By Conrad Black
—Conrad Black, in his assertion to the courtroom, June 24, 2011
In 1993, Conrad Black used to be the owner of London's Daily Telegraph and the pinnacle of 1 of the world's greatest newspaper teams. He accomplished a memoir in 1992, A existence in Progress, and "great clients beckoned." In 2004, he used to be fired as chairman of Hollinger foreign after he and his affiliates have been accused of fraud. the following, for the 1st time, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial in Chicago, partial conviction, imprisonment, and mostly winning appeal.
In this unflinchingly revealing and fantastically written memoir, Black writes with out reserve in regards to the prosecutors who fixed a crusade to break him and the newshounds who presumed he was once to blame. interesting humans fill those pages, from best 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 issues: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice approach. he's candid approximately hugely own topics, 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 advanced family with Canada, nice Britain, and the U.S., and specifically the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.
In this remarkable e-book, Black keeps his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the struggle of and for my life." A topic of Principle is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a mistaken justice system.
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