Sandstone Press

​A Soldier’s Best Friend by ​Stephen Paul Stewart

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781910124123
Publication Date: 16/10/2014

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​A Soldier’s Best Friend
The canine heroes of Afghanistan

​Stephen Paul Stewart

Military working dogs are silently winning the war against the world’s deadliest insurgents; day after day saving soldiers’ lives in the most dangerous country on the planet. Many have been rescue animals, neglected or mistreated by their owners before being given a new lease of life on the front line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to military bases in Germany, army dog teams work day and night to keep us safe but, until recently, their courage and sacrifice has not been fully understood or appreciated.

In A Soldier’s Best Friend, award-winning journalist Stephen Paul Stewart employs in-depth interviews together with years of research and frontline reportage to tell their gripping and emotional stories for the first time. In this unprecedented account of the dogs’ close relationships with their handlers, Stewart reveals their extraordinary heroism and action-packed lives.

​Stephen Paul Stewart

​Stephen Paul Stewart portrait

Stephen Paul Stewart is a news reporter with one of Scotland’s biggest selling newspapers, The Daily Record, and has reported on subjects as widely diverse as neo-Nazi terror groups...

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‘A fascinating insight into a little-known subject, A Soldier's Best Friend is a moving and engrossing read.’
-Niall Edworthy