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 state, just a seeker of it."
—Conrad Black, in his assertion to the court docket, June 24, 2011
In 1993, Conrad Black was once the owner of London's Daily Telegraph and the top of 1 of the world's biggest newspaper teams. He accomplished a memoir in 1992, A lifestyles in Progress, and "great customers beckoned." In 2004, he was once fired as chairman of Hollinger foreign 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 accountable. 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 huge subject matters: politics, company governance, and the U.S. justice method. he's candid approximately hugely own topics, together with his friendships - with those that have supported and those that have betrayed him - his Roman Catholic religion, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. And he writes approximately his advanced kinfolk with Canada, nice Britain, and the USA, and specifically the blow he has suffered by the hands of that nation.
In this amazing booklet, Black keeps his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the struggle of and for my life." A subject of Principle is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a wrong justice system.
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