A Matter of Principle by Conrad Black

By Conrad Black

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

In 1993, Conrad Black was once 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 lifestyles 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. right here, 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 no reserve concerning the prosecutors who fastened a crusade to wreck him and the reporters who presumed he used to be to blame. attention-grabbing humans fill those pages, from leading 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 vast subject matters: 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 those that have betrayed him - his Roman Catholic religion, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. And he writes approximately his complicated family with Canada, nice Britain, and the U.S., and specifically the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.

In this outstanding e-book, Black keeps his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the struggle of and for my life." A subject of Principle is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a wrong justice system.

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IN THIS BOOK I close the circle of family stories in which my father occupied only a few pages, but lived between every line. In my first book, I tried to honor my mother for raising me in the deprivations he caused. In my second, I built from the mud up the maternal grandfather and folk hero who protected my mother from my father, but died before I was born, leaving us to him. In this last book, I do not rewrite my father, or whitewash him. But over a lifetime I have known a lot of men in prisons, men who will spend their eternity paying for their worst minute on earth.

He said, ‘Hell, I was serious. ’ But I giggled again. ” She has tried to forget so much it seems odd to try to remember. But she can still see him pushing himself up to his knees for a little dignity. For a second, just a second, he faced her on one knee, just like in a storybook. “I mean it, goddammit,” he said. His face was bright, burning red. ” HE WAS NOT A MARRYING MAN. The old men laughed at him, all duded up with that oil bucket in his hand, but the women loved his face. Even men—men so afraid of appearing feminine they would walk a wide loop around the unmentionables in Sears to avoid being in proximity of a panty—would concede that, yeah, that Charles Bragg was a good-looking man.

His ears and Adam’s apple were too big but his hands were as small and delicate as a woman’s, yet strong as wire pliers, like his daddy’s had been. He talked country but dressed for town, as all the boys from the mill village did back then, a hybrid hillbilly with silver dimes flashing in his black penny loafer shoes. He chain-smoked Pall Malls and toted a thin, yellow-handled knife in his left hip pocket, so he could get at it, quick. He hid a snub-nosed pistol at the small of his back, but only on the weekends, and never when he was with her.

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