From the Inside Flap
Canadian combat troops have returned from Afghan-istan. Ten years, 157 dead, many more seriously wounded. Canadians are asking if the sacrifice was worth it. What did our efforts actually accomplish? Is the future of the Afghan people any more secure or hopeful? For most, the war in Afghanistan remains one of the most remote, misunderstood and mysterious events of their lifetime.
Murray Brewster, award-winning veteran defense correspondent for The Canadian Press, has covered the war in Afghanistan from Kandahar and forward-operating bases, the corridors of power in Ottawa and Washington, and NATO headquarters. He is courageous and tenacious, a journalist whose hard work resulted in interviews with Canadian troops, officials and warlords alike. He broke the story of Ottawa's attempts to silence whistle-blower Richard Colvin's story of tortured Afghan prisoners.
The narrative in The Savage War tackles the latter five years of the conflict. Brewster elicited first-hand commentary from the troops and senior members of the forces. Mandarins in Ottawa also gave Brewster face time, and he rigorously followed debate and parliamentary inquiries as the war ground on.
At the heart of the book are the Afghan people, whose land is a war zone. They are the human face of this conflict, and Brewster travelled to their villages and won their confidence to get their stories.
A superb story-teller, Brewster adds a dimension to the book: his own insights and hard-hitting criticism. His eyes and ears are those of every Canadian who has a desire to better understand a war half a world away that at times divided the nation, galvanized government controversy, cost hundreds of millions of dollars to wage, and cost lives.
From the Back Cover
The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan
is a detailed, inside account of the conflict that has shackled nations. It is an unflinching, unvarnished analysis of Canada's role in the war, told in the first-person by someone—award-winning defence correspondent Murray Brewster— who not only sat in the trenches with soldiers, but also in the living room of 24 Sussex Drive with the prime minister. It is the first comprehensive account of the five most significant years of the war and the key moments which shaped history.
As the country prepares to take on a new mission in Afghanistan, many Canadians are asking themselves what happened and what went wrong in Kandahar. The Savage War tackles those questions head on, taking the reader beyond the political spin and past the talking heads. The war's principal figures are captured in dozens of candid, off-camera moments. Stories of ordinary soldiers, the grit they exhibited, the sweat and blood they sacrificed, are told alongside the stories of Afghans,whose lives were torn asunder.