Ex-soldier turned opinionated war correspondent takes us beyond
the headlines to the front lines of major world conflicts.
In September 2004, veteran Canadian journalist Scott
Taylor was taken hostage in northern Iraq. While awaiting
execution by beheading, he reflected on the events that had brought
him to a torture chamber in a remote Iraqi village.
Taylor''s recounting includes his experiences
as a Canadian Forces infantryman and as a frontline reporter
investigating military affairs for the military magazine Esprit de
Corps. His quest to see "the other side" has taken him to Africa
and the former Yugoslavia, and to Saddam Hussein''s Iraq in
twenty-one trips before, during and after the U.S. led
In 1996, he co-authored the bestseller Tarnished Brass:
Crime and Corruption in the Canadian Military. After his
kidnapping ordeal, Taylor returned to Iraq, and
since then has resumed his unembedded war reporting in Afghanistan.
In recognition of his ability to go beyond the jingoism of
mainstream media, the Globe and Mail has dubbed him the
"voice of the grunts." With searing criticism,
Taylor exposes the deceit of the politicians and
media cheerleaders who are ultimately responsible for waging the
senseless wars that cause so much needless suffering for innocent