From a pit-bull who missed a last-minute, fatal RAF bombing run and found a home with a crusty American general (the marvelous Patton, whom Roosevelt called “Our greatest fighting general, and sheer joy”), to Ike’s devoted companion, Telek, the leaders of the Greatest Generation were provided with nearly critical, unquestioning companionship by a group of dogs that returned the affection.
Author Kathleen Kinsolving, with a keen eye for the marvelous, forgotten stories from our nation’s history, has researched a loving look at the animals that provided such friendship to men who were faced with some of civilization’s most difficult decisions. This trio of dogs—Fala, Willie, and Telek—gives us a look into the lives of men we thought we knew well. Kinsolving recounts the behind-the-scenes looks at these famous dogs, offering a World War II story the likes of which we haven’t seen.
November 20, 2012
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