The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War In Afghanistan

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

byGraeme Smith

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For readers of War by Sebastian Junger, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full-time in the dangerous southern region.

The Dogs are Eating Them Now
is a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan and how it went dangerously wrong. Written by a respected and fearless former foreign correspondent who has won multiple awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video series "Talking with the Taliban") this is a gripping account of modern warfare that takes you into back alleys, cockpits and prisons--telling stories that would have endangered his life had he published this book while still working as a journalist.

From the corruption of law enforcement agents and the tribal nature of the local power structure to the economics of the drug trade and the frequent blunders of foreign troops, this is the no-holds-barred story from a leading expert on the insurgency. Smith draws on his unmatched compassion and a rare ability to cut through the noise and see the broader truths to give us a bold and candid look at the Taliban's continued influence--and at the mistakes, catastrophes and ultimate failure of the West's best intentions.

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For readers of War by Sebastian Junger, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and The Forever War by Dexter Filkins: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journ...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.3 × 6.38 × 1.07 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307397807

ISBN - 13:9780307397805

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative This book tells the why the Afghan war followed the trail it did for the U.S. army and its counterparts.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative This is a very well written book that tackles some very tough subjects without gore. It brings those of us on "this side" much closer to understanding what happened and what is happening over in Afghanistan. I do not read this type of book normally, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations Graeme for taking the assignment on (very brave) with the newspaper and now for allowing us to understand some of what you learned.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but... The text was interesting but felt anecdotal and episodic. After reading the book, I know more of the events and confounding factors in the Afghan conflict, but my understanding remains shallow. Perhaps that says more about the conflict than this book.
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are We Winning the War in Souithern Afghanistan? 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 of Afghanistan. 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.
Date published: 2013-10-08

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER  WINNER 2013 – Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-FictionFINALIST 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