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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455511455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455511457
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the book is a well-plotted and compelling story, which takes us into the Nasser family dynamic: when Dave and Christie start trying for a baby, they encounter heartbreak. Startlingly honest and well-written, Giant George's story stands apart from the slew of other dog books on the shelves." Publishers Weekly (1/30/12)



"What seems like a gimmicky idea for a book-life with the world's tallest dog (with a Guinness Book of World Records certificate to prove it)-turns out to be an engaging, humorous read...But rather than the rambles of an obsessed owner, the book is a well-plotted and compelling story, which takes us into the Nasser family dynamic: when Dave and Christie start trying for a baby, they encounter heartbreak. Startlingly honest and well-written, Giant George's story stands apart from the slew of other dog books on the shelves." --Publisher's Weekly





"He may not be Rin Tin Tin, but George has one enormous claim to fame: at nearly five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds, this Great Dane holds the Guinness World Record not simply for Tallest Living Dog but Tallest Dog Ever. With Oprah appearances, 75,000 Facebook fans, and over 2.6 million hits on his YouTube videos, George is big on followers, too. And he's a sweetheart. Buy for all those dog fans-we're legion." --Library Journal



"A hilarious story, and well told. Much of the humor comes from the spectacle of a couple of innocents having their eyes opened. After you've read about [George's] exploits, the Nassers won't be the only people smitten with him. You will be, too -- although if you're lucky, no one will ever ask you to provide space for him in your home." --Mike Neill, The Reading Room

About the Author

Dave Nasser has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Public Administration. He renovates houses and sells real estate in Tucson, where he lives with wife Christie, two young children, and, of course, Giant George.

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Customer Reviews

This book is very entertaining and well written.
Danna S. Bowden
Having a Great Dane myself, I really enjoyed all the stories about George's personality and the things he likes and dislikes.
Saundra McBride
I would recommend this book to anyone who love dog or animals.
W. Whittenberger

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yes, yes, I know, there are currently a plethora of books about dogs on the market. But I promise you there's not one that even comes close to this. In fact, don't believe there's a dog that comes close to Giant George because he is the biggest dog in the world and has his name in Guinness World Records to prove it. George is an amazing seven feet long and almost five feet tall. How the runt of a litter could grow this big is anyone's guess and certainly a shock to owners Dave and Christie Nasser.

It all began shortly after Dave and Christie married. He wanted to move back to his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. She, being a California girl, wasn't too enthusiastic about the idea, but she could be bribed - if they moved they'd have a house and she could have a dog. Sounded like a good compromise to Dave.

So, they began to settle in with Dave looking for a house and Christie looking for a dog - she found him, an irresistible Great Dane puppy they called George. Well, happiness didn't last long for Dave because by the time George was four months old Dave figured he was out about $2,000 - "...$1,750 for our puppy, plus the cost of around six weeks' worth of special puppy food, an extra-large crate, a leash and a collar, dog bowls..." He placed an ad in the Arizona Daily Star in the pets section "Home Needed For Great Dane Puppy."

But as it turned out he couldn't sell George, the puppy had become a part of their family (a large part, and Dave decided you just didn't give up on family. "Giant George Life with the World's Biggest Dog" is their story, and it's a whopper (pun intended). There's never been a dull moment. George has appeared on Oprah, has over 75,000 Facebook fans and 2.6 million hits on his YouTube videos. You'll smile, you'll laugh, probably sigh - it's for sure you've never read a dog story like this one.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BattleBornNV on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Giant George by Dave Nasser was quite a funny little book talking about such a BIG dog. George is the world's tallest dog, ever. And this book is about him, about his owners and about his rise to stardom. George was just an average Great Dane dog, until he grew to be over 200 pounds of HUGE. He sounds like a fun loving, easy going, calm dog that just loves his family, loves his fellow dogs and loves to be in the spotlight. So when he appeared on Oprah, it was right up his alley.

The story is about how this dog went from the runt of the family to being one of the most loved dogs in all of America and possibly the world. Nasser makes this story fun by telling what he thought, how he felt and what they did to raise this dogs into what he is today. There were moments of heart break and sadness followed by another fun story about George.

I would recommend this book to any dog lover, anyone who wants a quick laugh or someone who wants to find out about the worlds tallest dog!

I received this book for free from Grand Central Life & Style Publisher for this review through their association with NetGalley.com. I was not required to give a positive review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Dawn Rinck on May 8, 2012
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His dad wrote the greatest book about this gentle Giant and I loved every word I read. I couldn't put the book down. If you aren't a dog lover, you will be after reading this delightful book. I wish I lived near him to meet him. I joined his fan club!!!
Sheila R
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cajema on October 20, 2013
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Alas, Giant George died very recently. I am glad I have this book to remember him by. If you love Danes, in particular, you will love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abby on February 10, 2013
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This book is absolutely wonderful for anyone, but especially dog lovers. George's owners share their heartfelt story of love, trials and tribulations, as well as overcoming obstacles and finding happiness and success. I am owned by a Great Dane, so I may be swayed by their quirky ways and funny habits, but George can make anyone fall in love with him. I appreciate the realness and fun of the book and recommend it to everyone! Great job George!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mozarkann on April 20, 2012
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This was such a delightful read. It gave me enjoyable laughs, and brought back childhood memories of a dumped puppy that my brother and I brought home from the swimming pool. After seeing George's picture I realize our extremely tall hound was a great dane; who thankfully didn't get as big as George. George is just a wonderful dog, and thank goodness has a forever home with a family that can afford him, and loves him dearly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Sumter on October 25, 2013
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I have always wanted to read this books. Today I heard that George had died. So I decided to finally get his book. I read it all in one sitting. What a good book and great dog. I only wish the kindle edition had pictures. Maybe the non kindle books do? RIP GEORGE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 24, 2013
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Loved this book.. and the pictures were awesome..so neat to see him as a puppy an so gigantic now. Loved it.
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