First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends

by Roy Rowan, Brooke Janis
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First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan, Brooke Janis

"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once said. Perhaps that's why, for much of our Republic's history, there have been two top dogs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—one with two legs, one with four. First Dogs, by distinguished journalist Roy Rowan and researcher Brooke Janis, tells the whole doggone story, from the days before there was a White House to Barack Obama’s newly adopted presidential pup, Bo.

Here's a lighthearted romp through American history, packed with drawings and paintings from early America, plus photographs, starting with Abraham Lincoln's Fido. Not only did these four-footed goodwill ambassadors humanize their distinguished masters, they offered them a little unconditional love in a loveless town.

First Dogs gives dog lovers and history lovers a new angle on presidential history and is more fun than you can shake a stick (or rubber bone) at.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565129368
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 163
Sales rank: 1,258,262
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brooke Janis is a longtime television producer who has worked for CBS news and other national media. She lives in New York City.

Roy Rowan has been a correspondent and editor for Life, Time, and Fortune and has contributed to other major magazines. He is the author of numerous books and articles on business, foreign affairs, and politics, including The Intuitive Manager, The Four Days of Mayaguez, and Powerful People. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband is still reading it and I know he's really enjoying it. He keeps on stopping to tell me something interesting that neither of us ever knew about the relationship between the First Dogs and their families. This is a very enjoyable book.