2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now

Graeme Smith 
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now 
Knopf Canada



Jury Citation

In The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, Graeme Smith tells the story of Canada’s role in the ill-fated war in Afghanistan. Beyond bang-bang journalism or simple-minded patriotism, Smith takes readers on a boots-on-the-ground journey through an inhospitable landscape and an impossible military mission. It is a master class in war reporting that will be studied by Canadian policy makers for years to come.


About the Book

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full-time in the dangerous southern region. Graeme Smith provides a highly personal narrative of the war and how it went dangerously wrong, taking readers into back alleys, cockpits, and prisons. 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, Smith provides a candid look at the Taliban's continued influence—and at the mistakes, catastrophes, and ultimate failure of the West's best intentions.

About the Author

Graeme Smith covered the Afghan war for The Globe and Mail from 2005 to 2009. He has also been a correspondent for the paper based in Istanbul, Delhi, and Moscow. He recently won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and was nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Currently based in Kabul, Smith is a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, which offers non-partisan analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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