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251 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 1952
So long ago, thought Jenkins. So many things have happened, Bruce Webster was just starting to experiment with dogs, had no more than dreamed his dream of talking, thinking dogs that would go down the path of destiny paw in hand with Man… not knowing then that Man within a few short centuries would scatter to the four winds of eternity and leave the Earth to robot and to dog. Not knowing then that even the name of Man would be forgotten in the dust of years, that the race would come to be known by the name of a single family.
These are the stories that dogs tell when the fires burn and the wind is from the north. Then each family gathers at the heartstone and the pups sit silently and listen and when the story's done they ask many questions."What is Man? " they'll ask.
Or perhaps: "What is a city?"
Or"What is a war?"
There is no positive answer to any of these questions.