By Conrad Black
"I by no means ask for mercy and search no one's sympathy. i might by no means, as was 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 was once the owner of London's Daily Telegraph and the pinnacle of 1 of the world's biggest newspaper teams. He accomplished a memoir in 1992, A existence in Progress, and "great clients 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 no reserve concerning the prosecutors who fastened a crusade to damage him and the reporters who presumed he was once to blame. interesting humans fill those pages, from top ministers and presidents to the social, criminal, 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 giant 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 striking publication, Black continues 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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44 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 45 How to Marry into the Circus ‘You can shove them up your arse. In fact you can shove the whole circus up your arse. I’m not working that hard for anybody,’ Brian shouted and stormed out. I rounded on the captain, ‘You idiot. ’ A fight started. Somewhere along the way I managed to push the captain through a wardrobe. That night I penned my letter of resignation. Holtspur Playing Fields, Beaconsfield. 10th June 1970 Dear Sirs, Due to the recent accusations and mis-trust, I feel strongly that as from last night, I am compelled to resign from the company.
The Hippo, so-called because it was behind the Hippodrome, was mainly frequented by theatrical types (I saw Jeffrey Bernard in there once). It was run by a Spanish lady called Harriet, and she had three rooms upstairs which girls worked from. There were various girls of various types – something to suit everyone if you were that way inclined, although the ladies were all rather older than they looked at first glance. Joe only came there to drink and talk his way through the night with his mates, but he was very keen for me to sample the extra services the club offered.
I’m sorry it’s so late, Sir, but I’m in a bit of a spot and I’ve been told you’re a good friend to the circus,’ I said. ‘Well, you had better come in and tell me all about it then,’ he said. Without another word, he ushered me straight into his study. It was rather chaotic, with a big old roll-top desk overflowing with bits of paper. I explained our dire situation but also my enthusiasm and determination to start a circus of my own. Something I said managed to capture his imagination. As it happens I do have a field you can use.
A Matter of Principle by Conrad Black