- Hardcover: 768 pages
- Publisher: Signal (May 10 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 077101371X
- ISBN-13: 978-0771013713
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 998 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. Black clearly admires these men and their contributions as American nation builders.
The fourth and last Section, identified as "The Supreme Nation, encompasses the years 1957 through 2013. More familiar names appear here that should appeal to many informed readers. Black does an excellent job of examining, dissecting, and interpreting John F. Kennedy's handing of the Bay of Pigs, Lyndon Johnson's handling of the Vietnam war, as well as the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. This Section further includes the invasion of Grenada, the fall of the Soviet Union, the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq war, and George W. Bush. Insightful cameo appearances are also made by Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.
In the end, Black believes in the essential soul of the United States, considers it a great nation, and applaudes American manifest destiny. This lengthy book is not for everyone. The work is not aimed at your "average Canadian" , as the politicians like to say. The book will be of most interest to the fans, followers, and supporters of Conrad Black; public and foreign policy academics, serious historians, and anyone interested in an in depth analysis of American history.
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candid and unabashed fashion...very enlightening.