Gross Stein and Eugene Lang


2007 Winner

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar

Jury Citation

The Unexpected War takes us inside the doors of our federal government to tell an untold story - the genesis of Canada's participation in the war in Afghanistan. It is a book which charts new ground, bringing us revelation upon revelation about this most significant story.With its clarity, its compelling prose, its ring of authenticity, The Unexpected War does what great books of non-fiction do. It illuminates our times.” -- 2007 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (Robert Bothwell, Lawrence Martin, and Brigitte Pellerin)