"I went in behind the lines and emerged as a kind of agent. I
went in as a reporter and came out a kind of soldier. I sometimes
wish I had never gone in at all." -Paul Morton
War correspondents have long entered combat zoned at great
personal risk, determined to capture the conflict for those on the
home front. But during World War II, Toronto Star journalist Paul
Morton found himself not just reporting the war but fighting his
own personal battle in a shocking turn of events that led to
disastrous consequences for his career.
Morton volunteered in 1944 to parachute behind Nazi lines and
report on the guerrilla war being waged by Italian partisans. But
after he spent two months writing a series, the British Army
changed its battle strategy and ordered stories on the partisans to
cease. Morton's stories were "spiked," and he was discredited as a
correspondent. Morton was subsequently fired by the Toronto Star
after they unfairly claimed his reporting was fabricated.
Eye-opening and gripping, Inappropriate Conduct shares the
dramatic true story of how Morton became the target of a ruthless
campaign that shattered his journalistic integrity and his career.
Journalist Don North captures Morton's experiences from the
beginning, using Morton's previously unpublished memoir and
archival sources to create a seamless, powerful narrative that
speaks to the tenuous relationship between the truth and propaganda
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