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Flight of the Eagle [Hardcover]

Conrad Black
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May 10 2013

    A strategic history of the United States by the bestselling author of biographies of Roosevelt and Nixon

In this magisterial new history of the United States, spanning from the New World through the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, acclaimed writer and historian Conrad Black examines the rise of the world's supreme power, its recent decline, and its ultimate strengths and future, and the contributions of leading figures, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, Harry S Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.


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Praise for The Invincible Quest: The Life of Richard Milhouse Nixon:

"Black is a versatile and thorough biographer who brings not only sympathy but eloquent clarity to his task....Black's superb volume, incorporating much new research, is an important and worthy addition to the literature." Publishers Weekly

"A rollicking read....[Black] has a rare talent for serious history, and the talent to tell it well." The Guardian

About the Author

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, and 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 sough 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. One 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 and 90 per cent of his fine was restored to him. On May 4, 2012, he was released. He has never ceased to assert his innocence.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, detailed, readable Oct. 6 2013
By Eric R Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Lord Black has used great linguistic restraint (for him) compared to the verbal pyrotechnics of his self-serving apologia "A Matter of Principle." Putting aside any prejudice regarding the author, the reader benefits from his sweep of American history from long before independence to the Obama administration. He had ample time in prison camp to complete the work. Showing a complete mastery of his research, Black never gets bogged down in arcane factoids, but judiciously selects germane facts to advance his thesis of the apparent manifest destiny of his subject. A very satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Flight of the Eagle by Conrad Black Aug. 30 2014
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This massive and dense book was a real slog to complete all 699 pages. Black at his best once again. He loves the United States. This book is a complementary work to his two previous masterpieces on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. The sub-title of the book--A Strategic History of the United States--informs readers of the content of the work--another standpoint on the history of the United States through the perspective of each presidential administration. The fundamental message in the lengthy tome--including a very detailed and useful 43 page Index--is that American exceptionalism, power, and success, is the direct result of competent leaders making effective strategic decisions.
Black is acknowledged as a peerless writer and historian. The work here--although nothing really new--is superlatively detailed and reasearched, yet straightfoward in delivery. Black is the master at providing an inherent tapestry by integrating several threads into a coherent weave in the way he portrays American diplomatic, military, and political imperatives. The book is divided into four sections. Section One--The Aspirant State--covers the years 1754 to 1836. The contributions of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton to American history are outlined.
Section Two is called the "Predestined People" and includes the years 1836 to 1933. Black covers in this Section slavery, the Depression, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, and Woodrow Wilson. "The Indispensable Country" is the designation for Section Three, and comprises the years 1933 to 1957. Noteworthy coverage includes Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dean Acheson, George Marshall, and John Foster Dulles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force! Oct. 14 2013
By elfungo
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Black's grasp of the American ethos is something that all non-Americans should read to really understand how this country was built by the patriots who believed in its future greatness. It is a shame today to realize that everyone who is not American blames the United States for the woes of the present-day world and of their "war-mongering." Those same people seem to forget that the same United States was almost dragged into the two "great" wars against their people's wishes, helping to win the first and virtually guaranteeing victory in the second. Black gives a factual account of it all in my opinion
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5.0 out of 5 stars unfortunate editing July 3 2013
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As usual, a formidable presentation from Conrad Black whose knowledge of the topics he writes about is superb. A concise and to-the-point review of the U.S.A. However, it is unfortunate that Mr. Black's efforts have been somewhat diminished by the sloppy editing as numerous typos are evident. Whenever I purchase an available hard-cover edition of any book of such magnitude I expect the same professional editing as presented by the author in his/her first-rate efforts. These books become part of my library. Sad to say, the sloppy editing unfairly reflects on Mr.Black's tremendous writing abilities. Perhaps we should make an attempt at awakening and restoring Gutenberg.

Joe Wenk
Calgary
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading Feb. 18 2014
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I purchased this book a month or so ago and completed reading it just the other day. What an excellent read! This is the first book I've read by Lord Black. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I was sorry I finished it. One of the few books I have enjoyed from cover to cover. If you enjoy reading history, this is one I'd strongly recommend.
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