Synopses & Reviews
If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once said. Maybe that's why, for many of our Republic's 220 years, there have been two top dogs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--one with two legs and one with four. FIRST DOGS, by veteran journalist Roy Rowan and photo researcher Brooke Janis, tells the whole doggone story, from the days before there was a White House to the dog days of Bill Clinton's presidency. FIRST DOGS is packed with drawings and paintings from early American history, plus photographs of canines from Abraham Lincoln's Fido to Zeke, the cocker spaniel that the Clintons owned in Arkansas. Laddie Boy, Fala, Pushinka, King Timahoe, and Liberty are just a few of the four-footed goodwill ambassadors who have left their mark on the American consciousness (and not just the East Lawn). "FIRST DOGS is a doggone delight that will leave you sitting up and begging for more. I give it four paws up."--Dan rather, CBS Evening News; "Intriguing information and fascinating trivia."--Chattanooga Times.
"A doggone delight that will leave you sitting up and begging for more. I give it four paws up." --Dan Rather, CBS News
"It's the charming photos that make First Dogs
so appealing." --USA Today
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Succeeds in keeping the tail of trivia wagging the dog of American history. This one is fur keeps." --People
"Rowan intertwines anecdotes and dozens of photographs with hard-to-stop-reading stories that track the canine legacy on America's democracy." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
From Sweet Lips (George Washington's foxhound) to Millie (George Bush's spaniel), dogs have been at the side of American presidents wherever they went. In this lighthearted romp through American history, Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis put a human (or rather "canine") face on the dignified statesmen and their families who have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Drawings, paintings & photos. Media tour.
"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.
About the Author
Roy Rowan has been a correspondent and editor for Life
, 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.
Brooke Janis is a longtime television producer who has worked for CBS news and other national media. She lives in New York City.