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Done North, journalist and director of Northstar Productions, Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, Has a degree in advanced international reporting from Columbia University, New York. He writes regularly for Vietnam Magazine and Consortiumnews.com North is vice president of Military Reporters and Editors and a member of the National Press Club and National Association of Press Photographers.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475952740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475952742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,970,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Dunne on January 12, 2013
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The greatest nightmare of a reporter is to have the veracity of his reporting questioned by his peers and be unable to refute the career-destroying charges that he allegedly chose fiction over fact.

In his book, "Inappropriate Conduct -- Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent," author Don North makes it clear that this was indeed a living nightmare for Paul Morton, a young war correspondent for the Toronto Star, who spent two months behind enemy lines with the Italian partisans during WWII, and the beginning of a sad, bitter reality.

Instead of being praised for his courage and intrepid reporting, Morton was branded a liar by his editor and denied confirmation that he in fact carried out his assignment behind enemy lines by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) who recruited him in the first place.

In a riveting, meticulous, 10 year effort of investigative reporting, North, a veteran ABC war correspondent in Vietnam and later in the Middle East and Latin America, delivers a book that authenticates Morton's WWII reporting with the partisans while exposing the real liars involved in this sordid tale of a journalist caught between the vagaries of wartime politics and petty newsroom editorial jealousy.

Ironically, Morton did file a 1,000 word story to the Toronto Star on his exploits with the partisans on October 27, 1944, which ran on the front page above the fold with the headline: "I Live with Patriots in Nazi Lines." But eight additional stories he filed never saw the light of day. They were spiked by his boss, Toronto Star Managing Editor, Harry Hindmarsh, who fired him weeks later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJP on April 21, 2013
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This is a great story! Don North has found and brought to light a previously unknown, or little known, story of how the ground truth in war has many aspects and how an individual can be crushed by events that spiral out of his control. Paul Morton is shown to be a very good writer and reporter...his dispatches quoted in the book are tightly written and very descriptive...who runs afoul of changing needs during war. What actually happened to him? Sadly, that story will probably never be known but North's meticulous research and interviews gives me, and will give you a story that will stay with you for a long time.

North is uniquely qualified to report this sad story, as he has reported wars and conflicts across the world for over 40 years and has a reputation for honesty and courage. His construction of the story, switching back and forth between Morton and North, was easy to follow and gave me a better understanding of Morton and his experiences.

I am especially touched by Don's tributes to those writers gone on before us and what each of them meant to his work. You will do well to read this if you are in any way interested in how war effects men.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Knight on January 22, 2013
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Tim Knight, who writes the regular media column Watching the Watchdog for Huffington Post Canada, was recently asked to review a new book, Inappropriate Conduct, by his old friend and journalistic colleague Don North.

Here's his response:

Don North is a damned fool.

Always has been.

Likely always will be.

He's out of Vancouver, worked at CTV, Global and CBC here in Canada. And at ABC, CBS and NBC in New York. Today, Don hangs around Fairfax, Virginia, writing and being a good husband to the lovely Deanna.

Wherever he is though, Don North is a war correspondent -- what's known in the journalistic craft as a bang-bang man.

Don North has covered more wars than most of us can name or remember -- Vietnam, Borneo, Cambodia, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Egypt, Israel, the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

And now he writes a book. Not about his own wars (although I've tried for years to get him to make a documentary out of all the war footage he keeps down in the basement -- suggested title Bang-Bang Man). No, Don's book is about someone else's war.

It's about journalism betrayed, courage punished and all-round sheer, bloody-minded paranoia.
It's called Inappropriate Conduct, Mystery of a Disgraced War Correspondent.

It's the story of Canadian journalist Paul Morton in World War ll. North sets its theme in the very first words: "War changes and often harms not only its combatants but also its eyewitnesses."

Here's a summary: In 1944, Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton parachuted behind enemy lines to report on Italian partisans fighting on the side of the Allies against both their own and German armies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AH on August 12, 2013
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What a fascinating book! Once I started to read it I found it hard to put down. Luckily I had some plane journeys to help!
"Inappropriate Conduct" is more than just the story of a terrible wrongdoing during the Second World War. Not only does the book relate the adventures of Canadian journalist Paul Morton and his subsequent fall from grace due to circumstances beyond his control, it offers insights into some of the major characters of the Allied forces and possibly their reasons for disgracing a courageous man who volunteered to parachute behind enemy lines into German held Italy towards the end of the war. And, at the end of it all, it's also a journey with the author, Don North, who himself is not unfamiliar with military involvement with the press in times of war, and his search for the truth behind a gross injustice that to this day remains shrouded in secrecy.
Don North presents his case in a unique manner, blending original memoirs, historical fact and his own in-depth research in a way that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can read them.
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