The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression by Karen Delise
First it was "bloodhounds." At other times, it may have been German Shepherd dogs or Dobermans that provoked urban myth and popular dread. Delise's groundbreaking history of our response to perceived canine aggression exposes how we can be persuaded to abandon common sense and allow our perceptions of dogs to be dictated by those who traffic in myths and pseudoscience. In doing so, she asks the critical question: Do we accept breed-ban placebos and risk losing our most rewarding and profound interspecies relationship, or do we step forward and take responsibility for our dogs?
Published by the National Canine Research Council