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Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership Kindle Edition

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Praise for Flight of the Eagle:
 • "[A] sweeping dissertation on the rise of the United States as a dominant global superpower." -- Toronto Star
 • "Black writes with boundless energy, graceful lucidity, considerable learning." -- Winnipeg Free Press
 • "Fascinating, richly detailed." -- Vancouver Sun

About the Author

Conrad Black wrote acclaimed biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. He was the chairman of the Telegraph newspapers in Britain, 1987-2003, and founded the National Post in Canada, where he remains a columnist. He also writes in the National Review Online, The New Criterion, and the Huffington Post. He has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2001. He lives in Canada.

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  • File Size: 7473 KB
  • Print Length: 824 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AUZS12O
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"Flight of the Eagle" is a massive tome of 746. Your humble reviewer devoured its fascinating contents in a three day read fest which left my eyes sore but my mind enlightened! Conrad Black the author is a Montreal born author. Black owned the "Telegraph" newspapers in Great Britain and is a member of the British House of Lords. He was imprisoned for a few years in the United State for alleged fraud against stockholders in his company. Black has written fine biographies of such luminaries as Richard M. Nixon and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This new book has been released to mainly positive reviewers. The book includes an introduction by Dr. Henry Kissinger the former Secretary of State during the Nixon Administration.
Black tells the whole story of the American experience from the French and Indian Wars (1756-61) all the way through to the Obama presidential administration. He ranks Washington, Lincoln, FDR and Reagan as our greatest chief executives. Black spends a good deal of ink discussing United States foreign policy and the major issues facing each POTUS. Each presidential election is covered with insight. Black is bluntly outspoken in his commentary which will keep your interest and force your mind to think. I was greatly informed by this book and have a new respect fro the greatness of the United States. The book is history writing at its apex! The book is rife with quotable quotes. A sampling of them are included below:
Black on the ending of the American Revolution: "Yorktown did not end the war but...knocked the stuffing out of the morale of one side while lifting the other."-p. 76
"Jefferson, though an elitist, favored a broad suffrage."-p.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is unusual to find a history book that is fascinating and very hard to put down.

I learned a lot about the contributions of each U S president both positive and negative with many surprises.

I was intrigued by the author's take that Roosevelt got the best of both Churchill and Stalin in settlement of the European east and west boundaries at the end of World War II.

I checked his biography and was surprised to learn that he is a citizen of Canada.

He was convicted of fraud and obstruction-of-justice in Chicago and served 42 months in prison. (He believed he was unfairly convicted.)

In spite of his treatment in the U S courts, he delivered a very positive description of the United States from colonial to current times.

I recommend the book as an excellent read.

Ray from Illinois
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Conrad Black produced two unequalled and wonderfully readable biographies of FDR and Nixon, but has surpassed even himself with Flight of the Eagle. It is the most thoughtful, insightful, impressively comprehensive, sharply opinionated, evocative history of the United States I have ever read--albeit, occasionally maddening, in places verbally obtuse, and frequently open to controversy. And it is exactly those raucous qualities that make this book such a literary feast. He deconstructs over 300 years of American history at a furious pace, a cornucopia of grand events, personalities, wars, famines, political skullduggeries, and huge shifts around the world. He threads this epic narrative with brilliant insights, swift and often brutal judgments, and provocative, and fascinating, opinions about the quality of each of our presidents and vice presidents. It is as much a time-lined history as it is an editorial piece as it is a 700 page love letter to the United States. This is history as it is meant to be written--and read.
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I've been waiting for this book for a while now, and was not disappointed in the least. His previous biographies and autobiography are so well written also. He has such a way with words, is so articulate, explains and writes so beautifully, it is truly a pleasure to read. If you are a serious American history buff, this is going to surprise and dazzle you.
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Conrad Black, in his new book, Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership, introduces us to George Bancroft as the politician who proposed James K. Polk to the 1844 Democratic convention. Black twice mentions that Bancroft was an "eminent historian," but he does not specify History of the United States of America, Vol. 1 of 6: From the Discovery of the Continent (Classic Reprint) as his most important work. Bancroft spent four decades researching and publishing this multi-volume study, and he published the volumes sequentially as they were completed. Starting with Columbus, de Soto, and Cabot, Bancroft brought his nation's history current through 1879. It was a monumental work, each page saturated with footnotes, and by the end of Vol. I had only reached Cromwell, the Stuart restoration, and the Puritans' flight to the new world. No wonder it took forty years to complete. Jumping ahead to the Eisenhower administration, the Oxford University Press set out to publish a multi-volume history of the United States for a general audience, so far starting with Middlekauff's The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States). More than a half-century later only eight of the proposed dozen volumes have been completed.Read more ›
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