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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241961041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241961049
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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TOM WATSON is the MP for West Bromwich East. He campaigns against unlawful media practices and led the questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch when they appeared before Parliament in July 2011. He is the deputy chair of the Labour Party.

MARTIN HICKMAN has worked for the Independent since 2001, and has driven the paper's coverage of the phone hacking scandal. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in 2009.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Powell on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TimM on 26 Mar. 2013
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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 By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2013
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on 19 Mar. 2013
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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 By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2014
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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 on 22 Mar. 2013
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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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