On Foreign Assignment plunges us with a shock of reality into the gritty other-world of the foreign correspondent. Ab Douglas, a former CBC journalist and CTV co-anchor, combines his authoritative voice with an underlying passion for the news in bringing us the inside story of a vocation which is sometimes described as "the world's most dangerous job." Not all aspects of international reporting are exciting or glamorous - drawbacks include everything from no home life to the temptations of alcohol to cockroaches in hotel rooms. But despite the high number of correspondents killed on the war-related assignments, the life continues to attract those risk-takers who will go to any length in "getting story." Douglas analyzes the role of the media during wartime from the Crimean War to Vietnam and the Gulf War. He casts perceptive eye at the "juggernaut" of technology and its sensationalized affect on responsible journalism, and at government manipulation of the news, from censorship and "spin control" to the outright murder of journalists. We are invited behind-the-scenes to a formal dinner with DeGaulle and to a beach party at the Kennedys', and are privy to revealing insights into famous personalities like Diefenbaker and Gorbachev, Peter Jennings and Arthur Kent. Douglas presents us with an in-depth look at foreign reporting, including the growing number of women correspondents, and an eye-opening view of world politics - chased down with a good stiff shot of adrenalin.
|Publisher:||Detselig Enterprises, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x (d)|