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Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation [Format Kindle]

Ann Bausum , David E. Sharpe

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"Is the appeal of this book greater for dog lovers or military-history buffs? It’s a toss-up, because the book’s charm simply radiates off the page in all directions." --Booklist

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Meet Sergeant Stubby: World War I dog veteran, decorated war hero, American icon, and above all, man's best friend. Stubby's story begins in 1917 when America is about to enter the war. A stowaway dog befriends Private James Robert "Bob" Conroy at the Connecticut National Guard camp at Yale University and the two become inseparable. Stubby also wins over the commanding officer and is soon made an official member of the 102nd Infantry of the 26th division. What follows is an epic tale of how man's best friend becomes an invaluable soldier on the front lines and in the trenches, a decorated war hero and an inspiration to a country long after the troops returned home.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 9580 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
  • Editeur : National Geographic (13 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00GQA29MU
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not much Stubby. 2 avril 2014
Par brian d foy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Most of this book isn't about Sergeant Stubby since his exploits with the Yankee Division are poorly documented, if at all. The first two-thirds of the book are more about the general history of World War I, the Yankee Division, and Sergeant Stubby's keeper, Corporal Conroy. If you already know the basic story of Stubby, you're likely to be disappointed that there's not much more to learn about his time in France. Some of the text reference photos, but those aren't part of the book.

The last third of the book is more about Stubby since Conroy was able to keep a scrapbook with his postwar activities. I found this part less compelling since it was the stories of his celebrity rather than his heroism.

Rin Tin Tin, Fanny the Goat, and Cher Ami, other famous World War I animals, make appearances.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 America's First Canine War Hero 4 mai 2014
Par L. M Young - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second time in four years I've discovered a new book based upon information I read first in a children's book published in the late 1950s, so it amused me a bit to see this book publicized as the "first time" Stubby's story is being told. Sergeant Stubby, a stray Boston terrier (or possibly Boston mix) who wandered out onto an Army training field in 1917, became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry and accompanied "the doughboys" to Europe. While in service, he was gassed and also physically injured in an attack. Stubby's story (and also the story of Snowman the jumping horse told in THE EIGHTY DOLLAR CHAMPION) was told in Patrick Lawson's MORE THAN COURAGE, published by Whitman Books.

Much of Bausum's story of Stubby and his "handler," Robert Conroy, and their experiences in World War I is that of conjecture, as Conroy kept no diary. However, after the war, when Stubby was welcomed home to as much acclaim as the men he served with, Conroy did keep a scrapbook, and much of that information is happily firsthand. Bausum does a super job of describing Stubby's and Conroy's world in the 'teens: the pre-war U.S., the world of the training camps and the trenches, the endless mud and disease and the very real terror of being killed or maimed, the horror of gas. There is also discussion of just what breed of dog Stubby was, as he has been described at various times as a pit bull, a bull terrier, or some other bully breed.

Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War, SERGEANT STUBBY is a lively and painless way to review the American experience during the event by following an affable dog and his devoted owner, and the book is scattered with vintage war illustrations, and photographs and ephemera from Stubby's scrapbook, plus a close-up of his famous jacket with all its ribbons and medals.

Note to Ann Bausum: if you don't want to drive every Bostonian (and possibly every New Englander) who reads this book mad, please correct the typos in the "Stateside" chapter which refer to the Boston "Commons." It is the "Common," singular, and has never been "Commons." Ever.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The WWI Dog that Captured the Heart of America 5 mai 2014
Par Q. Publius - Publié sur Amazon.com
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On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and all able-bodied men from age 21 yo 30 had to register for public service. A certain 25 year old James Robert Conroy from Connecticut volunteered and was sent to Yale to train. Enter Stubby--a bull terrier mix who liked to hang around the Yale athletic fields, begging for scraps and watching the men train. He attached himself to Conroy and there lies the rest of the story--a soldier and his dog. They were inseparable. Conroy served in the Headquarters Company of the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the Yankee Division. When the Division was called overseas, Conroy did not want to leave Stubby and the dog certainly did not want to be left behind either. He was smuggled aboard the ship and landed in France. Even when he was discovered, Conroy's superiors did not send him home--Conroy had taught the dog to "salute"! His superiors were charmed and the dog stayed. He became the regimental mascot and was loved by all the men. He became quite adapt at becoming a "war dog". He could smell the mustard gas and could warn the men. He lived in the trenches with the men. He even had his own gas mask! Stubby was wounded in battle and sent to recover with the injured troops. The dog became quite the hero. He returned home with his master, Robert Conroy and the two traveled around, telling of Stubby's adventures on the front lines. He heroics became quite an inspiration to those even long after the war was over. When Stubby died in 1926, Conroy had him preserved and he rests in the Smithsonian today!

