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 state, 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 top 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 was once 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 profitable appeal.
In this unflinchingly revealing and beautifully written memoir, Black writes with no reserve in regards to the prosecutors who fixed a crusade to wreck him and the newshounds who presumed he was once accountable. 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 significant topics: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice method. he's candid approximately hugely own matters, 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 kinfolk with Canada, nice Britain, and the USA, and particularly the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.
In this notable publication, Black continues 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 mistaken justice system.
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When a little genius named Norman skipped a year and was placed in my class, he and I would race to finish the assigned page of math problems first—glancing occasionally at one another’s paper to see who had the lead. As a bookish child, I was also an above-average reader and writer. Some time that year an IQ test was administered to the entire class, and I did very well on it. Whatever my IQ was, it proved good enough to catapult me into the small stream of students earmarked for “rapid advance” junior high school, in which, together with other top students, one skipped the eighth grade.
Apparently, though, it denied me neither nourishment nor satisfaction, for I grew into a chubby, inquisitive, blond-haired toddler, doted on by parents and relatives. Both my head and my skin were very light—so much so that mosquitoes would move unerringly toward my head, apparently unable to distinguish between my hair and my scalp. Although my father continued his underpaid legal work on a full-time basis—in his own law practice (first established in 1940), for a law firm, and as a full-time lawyer for small businesses—off the job he was very much a family man.
Unmarried and childless, “Uncle Fred” apparently viewed me as a surrogate son. After Fred’s death years later, my father discovered a framed picture of Fred and me that he displayed on his desk. S. 217. When a little genius named Norman skipped a year and was placed in my class, he and I would race to finish the assigned page of math problems first—glancing occasionally at one another’s paper to see who had the lead. As a bookish child, I was also an above-average reader and writer. Some time that year an IQ test was administered to the entire class, and I did very well on it.
A Matter of Principle by Conrad Black