The historian and columnist Conrad Black discusses the American presidential primaries, Donald Trump, as well as Franklin Roosevelt and books, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
Conrad Black joins me again. We’ll touch on current affairs, such as the presidential contests in the United States, the dominance of Donald Trump in the Republican primary process, and what’s happening on the Democratic Party with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But with Conrad’s indulgence we’ll also talk about his thirteen year old book, Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (PublicAffairs, 2003), one of the better books on FDR. I re-read the book last year, prior to making a trip to Hyde Park, New York, the site of Roosevelt’s Presidential Library and Birthplace. Perhaps there are lessons in the lives of Franklin and Eleanor, useful as we see what’s happening in America today. Conrad Black’s website is at www.conradmblack.com. You can read him regularly at the National Post and National Review. He is a financier, and a former newspaper proprietor among other things. His previous books include two memoirs, biographies of Maurice Duplessis and Richard Nixon, as well as histories of the United States and Canada, Flight of the Eagle, and Rise to Greatness. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, in Toronto today, Conrad Black; Lord Black, good morning.