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The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events [Paperback]

Stanley Coren

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21 July 2003 Dogs and the Course of Human Events
Over the course of three decades, noted psychologist and renowned dog expert Stanley Coren has amassed a truly remarkable collection of stories, PAWPRINTS OF HISTORY is a light-hearted romp through the ages with a special eye out for man's best friend. As history's great figures strut across the stage, Coren guides us from the wings, lovingly picking out the canine cameos and giving every dog of distinction its day. He vividly depicts the dogs that have played a significant role in the lives of many historical figures, and shows how their relationships with their people have directly influenced the course of world events. In this unparalleled chronicle, we see how Florence Nightingale's chance encounter with a wounded dog changed her life by leading her to the vocation of nursing. We learn why Dr. Freud's Chow Chow attended all of his therapy sessions and how the life of the Fifth Dalai Lama was saved by a dog who shared his bed. From canines who accompanied the rulers of ancient Egypt to those belonging to the presidents of the United States, dogs have been companions as well as political symbols and instruments of public relations - including Calvin Coolidge's collie Prudence Prim, who had a cheerful collection of fancy hats, and Bill Clinton's chocolate Lab, Buddy, who made timely appearances to help his master through photo opportunities. In this definitive collection of canine greatness, bursting with tales of famous figures and their four-legged catalysts Coren convincingly documents that wherever are found the footprints of history, there too one will find the pawprints.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster International; 1st Free Press Trade Pbk. Ed edition (21 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743222318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222310
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.7 x 21 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seattle Post-Intelligencer" A true-tales look at the fascinating role of dogs in history.

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Stanley Coren is the bestselling author of THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOGS (Headline) and has also written WHY WE LOVE THE DOGS WE DO and HOW TO SPEAK DOG, he is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming view of some wonderful friendships 12 Feb 2004
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This interesting book discusses the relationships between several noteable people and their dogs. At least one cynical Washington D.C. politician said that "if you want someone to love you in this town, buy a dog," and you will find he was not the first one to conjure up that thought. The author shows how people such as Florence Nightingale, Frederick the Great, Robert Burns, and Sigmund Freud were all warmly touched by the positive side of their dogs. These people, who somehow seemed so intensely boring in History class, never seemed so human as when interacting with their dogs. Dogs have served as companions for many others who needed a consistent friend, and they often served as inspirations for those who enriched our artistic and aesthetic lives (perhaps because they were so cheerful and so honest). Oh, by the way, the author gives us some pretty interesting lessons in history and the arts, too, so this story is not just about the canids. If you are looking for a good book to curl up with, and read to, your animal companions, give this one a try.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 12 April 2002
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I am an avid reader, history buff and dog lover. This book is wonderful and appealed to me in many ways. This book brings history to life by turning historical figures into real people. It also tells many stories that show how dogs have not only been a part of history, but have influenced it as well.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific book 1 May 2003
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I can't remember when I enjoyed a book more. It was insightful, fascinating, and difficult to put down. Surprisingly easy to read, I would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who owns or loves dogs. I would also recommend it to history buffs or to those who want to read about famous people and events from a slightly different perspective. What a terrific read!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book is amazing 13 Oct 2005
By Joseph Vesper - Published on
Dogs are my passion, in this wonderfully written book I've found that I am in GREAT company. It was well written, some of the stories could have been shorter. But it made me laugh and cry, and after almost every chapter I was amazed at what I didn't know about the people in the chapter. The research was extensive for this book. So if you love dogs and you love history you will really love this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pawprints of History 25 July 2006
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This is an excellent and well-researched book describing how humans and dogs have interacted through history. It includes a wealth of interesting information about both individual and societal attitudes towards dogs and how those attitudes impacted events. Although the book is about the role of dogs in history, the stories humanize historical events by showing how compassion towards or fear of dogs affected individual people and societies. Great book.
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