ON-Lion Letter
In 1993, Conrad Black was the proprietor of London's Daily Telegraph and 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 fired as chairman of Hollinger International after he and his associates were accused of fraud.  In A Matter of Principle, new from Encounter Books, for the first time, Black describes his indictment, four-month trial in Chicago, partial conviction, imprisonment, and largely successful appeal.

In this unflinchingly revealing and superbly written memoir, 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 its pages, from prime ministers and presidents to the social, legal, and media elite.  Among 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 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 -- with those who have supported and those who have betrayed him -- his Roman Catholic faith, and his marriage to Barbara Amiel.  And he writes about his complex relations with Canada, Great Britain, and the U.S., and in particular the blow he has suffered at the hands of that nation.

In A Matter of Principle, Black maintains his innocence and recounts what he describes as "the fight of and for my life."  It is a riveting memoir and a scathing account of a flawed justice system.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit organization that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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