Ann Bausum, an award winning author, has written many books for children, and came across Stubby's story by accident while researching a picture of a dog during World War I. Her investigation led her to the remarkable story of Stubby. This is a very readable book, and it is written for the general reader. It's not just about Stubby, as not everything is documented about the antics of the dog during the war, but it is about the daily life of a World War I soldier, and the story of Pvt. James Robert "Bob" Conroy, the man who loved his dog so much he would not part with him, even in war time. This readable, yet very interesting book, is written so that anyone from high school age to adults could enjoy it. There are ample black and white pictures of World War I scenes, Stubby, and Conroy. Stubby, a handsome dog, learned to pose for pictures, and he looks quite dapper in his uniform that was made in France for him, and all his medals, probably most of them belonging to Conroy. Conroy made a scrapbook about Stubby and his experience during and after the war, so much of the material for the book comes from that. Conroy died at the age of 95 in 1987. He was wise to give Stubby to the Smithsonian, where his body and artifacts are preserved and one can see him in a World War I exhibit. Conroy, briefly married after the war, was estranged from his family most of his life, so Stubby became his most treasured companion. Conroy married again in his 80s, long after his canine friend was gone, but he lives in the scrapbook that Conroy made about him. There is a detailed time line in the book that adds interest, and a bibliography as well. Perhaps because Bausum is used to writing for children, there is a reading guide included with questions about daily life in Wold War I at the end of the book. All in all, a delightful story, yet informative as it talks about life for the average soldier in the trenches, some battles and the general unpleasantness of warfare. Conroy's career after the war is discussed too, he became a lawyer and for a while, worked for the FBI. But most importantly, the book deals with the wonderful bond between a man and his dog and that is what makes it such a good tale.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When Stubby Comes Marching Home... 14 mai 2014
Par Erik Olson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of pit bulls - we had two growing up, and a couple of years ago I became the owner of an unwanted rescue pit from the pound. As one who is dismayed by the current aura of hysteria surrounding the breed, I'm glad to see fine books like "Sergeant Stubby" coming out that extol the virtues of this misunderstood type of dog.

Stubby, a friendly stray pit of dubious heritage, is adopted by the members of a National Guard outfit preparing for combat in WWI. Pvt. James Conroy soon becomes his primary guardian, and he trains Stubby to function within the unit as a mascot (Stubby even leans to smartly salute with his right paw). Eventually they wind up in Europe, where both Stubby and Pvt. Conroy see combat, are wounded in action, and become media darlings.

Stubby and Conroy both survive the Great War none the worse for wear, and after returning home they build upon their wartime fame by becoming involved in various veteran activities. Through it all, Stubby's winning personality charms all who meet him (including three US Presidents), and he becomes a sort of ambassador for his fellow troops. Indeed, he was somewhat of a nascent role model for the later K-9 Corps, as well as service dogs in general.

"Sergeant Stubby" is an easy and enlightening read. Although author Ann Bausum admits that she often had to speculate about Stubby's activities due to the dearth of documentation, there was more than enough evidence to demonstrate Stubby's devotion to his master and service to his unit, both during and after the war. In addition, Ms. Bausum shows how Stubby fit into the changing role of dogs from working animals to pets in the early part of the 20th century, as well as Stubby's early demonstration of the ability of dogs to assist troops in wartime and help those with post-war PTSD.

Ann Bausam has done a service to Stubby by bringing this formerly famous but now obscure dog back into the limelight. In addition to demonstrating the crucial role dogs play for our troops both on and off the battlefield, "Sergeant Stubby" also shows why the unjustly maligned pit bull was once a popular American breed, beloved by many for its even temperament and loyalty. Recommended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Ann Bausam's failed attempt to transition from children's books to adult books 11 août 2014
Par Scott Blake - Publié sur Amazon.com
As is the case with several other reviewers, I didn't like this book. I had read a little about Stubby and wanted this book to fill in the details. The author's research apparently didn't come up with much about him with the Yankee Division. There are too many instances of conjecture, what Stubby and his friend Robert Conroy might have done. After reading almost 100 pages, I skimmed the remainder of the book for content about Stubby. There were some good photos included but strangely missing was a photo of the preserved Stubby in the Smithsonian.

There were no footnotes or endnotes, which should have been essential for the reader to know the source of quotations and other concrete details. This is strange since there was a reasonably extensive bibliography. There were more than a few editing errors and one glaring factual error of the author claiming that the Lusitania was the Titanic's sister ship. The author has written children's books and this was her first book for an adult audience. Unfortunately it reads more like a children's book. If you want to read a good book on a war dog and his companion, try The Dog Who Could Fly.
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