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War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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Gr 7–10—In this young readers edition of her adult title of the same name, Frankel explores the roles that our canine friends play in warfare. A self-avowed animal lover and rescuer, the author displays enormous empathy for the dogs and their handlers throughout. Though the subject is military working dogs, their handlers aren't separated from the story. The descriptions of the various dogs, their handlers, and their deployments together are intermingled throughout. Most of the accounts focus on missions from Iraq and Afghanistan, though there are several from the Vietnam War. Frankel's remarkable ability to get up close and personal with these creatures and their handlers, highlighting their incredible bonds, makes for a full and rich work. Many of the mission scenarios contain graphic details, an element that may be troubling for sensitive readers. VERDICT A solid choice for those who love dogs and are interested in all things military.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
“In this moving yet uncompromising book, Rebecca Frankel pays a tender tribute to a very special breed of dogs and men.” ―The Washington Times
“An exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving book.” ―Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“At the beginning of War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel presents us with an uncomfortable truth: 'There is something less complicated (and ironically more human) about relating to war through the story of a dog.' By the end of her heart-warming and heart-wrenching book, you'll know what she means -- if you don't already.” ―Becky Krystal, The Washington Post
“Is a war dog 'a furry but devoted weapon?' Frankel, a senior editor at Foreign Policy, asks. 'A faithful fighter? A fierce soldier? A guardian who keeps watch in the night?” ―Bronwen Dickey, The New York Times
“Military aficionados as well as dog lovers will learn from and enjoy this study of canine commandos and the service people who count on them.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The relationship between the handler and the handled is 'built first on a mutual trust...with a greater sense of loyalty and even love,' and [Frankel's] examples affectingly prove the bond.” ―Marine Corps Times
“This is a lovely book but it's also a surprising book. I opened it looking forward to reading a few good stories about the use of dogs in war. But midway through it, the realization hit me that this is something larger than that, and far deeper: it is a meditation on war and humans. It illuminates conflict from the unexpected angle of the allure of war, and the damage it does to both species.” ―Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
“Full of compelling stories about military dogs and the handlers who love them (and are often told not to). ... Frankel has done a brilliant job of taking us into another world of dogs and soldiers in war.” ―Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash
“Full of information about the nature, history, and training of military service canines, War Dogs sometimes reads like an adventure and sometimes reads like a novel that focuses on relationships and affection (here between a soldier and a dog). It is a very satisfying and often emotional read.” ―Stanley Coren, author of The Wisdom of Dogs
“A truly wonderful account of ‘man's best friend' in combat--and post-combat--missions: an inspirational, moving book that explains the extraordinary nature of the relationship between dogs and their military handlers in war and the equally extraordinary nature of the relationships between canine companions and military veterans dealing with the seen and unseen wounds of combat.” ―General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired)
“As an active duty MWD handler, I am always thrilled but equally as wary to hear that someone has written about MWD teams (we're protective like that). Thankfully, Frankel has done a superb job in both communicating what these teams can do on a level that is understandable to civilian and military alike, and highlighting the unique and lasting bond built between dog and handler, a bond many could not otherwise understand.” ―Military Working Dogs Facebook Page Administrator
“Skillfully...brilliant narrative.” ―Military Review
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