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More Dangerous Ground: The Inside Story of Britain's Best Known Investigative Journalist Hardcover – Illustrated, 26 Apr 2007


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Ltd; Revised edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184624109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846241093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fantastic read ... couldn't put it down --Richard & Judy

About the Author

Roger Cook was raised in Australia and came to the UK in 1968. In his extraordinary broadcasting career, he has won eleven major national and international awards, culminating in a BAFTA (British Academy Award) given 'in recognition of twenty-five years of outstanding quality investigative reporting'. For the past decade he has been Visiting Professor to the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, which recently made him an Honorary Doctor of Letters for services to journalism. He lives in the West Country with his wife and daughter.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David L on 3 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book by one of TV's more professional investigative journalists. A good read and very informative regarding the THE NEWS OF THE WORLD scandal that brought the series to its end in 2000. I am deeply ashamed and truly sorry for the part I played in that.
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By Robert Mallabone on 14 Nov 2014
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Good read, a very brave man
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sentimentalreader on 21 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have just read the most extraordinarily `contemptible and inaccurate' review of a very good book by a brave and principled journalist. What the reviewer doesn't tell you is that he is closely associated with the Satanist bookshop which featured in one of the programmes described in the book. Apart from selling artefacts and regalia for Satanist rituals, the shop and some of the publications it also sold - whether knowingly or not - acted as contact and recruiting points for at least two fringe organisations advocating child abuse and sexual violence.
Following the programme in 1989, the proprietor had complained to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission about the programme's treatment of him and the allegations that had been made. In the event, the Commission rejected his complaint. Undeterred, he then falsely claimed on the website to which the reviewer refers, that the Commission had found against the Cook Report programme and that ITV had been ordered to apologise on air and in TV Times. This was demonstrably untrue, as are many other claims still being made on the website.
Over the years and along with another, similar site, it has mendaciously recycled fabricated stories from the now defunct News of the World which the newspaper had been forced to admit in open court
`were false and should never have been published'. It has also selectively republished a string of other provably inaccurate newspaper stories, tortuous self-justifications and rewritings of history. Here, this axe-grinding `reviewer' has concentrated on just one Cook Report, but has gone on to condemn all 130 of them. But let's be clear - and I write as someone who knew the series well, albeit from the outside - the programmes were high-quality, ground-breaking journalism and the book is a five star read, especially the newly published paperback edition, which updates many of those ground-breaking stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Woodhurst on 22 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished Roger Cook's latest book More Dangerous Ground. It brought back to life the very popular Cook Report series on 1980/90's TV that was suddenly terminated by false and very damaging accusations in the press, receiving enormous publicity at the time - unlike their retraction some years later admitting 'over cellos reporting'. The author is able to bring to the reader's attention some extraordinary things which for various reasons would usually never see the light of day, except when someone like Roger Cook has the courage and tenacity to do so.

In any event this publication makes for a jolly interesting read.
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More Dangerous Ground - by Roger Cook 12 Oct 2012
By Pat Regan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
More Dangerous Ground- by Roger Cook

Any "Inside story" purporting to be about a so-called investigative journalist must surely be 100% accurate, trustworthy and not open to serious conjecture. Sadly, this is exactly where Mr Cook's somewhat conflict-ridden book falls apart.

Of course, admittedly there may be some instances wherein Mr Cook is exact in his stated allegations, with regards to his selected targets. However, what about innocent people who may have been wrongly selected for `Trial by media' attention by the Cook Report; people who were totally innocent of any blame that he erroneously levelled against them?

One such example was illustrated via Roger Cook's blatant, and in effect rather `bizarre', imprecision concerned his detestable and utterly gratuitous personal targeting of a completely blameless Leeds book shop proprietor. The following text that I accessed quite easily via a simple web search is highly relevant to this issue I believe...

"A Public Statement About Roger Cook's book Dangerous Ground and his continued victimisation of The Sorcerer's Apprentice by promoting the false idea of a conspiracy against himself"

In view of the above Statement (which can be found on the internet), I therefore believe that there are extremely serious inaccuracies within this book. Consequently, can we expect apologies from Mr Cook for such grave inaccuracy committed that have deeply and negatively affected innocent folks like this out there?

I am always most apprehensive of sensationalist `Trial by media' and with having inside knowledge about the specific content of this volume I cannot recommend it to anyone; other than as an illustration of how one should `not' act towards others in any fair and liberal-minded society.

In my opinion (which is based on demonstrable and precise data at my disposal) this book is contemptible, inaccurate and should in all fairness be removed forthwith.
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