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The author, historian and former newspaper proprietor Conrad Black discusses his bestselling book, Flight of the Eagle: A Strategic History of the United States (Signal, 2013), with Joseph Planta.

Flight of the Eagle: A Strategic History of the United States by Conrad Black (Signal, 2013).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

Conrad Black joins me now. We’ll discuss his latest book, already a bestseller, Flight of the Eagle: A Strategic History of the United States. It’s a lively and comprehensive history of America. It highlights the Presidents and other statesmen, their policies and actions, providing insight as to what’s made America the world’s pre-eminent nation. Its introduction is written by Henry Kissinger, and he says of this book: ‘Conrad Black has … framed thought-provoking questions about America’s world role in the coming decades.’ That’s what one reads in this book, and I’ll get Conrad Black to tell us about it, what sparked American exceptionalism, what Canadians might learn from the American experience, and where America might be headed. What one gets when reading this book is a sense of the patterns in history that might foretell the future of the United States. Conrad Black is financier and a columnist with the National Post, and a former newspaper proprietor throughout the world, who has written five previous books including two memoirs and acclaimed biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon. He is a member of the British House of Lords. And I would be remiss if I didn’t note, that he served three years in a US federal prison. You can read his last book A Matter of Principle for all that. This new book is published by Signal, which is an imprint of McClelland & Stewart. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Conrad Black; Lord Black, good morning.