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The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme 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.
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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Published by: Random House of Canada on Sep 20, 2013
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ALFRED A. KNOPF CANADA
 
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  THE PROPHET’S CLOAK 
W
e lost the war in southern Afghanistan and it broke my heart. When I started following the surges of troops into Kandaharand surrounding provinces in 2005, I felt excited by the idea that theinternational community could bring the whole basket of civilizationto the south: peace, democracy, rule of law, all those things. Now the foreign troops are withdrawing. We have abandoned our lofty goals. Now it’s all about damage control, about exercising optionsthat limit embarrassment. The years when our armies pounded their way into the south will be remembered for heights of violence thatexceeded the gruesome body count of the Taliban wars in the 1990s.Every wave of foreign troops coincided with more skirmishes, moreassassinations, more bloodshed. Our attempts to set up a moderate Afghan administration gave birth to a regime that resembled neithera fully democratic government nor a group capable of ruling itsentire territory. It failed the basic test of statehood: monopoly on thelegitimate use of violence. Ordinary people turned to Taliban courtsin search of justice less corrupt than the system imposed by outsid-ers. The insurgents were not defeated. We killed thousands of them,but their movement would not die.It’s not just that the foreigners gave up on dreams of a betterfuture for southern Afghanistan, but that we’re leaving a dangerous

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