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"...Authorative and highly readable...."
—Andrew Roberts, The Daily Beast
"An enthralling work."
"A gripping account."
Conrad Black is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. The former head of the Argus and Hollinger corporate groups and of London's Telegraph newspapers, Black is also the founder of Canada's National Post. For some years he has been a columnist there and at the National Review Online (New York). Black has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001.
In 2005, Black was accused of a total of 17 charges of criminal corporate misconduct in the United States, and prosecutors sought life imprisonment and fines and restitution totalling $140 million. After six years, all the charges were either abandoned, rejected by jurors, or in the case of four convictions, vacated unanimously by the United States Supreme Court. On the original convictions, he was sentenced to imprisonment for 78 months and restitution of $6.1 million. After 29 months in federal prison, he was released on bail, but the appellate panel whose findings had been vacated by the high court restored two counts when the case was remanded back to it. On June 24, 2011, Black was resentenced to a further seven and a half months in prison, which he is serving at time of publication, and 90 per cent of his fine was restored to him. Conrad Black has never ceased to assert his innocence.
As someone who has always admired the US this book really opened my eyes to the judicial sham in the US. It is mind boggling that this can happen to anyone. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alice Lipczak
Conrad Black is a giant amongst Canadian elites; underestimated and under appreciated in his own country. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paul Sanders
In typical Conrad Black writing style, this book is a rambling lambasting of everyone and everything who he holds responsible for his legal troubles while his Hollinger companies... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2013 by DGM
A Poorly written, but an excellent account of his legal problems. Poorly written, because I needed several dictionaries to understand the use of his flamboyant words. Read morePublished on July 27 2013 by Walter Jackson
Though I find Black readable, I don't find him a credible read because of his propensity to either bask in the dangerously delusional sense of self-importance or to wallow in the... Read morePublished on March 28 2012 by Ian Gordon Malcomson