Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation

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Author: Donovan, Kevin

Edition: First

Number Of Pages: 260

EAN: 9780864929648

Release Date: 04-10-2016

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedAcceptable

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description It began as rumours. Whispers at dinner parties. Warnings about bad dates with a Canadian celebrity. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, superstar CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in "rough sex" in a long Facebook post, and a scandal of unprecedented scale descended on the radio host. What the public did not know was that months before Ghomeshi's emotional post, Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown and Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan were quietly pursuing serious allegations against him. In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star's investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi's ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure's. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace. Review "A high point in the history of modern Canadian journalism." -- Jonathan Kay ― The Walrus "Donovan has produced a page-turner." ― Publishers Weekly From the Back Cover "I think it is time for you to confront this and tell the truth," I said. "There's nothing to say," Ghomeshi replied. "You have the truth." It began as rumours. Whispers at dinner parties. Warnings about bad dates with a Canadian celebrity. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, superstar CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in "rough sex" in a long Facebook post, and a scandal of unprecedented scale descended. What the public did not know was that months before Ghomesh's emotional post, Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan and Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown had quietly begun to pursue serious accusations about the CBC radio host. In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the investigation and the ensuing firestorm: Ghomeshi's ignominious firing, his dramatic criminal trial, and the charge that led to an apology. Giving voice to those who came forward with allegations of a dark side of a national idol, Donovan exposes the challenges of facing off against a savvy public figure who fought to keep the story out of the public eye. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nationwide discussion on sexual assault and the issue of consent, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace. About the Author Kevin Donovan is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. A thirty-year veteran of the paper, he has won two Governor General's Awards (Michener) for public service journalism, three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is also the author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation that Broke the Story Donovan is a trusted and experienced investigative journalist who has grown both journalistically and personally through the writing of this book. In this book, he is, in some ways, the everyman, who grows in his understanding of the complexities of discussing sexual assault.

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