"If you want to know how Canada wound up on the front lines in Afghanistan, follow the dots in THE UNEXPECTED WAR: CANADA in KANDAHAR. It reads like a whodunit. From the players, the private conversations and the presumptuous bravado in the Canadian and American corridors of power, this is the inside story." -- Sally Armstrong
"The Unexpected War is a fine piece of work--well-written, engaging, informative and thorough (supported by inside information and insightful personal interview material). For anyone interested in a first-hand account of Canada's road to Kandahar--and the political and bureaucratic machinations that accompanied it--this book is a must read." -- The Ottawa Citizen
"This book reveals tough realities about how public servants and politicians dither and avoid hard decisions in Ottawa, and about how our senior public service needs a deep shake-up. Its insights are more than timely, they are urgent!" -- Senator Hugh Segal, former Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and a Senior Fellow at the Queens School of Policy Studies
"[A] riveting insider's account that will challenge any preconceived notions about the war, and might well leave you flabbergasted and hopping mad, regardless of where on the political spectrum your sympathies lie... a tour de force." -- The Montreal Gazette
From the Author
Janice Gross Stein is the director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Eugene Lang was the former chief of staff for two Liberal ministers of defence.