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Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain [Kindle Edition]

Tom Watson , Martin Hickman
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'This book uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and cover up, and how its exposure has changed the way we look at our politicians, our police service and our press.'



Rupert Murdoch's newspapers had been hacking phones, blagging information and casually destroying people's lives for years, but it was only after a trivial report about Prince William's knee in 2005 that detectives stumbled on a criminal conspiracy. A five-year cover-up then concealed and muddied the truth. Dial M for Murdoch gives the first connected account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Murdochs' News Corporation went to "put the problem in a box" (in James Murdoch's words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its political and police friends, and how it was finally exposed.



The book is full of details which have never been disclosed before in public, including the smears and threats against politicians, journalists and lawyers. It reveals the existence of brave insiders who pointed those pursuing the investigation towards pieces of secret information that cracked open the case.



By contrast, many of the main players in the book are unsavoury, but by the end of it you have a clear idea of what they did. Seeing the story whole, as it is presented here for the first time, allows the character of the organisation which it portrays to emerge unmistakeably. You will hardly believe it.



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Even if you are familiar with the News of the World phone-hacking saga, you will be gobsmacked by this account. It is a tale of stupidity, incompetence, lying, downright wickedness and corruption in high places. (Peter Wilby Guardian)

The authors weave the events of the past decade into a compulsive narrative that includes not only phone hacking but email interception, surveillance, burglary, cover-ups, political influence and - at its darkest - murder. Anyone who has lost track of what happened, or why it matters, should read this book (Jonathan Heawood Daily Telegraph)

A thriller on par with the legendary All the President's Men, the story of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and British phone hacking scandal makes for political drama at its finest... a gripping account that will likely be a go-to source in years to come. (Publishers Weekly)

I'm not planning on reading it. (Rupert Murdoch)

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‘This book uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and cover up, and how its exposure has changed the way we look at our politicians, our police service and our press.’

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers had been hacking phones, blagging information and casually destroying people’s lives for years, but it was only after a trivial report about Prince William’s knee in 2005 that detectives stumbled on a criminal conspiracy. A five-year cover-up then concealed and muddied the truth. Dial M for Murdoch gives the first connected account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Murdochs’ News Corporation went to “put the problem in a box” (in James Murdoch’s words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its political and police friends, and how it was finally exposed.

The book is full of details which have never been disclosed before in public, including the smears and threats against politicians, journalists and lawyers. It reveals the existence of brave insiders who pointed those pursuing the investigation towards pieces of secret information that cracked open the case. By contrast, many of the main players in the book are unsavoury, but by the end of it you have a clear idea of what they did. Seeing the story whole, as it is presented here for the first time, allows the character of the organisation which it portrays to emerge unmistakeably. You will hardly believe it.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7584 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00B1L13JE
  • Publisher: Penguin (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V5BYI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of reportage 31 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback
The week I bought and read this book started with the three main political parties agreeing a framework for future regulation of the press, with much indignation coming from, of course, the press and in particular the Murdoch press. On the Wednesday the two main stories were the budget and the fact that the Deputy Editor of The Sun had been charged with corruption offences. And on the Thursday The Sun led with a headline stating the budget had been approved by 'the ministry for information'. The irony that The Sun and it's owner were criticsing the government for bringing in tighter press regulation could not be lost. And if you want a full understanding of what led to this state of affairs then I suggest you read this excellent book.

The book reads like a thriller I found myself wanting to read it at every opportunity. It shows just how far corruption within News Corp had gone. You are probably familiar with most of the events in this book, but having them all together in one volume like this really does shock. We now know how low they were prepared to go but the piece where Lesley Ash points out she is not Lesley Chapman really does bring it home. The police, the government and the PCC were all afraid of Murdoch and his bullies in the newsrooms. It took a few brave journalists and politicians to stand up to them and finally bring them to book. What is truly shocking is how the police were prepared to ignore the evidence of the level of hacking that was going on that was right there in front of them. No wonder there are so many miscarriages of justice in this country.

If, like me, you believe Murdoch has been a bad influence in this country read this book it will confirm your worst fears.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and eye-opening 12 Jan. 2013
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I agree with the favourable reviews here - this is a readable and extremely well-informed account of the practices at News Corporation unearthed before and during the Leveson Enquiry. Even allowing for Tom Watson's far-from-impartial stance on the matter, it is a shocking catalogue of malpractice and corruption involving press, politicians, political "advisors" and their ilk and the police. Watson and Hickman actually manage to preserve a reasonably matter-of-fact tone much of the time and their evidence and research is unarguable.

