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A Matter of Principle [Paperback]

Conrad Black
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22 Oct 2012
In 1993, Conrad Black was the proprietor of London s Daily Telegraph and the head of one of the world s largest newspaper groups. He completed a memoir in 1992, A Life in Progress, and great prospects beckoned. In 2004, he was accused of fraud and fired as chairman of Hollinger. In A Matter of Principle, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial, partial conviction, imprisonment, and largely successful appeal. Black writes without reserve about the prosecutors who mounted a campaign to destroy him and the journalists who presumed he was guilty. Fascinating people fill these pages, from prime ministers and presidents, to the social, legal and media elite, among them: Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Rupert Murdoch and Henry A. Kissinger. Woven throughout are Black s views on big themes: politics, corporate governance, and the U.S. justice system. He is candid about highly personal subjects, including his friendships, his faith, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel. Above all, Black maintains his innocence and recounts what he describes as the fight of and for my life. A Matter of Principle is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a flawed justice system.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback; Later Edition edition (22 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543569
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Authorative and highly readable. --Andrew Roberts, The Daily Beast

A gripping account. --Evening Standard

An enthralling work. --Fortune

A gripping account. --Evening Standard

An enthralling work. --Fortune

Witty, perceptive and a great read... A Matter of Principle will stand as Conrad Black's witness to his experiences, and there are many parts which will entertain, enlighten and provide much fare for reflection. --Catholic Herald

An enthralling work. --Fortune

About the Author

CONRAD BLACK is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. Black is the former head of the Argus and Hollinger corporate groups, London s Telegraph newspapers, and Canada s National Post. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good read! 26 Sep 2013
I love reading autobiographies and I found this one unusual and interesting.

If I am honest, I nearly gave up at around page 50 and then at page 150. It takes a while to get used to Conrad Black's writing style. I would advise the reader to look up YouTube videos of Mr Conrad Black, as it helps to get his voice and his personality in your head when you are reading the book. Mr Conrad Black vocabulary is formidable. I installed a dictionary App on my smartphone and it made it easier to look new words. Thankfully, I was not alone, in reverting to a dictionary.

It is a big beast of a book at 600 pages. The book gets very interesting. Conrad Black is very candid about what happened to him and the newspaper companies he ran. How he was charged with a number of charges including 'racketering'. He faced nearly 95 years in prison. How he found not guilty of some charges and guilty of other charges. How e continued to fight and appeal his case.

It is brave of Conrad Black to write a book after been into prison.

There is also an interesting YouTube video by one of his ex-lawyers "Prosecutorial Misconduct: Attorney Brendan Sullivan Extended Interview", which is worth watching.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome reading. 24 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Terribly written by a truly obnoxious creature.
Don't bother with it.
Everything the newspapers said about this arrogant, narcissistic man is true. They should have thrown away the key when they locked him up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A comic masterpiece? 3 Jan 2013
By kerriar
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The travails of Alfred Dreyfus (admittedly an inferior writer) were as nothing compared to what the American justice system has inflicted on Conrad Black. His tale of persecution and unjust imprisonment will touch the hearts of decent men and women everywhere long after the books of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Anna Akmatova and Andrei Sakharov are forgotten (but sadly perhaps, not before then).
Although abandoned and cast out by many of his so-called friends, the author recounts movingly how a few staunch supporters and loyal servants stood by him - the tangible support sent to him and his wife by the Elton Johns is a particularly poignant moment.
The few hours of spiritual consolation which Lord Black describes when he can retreat to his private book-lined chapel would surely be enriched by invoking the heart-rending prayer of G Parsons (a man who also came to know something of the meaning of immolation):
"In my hour of darkness, in my time of need,
O Lord grant me wisdom, O Lord grant me speed."
Buy this book - buy it for your servants, buy it for your fellow peers but most of all buy it for the long winter nights when the fire needs feeding.
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