This book is exceptionally well written and serves well as a statement of defence. However, the suggestion Mr. Black makes that this was all over a non-competition payment that was accidentally not approved by the Board of Directors at Hollinger defies common sense. Black had a history of full blown interference in everything he touched. The only real surprise is the relative leniency of the original sentence of 6½ years. Even after the US Supreme Court ruled the "honest services" law unconstitutional, it seemed light (and it got lighter as a consequence of the ruling) when it came to the extent to which he denied the company's shareholders fair value for their stock. As expected, Black also falls into the trap of using too many five syllable words when simpler expressions could have sufficed. Still, it is an entertaining read if you've ever wondered how to be successful and bend rules along the way to get to the top.
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Conrad Black tells his version. Sad book.
More delusion from one of the most despicable humans of our generation. What gall. A thief, a pillager, and, without born wealth, a common grifter, who regales us with endless tales of being wronged. Looked better in an orange jump suit. This book is trash, like its "author."
Mr. Black does not disappoint with this worldly ensemble of words, actions, activities and an gross view of the workings of devious bureaucratic types more intent on lining their own pockets than in serving 'justice'.
Warning, bring your own dictionary for a romp through english teminology and word usage that stretches the mind.
You might also want a history encyclopedia, and some finance and law awareness. No matter, by books' end, you will have an education in all three; plus!
From 'black' humor (no pun intended), to factual discussion of the workings of the elites in our midst; one has to have sympathy for this severely wronged man.
Justice does not exist, if your guilty before trial, or via media.
At chapter 8 this so far has been a disappointing characterization of what most consider their civilized society. Greed, rules all.
Mr. Black is truly a victim., and if someone of his stature cannot win against these purveyors of hate, no one can.
My faith in our USA neighbors has taken a new plummet, while the stature of other Canadians has taken on a naked skepticism.
However, the grammar could have been fixed with strategic comma usages, and word-y intonations might have been extended a bit to clarify some sentences; but no matter this is a real easy, excellent
read. Its changed me to a positive supporter of Mr. Black.--- sure hope he beats them all.
Great read by a great writer and businessman.
Well they say boarding school is an excellent preparation for prison life. Seems to have worked for Black - he's back in but appears to be surviving quite well.
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