- Title: The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events
- Author: Stanley Coren
- ISBN: 9780743222310
- Page: 107
- Format: Paperback
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The Pawprints of History shines a new light on a favorite subject the relationship between humans and their four legged best friends Stanley Coren, a renowned expert on dog human interactions, has combed the annals of history and found captivating stories of how dogs have lent a helping paw and influenced the actions, decisions, and fates of well known figures from eveThe Pawprints of History shines a new light on a favorite subject the relationship between humans and their four legged best friends Stanley Coren, a renowned expert on dog human interactions, has combed the annals of history and found captivating stories of how dogs have lent a helping paw and influenced the actions, decisions, and fates of well known figures from every era and throughout the world As history s great figures strut across the stage, Coren guides us from the wings, adoringly picking out the canine cameos and giving every dog of distinction its day 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 Dogs have even found their way to the battlefield great military leaders such as Robert the Bruce and Omar Bradley have shared their lives, exploits, and gunfire with dogs From Wagner, who admitted that one of the arias in the opera Siegfried was written by one of his dogs, to the dogs that inspired and lived with Presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt, Johnson, and Clinton, these loving canines do double duty as loyal pets and creative muses From war to art, across the spectrum of human endeavor and achievement, there often stands, not only at his side but leading the way, man s beloved best friend For those who believe that behind every great person is a good dog, the uplifting stories in The Pawprints of History will be a lasting delight.
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This should have been a really gripping read for a dog lover like me, and I did find enough interesting to give it 3 stars, but it really slogged along at times. Coren's thesis is that dogs have changed the course of human history. I am sure they did, and he did have a couple of chapters that that reinforced such a belief, but, first of all, one would expect that a history book would be laid out in chronological order unless there was some other organizing principle, like "dogs in war," "dogs of [...]
Probably not the best book to read hot on the heels of the newly-released The Modern Dog. Some of the content is identical.Not that that hasn't happened before with Coren's worksThe Pawprints of History provides more than a few of the same stories used in the aforementioned work, expanding upon them in more detail. The historical accounts here are enough to make individual chapters out of, rather than just tidbits placed here and there to illustrate other discussions, as in the newer volume. It' [...]
This book is more a bon bon than anything substantial. But if you like dogs, you'll find this book a hoot. The premise is simple: dogs have had an impact on history. The book commences with a chapter on dogs as sentinels. Thereafter, we read stories of the role of dogs in the lives of people as varied as Saint Patrick, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner, Charles I, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Frederick the Great, Christopher Columbus, George Armstrong Custer, and so on [...]
Dogs have played key roles at various times in history. This book describes have acts of various dogs have affected history. From a pet greyhound of Alexandria the Great to the Lion Dogs of the Forbidden City to Presidential dogs, from war dogs to lap dogs, individual pets have affected the course of human events. Some of this is Counter-factual history, i.e. what if type of questioning. If Freud did not have a dog to deal with his own personal problems would he have come up with his ideas of ps [...]
Stanley Coren really likes dogs. In fact, The Pawprints of History is his fifth book about dogs. His premise is that pet dogs have played significant roles -- usually unwittingly -- in their masters' marks on history. Napoleon disliked dogs, but a Newfoundland saved him from drowning, before he could go on to start the chain of events that led to his defeat at Waterloo. Sigmund Freud noted that when his dogs were present during therapy sessions, patients felt more at ease and their treatment was [...]
Some stories (Chap. 12: The Dog Shogun) were interesting and clearly depicted the dog as an important character. However, there were several stories (Chap. 8: Dogs in the Opera House) where the dogs' presence is trivial and insignificant; it seems as if Coren were reaching to dramatize an otherwise common or inconequential canine behavior.
While Coren is a well known author about dogs, this book is more about famous people who loved dogs. It is generally easy to read, with some interesting legends and history, but did not really tell me much about dogs per se.
If you are a dog lover and a history buff, like me, you will love this book. It's an interesting look at how dogs helped shape history and often examines how things might have been different if it weren't for man's best friend.
This book is about dogs who have played a role in history. It was interesting, but not extremely well-written. And sometimes I felt like the author was stretching it with some of these dogs influencing history.
An examination of the effect of dogs on human history. You might be surprised at a few of these stories. And I'm sure there are many more. This guy has written a few other dog-centered books that I will check out.
I was amazed! Napoleon hated dogs, and one saved his life, and wars are won or lost based on the actions of a dog. fascinating.
Very interesting book about dogs and their place in human events.
Absolutely fascinating! It mixed my two favorite topics- animals and neat history stories. A must-read for any dog lovers!
Light reading, some interesting tid-bits but no meat.
This is non-fiction, and is a historical book on the owners of famous dog owners.
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