Everything you need to know about George Jonas:
1. Jonas was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to the US as a young man
Jonas was born on the 15th of June, 1935, in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Jonas emigrated to Canada as a fresh faced 21 year old and arrived in Canada in 1956.
2. Jonas is a modern renaissance man, who had many talents
As well as working as a professional highly acclaimed journalist and media producer, Jonas was also an esteemed poet and writer. In fact, if you’re curious as to how Jonas got his big break, Jonas actually became a journalist as a result of being passionate about writing poetry as a young adult.
3. Jonas has published narratives about crime
Jonas first became interested in writing about crime after he published “The Final Decree” in 1982, which was a reflection of the slowness of the legal system and of how beauracracy has negatively impacted the legal system. After penning “The Final Decree”, Jonas went on to write several works in the crime genre.
Jonas’ crime focused narratives were extremely popular and Jonas was actually awarded the highly coveted Edgar Allen Poe award for the best crime non-fiction work in 1978.
5. George Jonas National Post career
Jonas also worked as a highly regarded columnist for the National Post. Jonas’ ever popular column featured on the op ed page of the National Post on Wednesdays and Saturday.
6. Jonas has had his work published in a seemingly never ending list of highly respected papers
As well as writing for the National Post, twice a week, Jonas also has had his writing published in The Daily Telegraph, The National Review, The Chicago Sun-Times and The Wall Street Journal. Which is proof of Jonas’ skill as a journalist.
7. Jonas published 15 books one of which was an international best seller
During his lengthy career Jonas published 15 books, including “By Persons Unknown”, which was an international best seller and which Jonas co-wrote with his former wife Barbara Ameil. “By Persons Unknown” was first published in 1977, two years before Ameil and Jonas filed for a divorce after just five years of marriage.
8. Many of Jonas’ books were focused on real life stories or current affairs
As Jonas’ was a journalist as well as a writer, many of Jonas’ books were inspired by real life stories or current affairs. As an example, “Vegenance: The True Story Of An Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team”, was based by real life research which Jonas conducted before putting pen to paper.
If you are a fan of realistic, vividly described books, you’ll love Jonas’ work as Jonas visited many of the countries which he wrote about in person, through his career as a journalist and producer.
9. Jonas released a book about his thoughts and reflections on Islam
In 2007 Jonas released “Reflections On Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments”, as Jonas visited many Islamic nations during his career as a journalist.
So there you have it a short but informative history of Jonas’ incredible career as a journalist, producer, writer and poet!