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Conrad and Lady Black: Dancing on the Edge
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on 19 January 2013
I admire Tom Bowers enormously and have read everything he ever wrote and this is a very good read but fair or balanced it is not. As I read the recurring thought that he is not the only chief of a large public company enjoying La Dolce Vita like Royalty and parasitacally leeching off the sustenance of the body corporate. Their numbers are legion and indeed I suspect it would be harder to find any who are not guiilty of like behaviour than those observing an honest abstemious life . Indeed many who enjoy a similar life style are not so happily blessed with one half of Black's ability and competence. Now that does not excuse the crime but there are many criminals like Black who are still at large and eventually are paid enormous golden handshakes to get them off the premisses and not for their greedy consumption but to stop the damage they inflict on the organisation which supports them. I could name a multitude of both but would be prosecuted for libel.
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on 15 October 2012
Tom Bower has made this at times unbelievable story a fantastic read. Although a biography it reads like a fiction. Bower manages to keep the extremely complex financial dealings understandable and interesting. And perfectly communicates the intricate personalities of two very complex people. A great read, detailed yet interesting. You wont want it to end or put it down.
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on 9 September 2009
A very readable and interesting biography. Sometimes Bower seems to punch below the belt, but there is no doubt that the book is well researched and paints a convincing picture of a couple who became to self-important to realise that laws apply to them as ordinary mortals.
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on 21 July 2015
This has been the easiest read of all the Tom Bower's I've read (see elsewhere on my Profile page) but unfortunately the worst & my Grandy & youngest brother were very impressed with Canada! Terrible man. (Vincent Astor went to live in Canada (I think he had interests in jade in British Columbia)).
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on 15 January 2015
What a pair, good on Tom Bower nice read thanks
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I like Tom Bower's books and this one is as good if not better than most. Bower clinically examines the career and life of Lord Conrad Black, former owner of the Daily Telegraph, now in prison for ripping off his shareholders in various companies controlled by him. Seem his criminal career started when he stole college exam papers and sold them to fellow students. That was the start of what seems a lifetime of dodgy deals, manipulating rich widows to sell their shares to him in companies he wished to take over etc., out and out crookery, ripping off evertything he could lay his greedy hands on. Only thing that suprises me is how he managed to stay out of jail for so long? First rate read and yet another confirmation of how the odds are stacked against the little guy and the honest.
Knighted by Thatcher, friend of Kissenger, Heseltine described as 'faithful' director of one of bis companies, right wing bigot and liar imprisioned by a jury of his peers, not that Black would ever accept twelve men & women, good and true, as his peers. Good riddance to a heap of very bad rubbish. Congrats to Bower on a well researched, interesting and easy to read biography which must be on the mark as Black never sued Bower or his publisher.
Very enjoyable read, especially in light of the recent crisis although not concerned with it. Shows how weak legislation and weak or non existant control, in this case mainly Canadian, can allow the financial spivs and wide boys to get away with fraud, theft and illicit enrichment. Now where have I seen evidence of that recently......?
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on 3 October 2014
Disappointing
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