A Matter of Principle by Conrad Black

By Conrad Black

"I by no means ask for mercy and search no one's sympathy. i might by no means, as used to be needlessly feared during this courtroom, be a fugitive from justice during this nation, just a seeker of it."
—Conrad Black, in his assertion to the court docket, 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 overseas 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 profitable appeal.

In this unflinchingly revealing and fantastically written memoir, Black writes with no reserve in regards to the prosecutors who fixed a crusade to ruin him and the newshounds who presumed he was once responsible. interesting humans fill those pages, from top ministers and presidents to the social, felony, 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 massive subject matters: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice procedure. 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 complicated relatives with Canada, nice Britain, and the USA, and particularly the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.

In this remarkable publication, 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 improper justice system.

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At the side of the highway, Bloom would scare up poisonous snakes. Jeff and I would retreat into our discrete anxieties. The car could be retired here or it could survive to the Bay Area (where it would have its alternator replaced), but if we had to stay in Elko, or Reno, or Sacramento for a few days, if we had to sleep in the car, call home for money, buy a new car, kill each other out of despair and poverty, what difference did it make? The music of King Crimson, I recognize, is the kind of noodling, pretentious music that no one should admit listening to, even on headphones in the desert, but the particular song that I would like to claim for the moment has appropriate resonances, namely “Neil and Jack and Me,” a song about the Beat writers and their relentless crisscrossing of the nation’s highway infrastructure, and maybe Jeff, the budding novelist, and I had some atavistic love for the myth of writers crisscrossing the nation’s highway infrastructure, drinking, thinking somber thoughts, passing through the Tetons in a day, snowfall in the mountains one night, and the next in the desert, wasting quarters in a slot machine, eating peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches on the prairie with a skittish mutt.

I spent most of my commencement gift on rent and security deposit for the apartment, so I needed a job. They were kindly, but when they agreed to meet me they had no idea of how unmarketable my skills really were. I had no idea either. Or I got the name of the interviewer wrong, or even the name of the bank. After each prospect soured, I would feel that I had made my effort that day and that I could now repair to our apartment to read the paper or go for a walk in the park or drink champagne out of plastic stemware by the Pacific Ocean.

My grandfather recovered from his sequence of illnesses, from pneumonia and the mysterious gram-negative infection, but he was never strong again, and his emphysema got a lot worse, even though he gave up smoking and converted to the chewing tobacco that was his solace in these last years. The house in Norwalk was fitted out with antique spittoons. One morning, my grandmother made coffee and called from the top of the stairs, as usual. No reply. We sold off the sports coupe for scrap. Which brings me to the last conversation I had with him, when I was home on some break from school (up in New Hampshire, where I had enrolled for ninth grade).

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