The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan Hardcover – Sep 24 2013
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WINNER 2013 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2014 – Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
FINALIST 2014 – RBC Taylor Prize
FINALIST 2014 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
“Graeme Smith eschews the ‘official version’ of the war in Afghanistan and instead shows us life on the ground for the soldiers, insurgents, politicians, warlords, and—most importantly—the civilians caught between all sides.”
—Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
“Graeme Smith has long since demonstrated that he is one of the most resourceful and well-informed reporters covering Afghanistan. In his very well-written and entertaining new book he dissects the Western project in Afghanistan with deep reporting and analysis. It is a pleasure to read even if his conclusions are sobering.”
—Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad
“Very few foreign journalists have lived and told the story of southern Afghanistan like Graeme Smith. This is reportage that is both brilliant and brave, written in the dust and danger of a country that fades from global view. From the very first line of this book, you understand how much he cares about Afghanistan, and wants all of us to do the same. Written with great authority and affection, this book confronts the noble aims and aching failures of international engagement. It offers us a searing critique and a sober assessment of the world’s ability to do good in difficult places. Graeme admits his heart was broken by a war that drew in all of us. His book may break your heart too.”
—Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent
About the Author
GRAEME SMITH is a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, the world's leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. He covered the Afghan war for The Globe and Mail from 2005 to 2009, spending more time in southern Afghanistan during that period than any other Western journalist. The winner of many awards for investigative reporting--including an Emmy Award, the Amnesty International Award, three National Newspaper Awards, and the Michener Award for public service granted once annually by Canada's head of state--he lectures widely and served as an Adjunct Scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Based in Kabul, he travels frequently to Washington and Brussels.
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Top Customer Reviews
An interesting story, and a view that challenges the standard image of the war, but it will be some effort to get through it.
It's far from over even though we've for the most part, left the field.
In order to shape the governments response, through our votes and engagement, we need to be informed as to what actually happened.
The author provides a refreshingly objective perspective on a country that has known war for hundreds of years before we arrived. We chose to intervene and now were partially responsible for what happens next.
I suggest you get this book, read it, and think about it.
Then think about what Canada should be doing next - and act.
Most recent customer reviews
EXCELLENT BOOK TELLS THE REAL STORY OF AFGHANISTAN. EVERYONE SHOULD READ ITPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Graeme is a great journalist and writer, I'll pretty much read anything he writes.Published 22 months ago by James Munro
I picked this up in a book store, as I knew exactly to what the title referred. Unfortunately Graeme Smith is an awful reporter! Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2014 by Leo
Excellent portrait of the war in afghanistan. Vary down to earth.Published on Aug. 11 2014 by Tom Andrich
Who are the ones the title refer to as being eaten by dogs? If he's referring to humans who are 'enemies', then that doesn't change the fact that this title is shamelessly... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2014 by H. K.
The Taliban are born and raised in a culture that is beyond what civilized people can relate to. Slitting the throats of sheep and memorizing the Koran is all the education... Read morePublished on March 12 2014 by K. field
Not much new here but agree with the conclusion that tribal warfare will break out in a big way once the common enemy has departed the scene.Published on Dec 22 2013 by kendai
Graeme Smith, intrepid Globe & Mail reporter turned International Crisis Group employee in Afghanistan shares his experiences trying to get the whole story on Canada's experience... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2013 by Nick
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