This riveting book is a revealing and poignant portrait of the glory days of Canadian journalism, the courage of one of its heroes and the complex rivalry between father and son. The story of Robert Reguly is a classic tale of immigrant roots, old-school reporting, spectacular scoops and fearless war-zone correspondence. The narrative spans the planet, from the Gerda Munsinger spy scandal to the killing fields of Vietnam and Biafra. But the story is told through the eyes of his son Eric, a renowned journalist in his own right, and it benefits from the psychological insights of today’s truth-telling. Ghosts of War takes a clear-eyed view of the personal cost of such reporting, the sense of justice and morality that drives it, the trauma that can surround it, and why it remains so essential today.
Geoffrey York | Africa Bureau Chief of The Globe and Mail