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Abe & Fido : Lincoln's Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion
by Matthew Algeo


Overview - In early 1861, as he prepared to leave his home in Springfield, Illinois, to move into the White House, Abraham Lincoln faced many momentous tasks, but none he dreaded more than telling his two youngest sons, Willie and Tad, that the family s beloved pet dog, Fido, would not be accompanying them to Washington.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In early 1861, as he prepared to leave his home in Springfield, Illinois, to move into the White House, Abraham Lincoln faced many momentous tasks, but none he dreaded more than telling his two youngest sons, Willie and Tad, that the family s beloved pet dog, Fido, would not be accompanying them to Washington. Lincoln was afraid the skittish dog couldn t endure the long rail journey, so he decided to leave the mutt behind with friends in Springfield.
Fido had been by Lincoln s side as the prairie lawyer rose from obscurity to the presidency, sometimes carrying bundles of letters from the post office in his mouth as he and his master walked the streets of the state capital. "Abe & Fido "tells the story of two friends, an unlikely tandem who each became famous and died prematurely.
The book also explores the everyday life of Springfield in the years leading up to the Civil War, as well as Lincoln s sometimes radical views on animal welfare and how they shaped his life and his presidency. It s the story of a master and his dog, living through historic, tumultuous times.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556522222
  • ISBN-10: 1556522223
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 176


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Books > History > United States - 19th Century
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > Pets > Dogs - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Algeo (Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure) celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s compassion for animals, exemplified by his relationship with his household pets, particularly Fido, a “friendly yellow mutt.” The dog “amused Lincoln to no end,” serving as a loyal companion to his sons and “a kind of mascot for the neighborhood boys” of Springfield, Ill., in the period prior to Lincoln’s presidency. A lifelong animal lover, Abe is depicted returning baby birds to their nest, rescuing a turtle from hoodlums, and nursing his first dog, Honey, back to health after he found her with a broken leg. In the White House, he was rumored to have fed his cat at the table with a gold fork. Algeo contextualizes these lighthearted anecdotes by discussing other White House pets, as well as the general treatment of animals during the era of Lincoln’s presidency. Oddly, the book’s narrative arc focuses on Lincoln’s political career, with the parts about his pets treated more as asides. Although there is an overall lightheartedness in tone, be prepared: Fido’s fate was no happier than his master’s. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.)

 
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