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 kingdom, just a seeker of it."
--Conrad Black, in his assertion to the courtroom, June 24, 2011
In 1993, Conrad Black used to be the owner of London's day-by-day Telegraph and the top of 1 of the world's greatest newspaper teams. He accomplished a memoir in 1992, A existence in development, and "great clients beckoned." In 2004, he was once fired as chairman of Hollinger overseas after he and his affiliates have been accused of fraud. the following, for the 1st time, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial in Chicago, partial conviction, imprisonment, and principally winning appeal.
In this unflinchingly revealing and fantastically written memoir, Black writes with out reserve concerning the prosecutors who fastened a crusade to spoil him and the newshounds who presumed he used to be in charge. attention-grabbing humans fill those pages, from top ministers and presidents to the social, felony, 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 vast subject matters: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice approach. he's candid approximately hugely own matters, together with his friendships - with those that have supported and people who have betrayed him - his Roman Catholic religion, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. And he writes approximately his complicated family with Canada, nice Britain, and the U.S., and particularly the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.
In this outstanding e-book, Black keeps his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the struggle of and for my life." a question of precept is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a mistaken justice procedure.
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