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Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation

Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation

Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan shares his behind-the-scenes view of the journalistic investigation which finally brought down CBC's golden boy Jian Ghomeshi. I know two people who Ghomeshi assaulted, both of them telling me of his behaviour in 2008 and 2009. The book gives more perspective on the behinds the scenes investigative process, the challenge of meeting the legal standard
Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Sarah Jaffe of The Nation looks at the grassroot movements rocking the American political discourse on both the left and right during the past decade. With on the ground accounts of these movements, from Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, to BlackLivesMatter, Jaffe takes us closer to the movements that helped rise Bernie Sanders against the Democratic Party machine to
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill's Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill's Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops

I only read the first two chapters before having to move onto projects, and returning the book to the Hamilton Public Library. I greatly enjoyed the details and insight of the stories shared in the chapters, a fascinating look at the early Black Ops operations of the Second World War and how the SOE worked closely with local resistance movements
How English Became English: A Short History of A Global Language

How English Became English: A Short History of A Global Language

A venture outside of my normal reading topics, this book on the history of the English language was well worth my time. The most fascinating chapters of the book discussed local variations of the English language and the future of our tongue in the Internet age with new words being invented at an increasing rate. Discussions of how the meanings
Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age

Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age

Required reading for journalists and bloggers, as it shows the peril of rushing to judgement in the era of clickbait. Tom Flanagan was one of Canada's leading political scientists, until one statement in an academic discussion was taking out of context and spread across the Internet. In response to a question at the University of Lethbridge the night prior, Flanagan
The Death and Life of American Journalism

The Death and Life of American Journalism

Essential reading for anyone who wants to dig beyond the usual narrative that the Internet is to blame for all that woes journalism. I purchased this 2010 book after listening to an insightful discussion on Radio Open Source. The book looks at the decline of newspapers prior to the Internet as corporations consolidated ownership and started cutting journalists. The decline