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War dogs : tales of canine heroism, history, and love

Author: Rebecca Frankel
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Under the cover of night, deep in the desert of Afghanistan, a US Army handler led a Special Forces patrol with his military working dog. Without warning an insurgent popped up, his weapon raised. At the handler's command, the dog charged their attacker. There was the flash of steel, the blur of fur, and the sound of a single shot; the handler watched his dog take a bullet. During the weeks it would take the dog to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Narrative non-fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Frankel
ISBN: 9781137279682 1137279680 1137456612 9781137456618
OCLC Number: 869437580
Description: xi, 251 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Dogs in the time of war --
When dogs become soldiers --
The house of misfit dogs --
The trouble with loving a war dog --
Beware the loving (war) dog --
A dog of many talents --
The road to war leads through Yuma --
The fallen --
Wounds and healing --
The never again wars --
Home again, home again --
What we talk about when we talk about war dogs.
Responsibility: Rebecca Frankel ; foreword by Thomas E. Ricks.
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A compelling look at the important role that dogs have played in America's most recent military conflicts, replete with the touching stories of individual dogs and their handlers/soldiers  Read more...

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