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The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan Hardcover – Sep 24 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; Second Impression edition (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307397807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307397805
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
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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Another journalist - Graeme Smith - has written of his experiences covering the insurgency in Afghanistan while working as a journalist for the Toronto Globe and Mail. Travelling independently, taking great risks at times, admitting his fear when he finds himself in dangerous situations, he provides a unique personal viewpoint covering the period 2005 to 2011 about the situation in Afghanistan. He is very careful about not criticising Canadian troops and their efforts which he admires. But he searches hard to find whether the strategies and programs being implemented by Western governments and militaries are succeeding against the forces of insurgency - which include corrupt officials, drug mafias, and dissatisified Pashtun villagers, all of which he personally encounters. The answers he finds too often contradict the official press releases, leaving him with a troubled outlook for the future. He sums up his conclusions in the first line of his book: "We lost the war in southern Afghanistan and it broke my heart." He has remained in Kabul working for the International Crisis Group. Anyone trying to understand the enormously complex issues in Afghanistan should read this book.
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I gave The Dogs are Eating Them Now, 5 stars because it engaged me from beginning to end. The combination of perspectives, military, insurgents, Taliban, civilian views showed detailed research and development in this book. In today’s world the "big picture" is not good enough. We need to hear from the people on the ground. Relating to my military experiences in Africa it is plain to see that the western world has great difficulty in helping other cultures in conflict. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in . Thanks for your brilliant work.
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The book was a difficult read, I believe another round of editing would have clarified the message and made it more compelling. The topic does need to be discussed, and it was an extremely valuable perspective on the Afghan War. I was certain we weren't getting an accurate picture as to what was happening during the war, and this book confirms that. However, the book came across as a collage of events with no real conclusions, nor any deep discussion on what our alternatives could have been or should be.

An interesting story, and a view that challenges the standard image of the war, but it will be some effort to get through it.
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We entered this war this after a very severely constrained debate in the House of Commons.
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.
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This is an excellent analysis of the most recent Afghan War and is written in Graeme's trademark open and honest style. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone, especially Canadian politicians, who wishes to have an informed opinion about what really happened here. It also serves as a study on how to avoid entanglement in this kind of hopeless conflict in the future.
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I like to think that I am a well educated person. So what did I think was really happening in Afghanistan? For people, like me, who live a sheltered life in Canada, this book is shocking. The atrocities that go on in Afghanistan are impossible to imagine. How is it possible that humans can be so horrible to one another? An excellent book but not an easy read and not a book to help you sleep.
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Thanks Graeme and to all of the helpful colleagues you thanked in your book. I savoured the read and felt fear as you and your translator would head down the highways. I could hear you, your narrative was spendid. I learned much.
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I could not put this book down. It took me behind the scenes of war and into stories that don't make the media. A must read.
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