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Biographer of Roosevelt and Nixon Sentenced to Prison

Conrad Black (aka Lord Black of Crossharbour, aka “The Robber Baron”), author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (2003) and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full (2007), has been sentenced to 78 months in prison (“Judge cuts Conrad Black a break,” by Abdon M. Pallasch, Chicago Sun-Times). He doesn’t look happy.

If he had stuck to writing ponderous biographies–and left massive fraud to others–he’d still be winging his way to Bora Bora on the corporate jet. But such are the travails of the writing life.

What you’ll miss if you don’t read to the end:

Black’s attorney, Jeffrey Steinback, asked St. Eve to look at testimonial letters from celebrities including Elton John, George Will, William F. Buckley and former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, as well as "a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment."

"I ask the court to consider all of the work he has done for so many," Steinback said.

A prosecutor said the celebrities don’t have any better handle on Black’s character than the jurors.

"Does Elton John really know Conrad Black?" prosecutor Eric Sussman said.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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