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Flight of the Eagle

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    A strategic history of the United States by the bestselling author of biographies of Roosevelt and Nixon

In this magisterial new history of the United States, spanning from the New World through the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, acclaimed writer and historian Conrad Black examines the rise of the world's supreme power, its recent decline, and its ultimate s
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published May 10th 2013 by Signal (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
July 6, 2015
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of Conrad Black’s book “The flight of the Eagle”

I purchased this book in 2013 from Amazon after hearing a review and interview on the radio. It sounded very interesting and decided I wanted to read the book. When it was delivered, I was surprised to see that it was a “tome” of over 800 pages. Having just read biographies of John Adams, and Abagail Adams, I postponed reading Eagle for a time when my head was not so filled with historical data that I wante
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Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
One might not like Conrad Black, but that should not detract from the fact that Flight of the Eagle is quite the undertaking (at 800 plus pages) in it's dissection of American history. Black gives some mention to his own experience with the penal system in the end (perhaps an unnecessary diatribe in an otherwise excellent historical treaties), which at the very least might help give the reader some context to his own perception regarding the criminal charges against him. That said, the book esse ...more
Mr. Black has been on my radar for some time having written a well regarded biography of FDR, but having completed this history of American foreign relations, I have reason to doubt his abilities. Mr. Black starts with a strong examination of George Washington and Ben Franklin's vision of an independent America that their immediate successors did well to follow. I think he overstates his case a little bit and undersells Jefferson's contributions to America's growth, but mostly solid. However, as ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a massive book, as one would expect of a history of the USA from the initial colonization of the East coast to March 2013 when the book was published. It is ably written, and I didn't have any objections to Black's sometimes wordy & at times esoteric vocabulary & sentence structure.
My personal lack of interest in the mechanics & details of the battles in the early history(war of 1812, war of independence, Civil war) and of the political maneuvering underlying presidential &am
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history book. I truly agree with Henry Kissinger's opening notes - must read for all students. Provides an orderly historical review from the perspective of all the U.S. Presidencies. Conrad Black (like him or not) has a unique writing style (first time I read one of his books and I'm impressed - although he isn't my favorite character). Well researched and not too opinionated - a well balanced book that I recommend everyone read (for those who care to understand how not only the U.S. ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book, Black reviews all of American History, President by President , with insight as to major US strategies, etc. Everyone who wants to refresh their understanding of major US historical events should read this book
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Recommended to Anna by: john b, michael m
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"Countries, like people, do what they think they can get away with, with impunity."
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
A essential reader for any understanding of US history
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