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Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradleys Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.Left in the wild, Billie the elephant would have spent her days surrounded by family, free to wander the jungles of Asia. Instead, traders captured her as a baby and shipped her to America, where she learned to carry humans, stand on a tub and balance on one leg - the full repertoire of elephant tricks. For decades, Billie crisscrossed the country, dazzling audiences as she performed breathtaking stunts.

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Carol Bradley

My family had a couple of dogs when I was very young and adopted a number of stray cats, but I really became interested in the lives of animals after my husband and I acquired two Shelties. I was fascinated at the intelligence and emotional complexity of those beloved dogs.

As a newspaper reporter, I began to write about horse slaughtering and animal hoarding and - after covering an egregious puppy mill bust - my interest in the underbelly of the animal world deepened.

I studied Animal Law as a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2004 and afterward began work on my first book: Saving Gracie: How one dog escaped the shadowy world of American puppy mill (Wiley, 2010.)

Last Chain on Billie is my second book.

I live in Great Falls, Montana with my husband and three very colorful rescued dogs.

Check out my website at www.carolbradley.com

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