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A DOG'S HISTORY OF AMERICA: HOW OUR BEST FRIEND EXPLORED, CONQUERED, & SETTLED A CONTINENT
Author: Mark Derr
Publisher: PENGUIN/PUTNAM (PENGUIN ACCT), Aug 2013
Wherever humans have gone in the New World, dogs have been their companions as sled dogs & sheepdogs, hounds & Seeing-Eye dogs, guard dogs, show dogs, & bomb-sniffing dogs. Derr tracks changes in American culture & society, t/out history. 8 pg. B&W illus; 7x9 inches, 192 pgs.
Wherever humans have gone in the New World, dogs have been their companions, from the time people crossed the Bering Land Bridge some 20,000 years ago.
In this remarkable history of the interaction between humans & dogs, Mark Derr looks at the ways in which we have used canines--as sled dogs & sheepdogs, hounds & Seeing Eye dogs, guard dogs, show dogs, & bomb-sniffing dogs--as he tracks changes in American culture & society. From the Spanish conquest of the Americas to the English colonial period, from the age of revolution to slavery, from WW II to the Vietnam War, Derr weaves a remarkable tapestry of heroism, betrayal, tragedy, kindness, abuse, & unique companionship. The result is an enlightening perspective on American history through the eyes of humanity's best friend.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Derr does a remarkably good job of constructing a plausible account of the dog's first 3 centuries in the Americas." --Johnathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
"This portrait's crisp, well-balanced, methodical approach is neither tear-jerking nor syrupy. Derr balances a tough realism about the dog's position in history with an appreciation for the dog's steep path of challenge en route to winning a spot in our hearts & homes." --Ranny Green, The Seattle Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark Derr is the author of several books, most recently Dog's Best Friend: Annals of the Dog-Human Relationship. He writes regularly for The New York Times and lives with his wife in Florida.