National Press Club

Frankel to recount tales of canine heroism at book rap on Oct. 29

October 5, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Loyal and courageous, dogs are truly man’s best friend on the battlefield.

In “War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love,” Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs’ special abilities—from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions.

Frankel will discuss and sign copies of the book at an October 29 Book Rap, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute.

The history of dogs in the U.S. military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, but top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram.

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 photo essay “War Dog” is one of the most-viewed pieces in’s history.