In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs' special abilities - from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. The history of dogs in the U.S. military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs who lead patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel interviewed not only handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq but also top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. In a post-9/11 world rife with terrorist threats, nothing is more effective than a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler. With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving audiobook is a must-listen for all dog lovers-military and otherwise.
©2014 Rebecca Frankel (P)2014 Tantor
"Military aficionados as well as dog lovers will learn from and enjoy from this study of canine commandos and the service people who count on them." (Publishers Weekly)
Part of the time. Story began repeating on itself, so it got kind of boring after about Chapter 4.
It might be a good read for someone who has not read a lot about dogs.
She didn't do a very good job with male voices, particularly in battle scenes where things got intense.
No; I don't think it has the makings for a movie.
The story was a bit disjointed throughout. Jumping back and forth between the Gulf war, Vietnam, and WW I and II.
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