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Featured Non-Fiction: Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour by George Tombs

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Featured Non-Fiction: Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour by George Tombs

ECW Press, November 2007

The Toronto launch of Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour by award-winning journalist George Tombs is at 6:00 this evening at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street). See our events page for details. Check out Open Book's magazine to read about the author's “Wild Ride” when researching, writing, and publishing his book.

About the book:
Robber Baron: Lord Black of Crossharbour is an unauthorized biography of Conrad Black, who built the world’s third-largest media empire and was convicted in Chicago on three counts of fraud and one of obstruction of justice and will be sentenced on November 30, 2007.

Robber Baron is based on rigorous research, hard-hitting interviews, original documents, and exclusive access to Black and his close family and friends, key associates, critics, and staunch enemies. Written by George Tombs, an award-winning journalist and historian, this book gives a fascinating insider’s look at a complex, driven man who is never out of the news for long.

The book will include key testimony and evidence from Black’s Chicago trial, as well as insights into his defence, strategies, hopes . . . and fears. Love him or hate him, Black is a fighter who never says die. Robber Baron tells the story of a modern-day Citizen Kane, helping readers understand why Black does what he does.

About the author:
George Tombs is an award-winning journalist, and has worked for TV, radio, newsmagazines, and newspapers, in both English and French. He has reported first-hand on disappearances, refugees, hostage-takings, terrorists, aboriginal societies, desert nomads, Nobel-winning scientists, inventors, and heads of state and government. He served as editorial-writer at the Montreal Gazette, has produced several documentary series for CBC and Radio-Canada, and has a PhD in history from McGill University. He is a visiting professor at Athabasca University. Tombs is a contributor to The Guardian about Conrad Black, and has spoken about Black on CNN, BBC, CBC, CTV, and Global News.