Amiel was Black’s downfall say peers

Barbara Amiel steered Conrad Black away from journalism and into the celebrity world of the super-rich, which ultimately led to the fall of Black’s Hollinger media empire, according to Black’s former Daily Telegraph lieutenants. The Independentquotes two of Black’s associates, who complain about the influence Amiel had over her husband’s business affairs. The report is a preview of a story in the next issue ofVanity Fair, and follows a more descriptive story that ran in the Times in October.