"Wolff does one of those things that journalists can still do. He speaks truth to power." (Kim Fletcher Prospect Magazine
The definitive, exclusive-access account of the life and career of Rupert Murdoch - one of the most powerful, unusual, controversial, menacing, and captivating figures of our age.
In a career spanning four decades Rupert Murdoch has built News International into a $70 billion corporation. Through a series of breathtaking gambles he expanded from his base in the Australian newspaper business to achieve a preeminent position in the UK's media, and to control a huge slice of Hollywood. Increasingly his company has built a presence in online and digital media, most recently through its acquisition of MySpace, and he is steadily expanding into Southeast Asia.
But Murdoch is more than a predatory and merciless deal-maker. His company does not only generate dizzying profits and growth rates. His company generates the information that forms our understanding of the world. He presides over what we read, what we watch, what we come to believe about ourselves, to an extent that is without serious parallel anywhere on earth. In the words of Michael Wolff, Murdoch 'held more power over more time than any other contemporary figure'.
Working with unrivalled access to Murdoch himself, his family, and his inner circle of advisors, Wolff shows how Murdoch came to wield this power and the uses he has made of it. Murdoch has become almost invisible behind the strong emotions he provokes. Now Wolff's account reveals the qualities that took Murdoch to the top of the world and have kept him there. In doing so he tells a business story that is also the story of a man's life, and the story of our times.
From the Back Cover
Rupert Murdoch is one of the greatest deal-makers alive. His companies possess extraordinary political and cultural power.Whether it is the Sun and the rise of Thatcher, BSkyB and the transformation of football, or Fox News and the War on Terror, we have been living in the Age of Murdoch since the late seventies.But who is he? What drives him? With unprecedented access to Murdoch and his inner circle, Michael Wolff chronicles the astonishing growth of the moguls giant media kingdom. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews he offers us a portrait of a Machiavellian titan; overbearing, but loving, father; love-struck husband and brilliant newsman that is unrivalled in its intimacy and candour. In doing so he tells a business story that is both the story of a mans life, and the story of our times. Wolff provides rich insights into the workings of News Corp, his relations with wives and children, his handling of rivals and enemies. He explains all vividly and lucidly, and doesnt pull his punches Guardian Full of interesting titbits and insights Irish Times 'A deeply satisfying experience
full of the kind of detailed ticktock that makes business seems brutally exciting New York Times Gripping
fascinating Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Michael Wolff is a contributing editor and columnist for Vanity Fair
, and a National Magazine Award winner and two-time nominee. His weekly column in New York Magazine
, 'This Media Life', was one of the most influential commentaries about the media industry. He is the author of the best-selling Burn Rate
, and of the books White Kids, Where We Stand -
which became a multipart PBS series - and most recently, Autumn of the Moguls
. He is a frequent guest commentator on a range of national news shows, and his journalism appears regularly in the Guardian