If you have any interest in the matter, or in press and political ethics in general this will interest you, and I recommend it as a fascinating and eye-opening read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome exposé of Britain's Watergate 26 Mar. 2013
By TimM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being an avid political junkie, and, as a Liverpool football supporter, a long-standing opponent of News International, I was eager to join the dots of all the phone-hacking stories and this book does it brilliantly. Tom Watson deserves immense credit for sticking with this despite all the obstacles placed in his path. I recommend this to anyone who believes in freedom and justice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read 19 Mar. 2013
By Jeff
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put it down. The book joins the dots of a decade of corrupt and illegal news gathering by the Murdoch press. It deserves to reach a wider audience and would make a wonderful documentary or movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sickening 23 Oct. 2014
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a long, dogged and utterly brilliant recounting of the recent problems of that horrible man Rupert Murdoch, who not only dictated what his newspapers could report on, but also what they could say. The story begins with the suspicions of a number of people, from the worlds of celebrity, politics, film and television finding themselves under surveillance, for no other reason that Murdoch's minions fancied attacking them in some way. Fair enough, one might think, if you're famous for something you are open to unwelcome attention. But Murdoch and his minions went much further than merely following them, spying on them, and trying to get compromising photographs of them. His underlings were told to hack their phones and computers in direct contradiction of the law.

I found this book utterly riveting and read it straight through in one vast gulp. I'd seen the odd news item, knew a little of those targeted, but it didn't really hit me until I read this book which gives chapter and verse of the horrendous lies (the corruption, perjury and exaggerated villification), the lengths that some of these wicked people were prepared to go. The vaunting self-assurance of Rebekah Brooks comes out clearly. She appeared to believe that when the News of the World was closed down, there would be the opportunity to create a new newspaper to take its place.

It's all here. The hiring of the odious toady Coulson, the Chipping Norton set, with their summer parties, at which a growing set of other toadies (Jeremy Clarkson, Matthew Freud, the ubiquitous Rebekah Wade, and above all the closeness of Cameron to Murdoch).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By DJ Bez
Format:Hardcover
It is hard to review a book like this subjectively. Firstly, I am surprised that Murdoch himself has not been profiled by the likes of Tom Bowker who has done very enlightening alt-bios of Branson and soon Sugar. But whatever you think of those two businessmen, Murdoch needs not a book but "a whole conference". Despite the authors own disclosed vested interest, the book reads well and whilst I would say it often does come over as 'angry', it is neither overblown nor paranoid in tone.

The content should disgust you but the indifference and inaction should motivate you. 4 stars only because I suspect volumes 2 and 3 are needed to complete the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading. The fact that Murdoch is still running ...
Essential reading. The fact that Murdoch is still running newspapers and politicians shows how corrupt our society is. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wojciech Piotr Kazimierz Dmochowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should read by every by every adult in Britain who intends to vote at the next election.
Published 1 month ago by Bernard Pardue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting book on the machinations of bent police and journalists who cut cornerrs.
Published 1 month ago by Ciaran Goggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot new here but...
They way it is written is completely engrossing it will draw you in. Seeing it all spelt out is jaw dropping. Horrific, so much of what is wrong with our society is in this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fish323
5.0 out of 5 stars "We've got to call this man off, he's mad."
I put off reading this book for a long time, simply because it looked from the cover to be a bit dull. Read more
Published 4 months ago by prime.design
4.0 out of 5 stars but it is a good overview of this important topic
An interesting book by an author who has a close knowledge of the subject. It may not be completely objective for the same reason,but it is a good overview of this important topic,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 months ago by 'Putman'
5.0 out of 5 stars COVER UP ?............CONSPIRACY ?........You bet.
My oh my...........Not so much an eye opener as a prover of jiggery pokery. For those of us who're interested in the gutter press and all that it entails, it's a great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I could be any more shocked by the actions of the Dirty...
You won't be able to read this in one go, it's very dense, props to Tom Watson for making sure everything was attributable, something unknown in Murdoch's newspaper offices. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. R. G. Hill
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