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Book reviews

When even narrow objectives fall short

A few months ago, Christie Blatchford released Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us. The best work in the book, writes reviewer David Swick, is thoughtful, well-researched, and delivered with punch .But what about the rest? And, why don’t we hear from one occupational leader in all 258 pages?

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Peace Meals: A Book Review

Peace Meals by Anna BadkhenIn Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories, correspondent Anna Badkhen writes about conflict and food, and how sharing a meal in “the most forlorn and violent places on earth” can be a reassertion of life itself. A review by Claude Adams.
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A Dying Breed?

Esprit de Corps editor Scott Taylor is taken to task for irresponsible behaviour in a new review by J-Source contributor, Jeffrey Dvorkin. Taylor – a former soldier – writes about carrying weapons when he was embedded as a freelancer with a Canadian unit in the Balkans in 1988.  He says he fired a pistol towards Serbian forces. Dvorkin – a former news chief with CBC Radio and NPR – says Taylor “not only endangered himself, but endangered all other foreign
correspondents who would come into the field long after Taylor had
returned to safety in Canada.”

Last year, 109 journalists died trying to cover the news. Reviewing two recent books dealing with journalism and danger, Dvorkin says some journalists teeter between recklessness and bravery in their hunt for the story.
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An American Radicals brand of investigative journalism

American RadicalI.F. Stone made significant contributions to investigative journalism at a time in the U.S. when holding powerful institutions to account was seen as unpatriotic and disloyal, writes Cecil Rosner in this review of D.D. Guttenplan’s new biography American Radical The Life and Times of I.F. Stone.
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