The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
Written by Graeme Smith
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada


Veteran foreign correspondent Smith delivers an evocative, on-the-spot, compassionate, and ultimately devastating report from the front-line of Canada’s confused mission in southern Afghanistan. This is a grim, maddening, and entirely compelling account of an international debacle, told with dry humour, stoic prose and a gallery of memorable, resilient characters. As Canada leaves Afghanistan, Smith analyzes our achievements there and what exactly we left behind in the dust. ‘We lost the war’, Smith laments, ‘and it broke my heart.’





Graeme Smith

works as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, supervising a small team in Afghanistan. He previously served as a foreign correspondent for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, with postings in Moscow, Kandahar (2006–2009), Delhi and Istanbul. His awards include three National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s highest prize for print journalism, and the annual Michener Award for public service given by the Governor General of Canada. In 2013, Smith won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan. He also won an Emmy in 2009, for a video series that recorded the opinions of Taliban fighters. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Ryerson University and was the editor of the Eyeopener, Ryerson’s student newspaper. He currently lives in Kabul.