Good read: "Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon" by Bronwen Dickey. This book is full of great information about the history and current state of affairs for the Pit Bull in America. Reading it I realize that I've inadvertently participated in perpetuating a negative and harmful stereotype of Pit Bulls, one based upon sensationalism and fear, not facts. In her book, Bronwen examines the intersection of Pit Bull ownership, racism and class in America, and how media coverage and inconsistent dog bite data conspire to further demonize the breed. I'm particularly impressed with her observation and acknowledgement of the lack of diversity within the well-meaning animal rescue movement, and what that may ultimately mean for Pit Bulls and other breeds. But as Levar Burton says on Reading Rainbow: "Don't take my word for it!
"Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon" is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pit-Bull-Battle-over-American/dp/0307961761.
New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/31/science/review-pit-bull-by-bronwen-dickey.html?_r=0.
Looking for your next dog? Check out LA Animal Services (http://www.laanimalservices.com/adopt/), Angel City Pits (http://www.angelcitypits.org/), or Karma Rescue (http://karmarescue.org/).