Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War

Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War

by David Halton


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Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War by David Halton

The first major biography of an iconic war correspondent sheds light on the personal life and fascinating career of a remarkable Canadian figure--and it's now available in paperback.

     "This is Matthew Halton of the CBC."
     So began Matthew Halton's war broadcasts. Originally a reporter for the Toronto Star, Matt Halton, as Senior War Correspondent for the CBC during the Second World War, reported from the front lines in Italy and Northwest Europe, and became "the voice of Canada at war." His reports were at times tender and sad and other times shocking and explosive. Covering the flashpoints of his generation--from the war trenches to the coronation of the Queen--Halton filed a series of reports warning that the Third Reich was "becoming a vast laboratory and breeding ground for war." For a decade he chronicled Europe's drift to disaster, covering the breakdown of the League of Nations, the Spanish Civil War, and the Nazi takeover of Austria and Czechoslovakia. Along the way he interviewed Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herman Goering, Neville Chamberlain, Charles de Gaulle, Mahatma Gandhi, and dozens of others who shaped the history of the last century.
     Drawing on extensive interviews and archival research, this definitive biography, written by Matthew's son, acclaimed former CBC correspondent David Halton, is a fascinating look at the career of one of the most accomplished journalists Canada has ever known.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771038204
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID HALTON, formerly the CBC News's Senior Correspondent in Washington D.C., is one of Canada's most acclaimed journalists. Throughout his career, he was The National's Paris-based correspondent, reporting on the de Gaulle government, Israel's Six Day War, and a coup in Greece. He was the CBC's Moscow correspondent between 1967 and 1968 and later covered events in the Middle East and the war in Vietnam. In addition, he was the chief political correspondent in Ottawa from 1978 to 1991. In 2005, Halton was presented with one of the most prized Gemini awards, the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Shithouse Halton's Son 5

2 Starting Out 15

3 To Europe 26

4 A Star Rising 40

5 Return to Europe 57

6 "The German Series": Sounding the Alarm 72

7 Royal Interludes 88

8 Twilight of Peace 102

9 To the Abyss 121

10 To War 139

11 A Short Time in Exile 155

12 The Desert War 162

13 The Road to Ortona 185

14 D-Day 204

15 Four Days in Paris 222

16 To Berlin 241

17 Post-War 258

18 Decline 278

Postscript 290

Author's Note 295

Illustration Credits 298

Notes 299

Select Bibliography 332

Index 336

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