No Better Friend

One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
By Robert Weintraub (Hardcover Book, 2015)
The extraordinary tale of friendship and survival between a man and a dog in war.

AN UNCOMMON BOND tells the remarkable story of Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in an internment camp during WWII. Judy was a fiercely loyal animal who sensed danger and instinctively mistrusted anyone in enemy uniform.

Their relationship deepened throughout their imprisonment. The prisoners suffered severe beatings which Judy would interrupt with her barking. The dog became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy was the war's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story-of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance-is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316337069

    • On Sale Date: 05/05/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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The extraordinary tale of friendship and survival between a man and a dog in war.

AN UNCOMMON BOND tells the remarkable story of Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in an internment camp during WWII. Judy was a fiercely loyal animal who sensed danger and instinctively mistrusted anyone in enemy uniform.

Their relationship deepened throughout their imprisonment. The prisoners suffered severe beatings which Judy would interrupt with her barking. The dog became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy was the war's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story-of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance-is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.

Robert Weintraub is a sports columnist for Slate, and his writing has also aired on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and dozens of other outlets. He is the author of The House That Ruth Built and The Victory Season and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times sports pages.

  • Praise for The Victory Season

    "Meticulously researched and elegantly written... From start to finish, The Victory Season is a home run." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • "The Victory Season leaps off the page like a newsreel." -- Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

  • "A beautifully written paean to the 1946 baseball season, when normalcy returned to the national pastime." -- Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

  • "As Robert Weintraub's measured, elegant prose illustrates, "The Victory Season" makes an irrefutable case that baseball's golden age begins in 1946. Grade: Grand slam." -- Mark Hodermarsky, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN
  • Pages: 288
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316337069
  • On Sale Date: 05/05/2015