Why Robyn Bresnahan can't stop thinking about A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell

"For lovers of international affairs, it is an incredibly compelling read," says the host of Ottawa Morning.
Robyn Bresnahan was with BBC World Service in London as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for six years before returning to Canada to host Ottawa Morning. (CBC/Knopf Canada)

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the great Canadian reading list — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Robyn Bresnahan, host of Ottawa Morning, adds A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell to the reading list.

"This is a book I've kept thinking about since finishing it over a year ago. It follows Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell's attempts to find her fixer, Ahlam after she disappears in Damascus. It reads like a thriller but it's more compelling because it's true. Although it was written before the latest conflict, the backstories of Ahlam and other Iraqi refugees to Syria give one a greater understanding of the simmering tensions that boiled over into an all-out war. For lovers of international affairs, it is an incredibly compelling read."

Robyn Bresnahan is the host of Ottawa Morning, which airs in the nation's capital on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


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