Four Feet Tall and Rising (Hardcover)

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Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall but that hasn't stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood breed of dog in the world.

A third generation dwarf, ex-gang member, and ex-con, Shorty knows what it's like to be misunderstood and in this candid memoir, he shares his personal story for the first time. No one expected Shorty to live let alone succeed, and yet he has, overcoming every challenge, from an abusive home to the violent streets and gangs of South Central LA, to the notorious cell blocks of Folsom Prison where he was imprisoned for attempted murder.

After 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days behind bars, Shorty gained his freedom and the chance to put his entrepreneurial and negotiation skills to the test. He cut the ribbon on his own business, Shortywood, with three goals: to turn his life around, act as a talent agent for little people and establish and fund charities that advocate for, rescue and place abandoned or abused pit bulls into safe homes. In the process, he became a reality-TV star. Now, with Hercules, his rescued pit bull and newly trained service dog by his side, Shorty continues to save pits from the basements and backyards of breeders and abusers while taking on new and even bigger challenges. And nothing is gonna stand in his way.

Shorty Rossi is four feet tall-and rising.

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 288 pages

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13 Reviews
4.6

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4.6

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Pros

  • Easy to read (11)
  • Well written (9)
  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Informative (6)
  • Page-turner (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older readers (7)
    • Gift (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual reader (6), Bookworm (3), Everyday reader (3)

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    4.0

    Awesome book

    By Half pint.

    from Nova Scotia Canada

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    Pros

    • Informative

    Cons

    • A Bit Slow

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about this product:

    I have an even greater appreciation for Shorty.

     
    4.0

    FOUR FEET TALL AND RISING

    By Joy

    from Shillington, PA 19607

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Reference

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    The Book is interesting but some of the language is somewhat too much I know some people who would never read it especialy with all of F words in it.

     
    4.0

    I would read this over and over again

    By chuchumama

    from Lawrence, Ks

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about this product:

      I liked how he went threw all his life from start to now.

       
      5.0

      Great book!

      By Suz

      from Vista, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Engaging characters
      • Shorty is fascinating
      • Well Written

      Cons

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          Love the work that Shorty does with pit bulls. I know he is changing people's minds about the breed through this book and his tv show.

           
          5.0

          Great Book!

          By Sky Wolf

          from Meridianville, AL

          About Me Bookworm

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Couldn't put it down
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Informative
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Reference
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about this product:

            This book was great. Shorty wrote it just like he talks and all my questions about him were answered. Once I opened it and started reading I couldn't put it down. I'm now even more of a fan that I was to begin with.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What an unfortunate, but amazing life.

            By Reenie

            from Ogden, Utah

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            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Animal and shorty lovers

              Comments about this product:

              While reading Shorty's book I could hear his voice and personality like he was reading it to me. I love getting to know the real person behind the show that is unmissable for me. What a character and exceptional human he is, a true example of overcoming bad situations and making your life the best it can be! This is the first book I have read in years that I was intrigued and couldn't wait to read the entire story.

               
              5.0

              Great for Shorty Fans!! And I am one!

              By Tigger Fan

              from Cobleskill, NY

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              • Easy To Read
              • Well Written

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                  Comments about this product:

                  Shorty tells it like it is. He writes exactly how he talks. Its great!! Good Job Shorty, can't wait for the new season!
                  Love those Pit Bulls!!!

                   
                  5.0

                  I am buying this for family & friends.

                  By fan in Texas

                  from Lake Jackson, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters

                  Cons

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                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers
                    • Teenager Must Read

                    Comments about this product:

                    It is great to finally have a reference I can recommend to teenagers on the edge, older family for tolerance, myself for humbleness.

                     
                    5.0

                    Loved this book!!!!

                    By Debbie the Rottie owner

                    from Saint James, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Read
                    • Engaging characters
                    • Well Written

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                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Travel Reading
                      • Younger Readers

                      Comments about this product:

                      I loved this book and finished it in 2 days. Nice to read a true story that actually has a happy ending!!!!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Up close and personal

                      By Animal lover D.

                      from Lincoln Pk, NJ

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Read
                      • Informative
                      • Well Written

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                          I watch Pit Boss every week. I can picture Shorty going through everything and the situations he faced while reading this book. I feel I know him as a good friend. (I wish I can meet him.) He might be little, but he has a HUGE heart when it comes to the animals, definately Pit Bulls... This book goes so fast. I will most likely read it again and again and again. Thank You Shortly for sharing your life story with me. Two Thumbs Up!!!!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          i would buy this product again and again

                          By sas

                          from linn,ks

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                          Pros

                          • Deserves Multiple Readings
                          • Easy To Read
                          • Engaging characters
                          • Informative
                          • Page-Turner
                          • Well Written

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                              i love this book and shorty.i hope to meet him one day

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              A great book if you are a true dog lover

                              By Luvbridge

                              from Presently at The Villages, FL

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Read
                              • Engaging characters

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                                • Gift
                                • Older Readers

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                                I found this book to be informative. Shorty tells it as it is, no sugar coating. He has led a very interesting life and his devotion to the pit bulls is quite touching. I feel all dogs need a chance and so often it is the owners that make a dog bad. I enjoy the TV series and so this was just frosting on the cake for me. I applaud Shorty and his staff for their work with pits.

                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great book for Pitboss fans

                                By ice T

                                from CC_CA

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                                • Easy To Read

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