A Matter of Principle by Conrad Black

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"I by no means ask for mercy and search no one's sympathy. i'd by no means, as used to be needlessly feared during this courtroom, be a fugitive from justice during this state, just a seeker of it."
--Conrad Black, in his assertion to the courtroom, June 24, 2011

In 1993, Conrad Black used to be the owner of London's day-by-day Telegraph and the pinnacle of 1 of the world's greatest newspaper teams. He accomplished a memoir in 1992, A existence in development, and "great clients beckoned." In 2004, he was once fired as chairman of Hollinger overseas after he and his affiliates have been accused of fraud. right here, for the 1st time, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial in Chicago, partial conviction, imprisonment, and mostly profitable appeal.

In this unflinchingly revealing and beautifully written memoir, Black writes with out reserve concerning the prosecutors who fixed a crusade to wreck him and the reporters who presumed he was once responsible. interesting humans fill those pages, from top ministers and presidents to the social, criminal, and media elite, between them: Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Jean Chrétien, Rupert Murdoch, Izzy Asper, Richard Perle, Norman Podhoretz, Eddie Greenspan, Alan Dershowitz, and Henry Kissinger.

Woven all through are Black's perspectives on monstrous subject matters: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice process. he's candid approximately hugely own matters, together with his friendships - with those that have supported and people who have betrayed him - his Roman Catholic religion, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. And he writes approximately his complicated family members with Canada, nice Britain, and the USA, and particularly the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.

In this impressive ebook, Black keeps his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the struggle of and for my life." a question of precept is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a incorrect justice method.

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