Flight of the Eagle Hardcover – May 10 2013
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"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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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.Read more ›
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Conrad Black has again researched and presented - in a most interesting and readable way - a stellar piece of work.Published 17 months ago by Derek Key
Conrad Black highlights the character traits and accomplishments of the US presidents in his own
candid and unabashed fashion...very enlightening.
Black is a consummate historian.This book is yet anorher example of the extent of his craftsmanship. In this rather long volume (does anyone know of a short work by him!? Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2013 by Douglas Ball
I am only a quarter of the way through the book. A very succinct history of the United States from a new point of view. I found some errors (typos).Published on June 25 2013 by rod