Courageous, devoted, and fiercely loyal, military dogs are truly man's best friend on the battlefield. These faithful canine warriors have been active members of the U.S. military since 1942, and in recent years, they are the single greatest advantage that allied forces have against the signature weapon of the post-9/11 era - the IED.
War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love gets to the heart of the connections these dogs form with their human comrades, and how this symbiotic relationship has forever changed the way soldiers experience war.
Informed by Frankel's own training with military dog teams and interviews with K-9 program managers, veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram, and the handlers who have deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan, War Dogs illuminates the natural abilities of these animals and the unbreakable bonds between handler and animal as they risk their lives side by side.
Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy Magazine. Her regular Friday column "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week" has been featured on The Best Defense since January 2010. Her 2011 photo essay "War Dog," has received upwards of 16 million views. In conversation with James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
Rebecca Frankel has been writing about war dogs since 2010 in her Friday column called "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week." Her photo essay "War Dog," is one of the most-viewed pieces in Foreign Policy's history. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, and elsewhere. She has been a commentator on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and MSNBC among others. In 2011, she was named one of 12 women in foreign policy to follow on Twitter by the Daily Muse. She is currently senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy magazine. A Connecticut native, Frankel lives in Washington, DC.