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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849837791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849837798
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an important and timely book... full of original perceptions on the historical relationship between journalism and politics, in Australia and America as well as Britain. It is also a sharp warning that the guardians of our city are about to open its gates once again to a man who has shown that he cannot be trusted' Godfrey Hodgson, NEW STATESMAN 'Spendid account...The author explodes many Murdoch myths, including that of his being anti-establishment ... [Bruce Page] wears his wide reading lighly, possessing an investigator's eye for details, an insider's expertise on the ways of the media and a democrat's drive for openness and accountability. This is an important book on commercial power and political freedom. Heard much about it from "New" Labour's Murdoch hacks?' John Booth, Tribune 'Brings fresh insights... This book is a powerful indictment of media monopoly and its threat to democratic society' DIRECTOR 'Bruce Page's remarkable account of Rupert Murdoch and his world... It is a challenging read - speculative and learned; and if you think you know Machiavelli or Vilfredo Pareto, think again' Jonathan Mirksy, LITERARY REVIEW 'Bruce Page has broken the routine circle with a critique of Murdoch which goes beyond almost all others in its unflinching attack on the man...important and alarming...valuable...penetrating analysis...a good book' WEST END EXTRA 'This is a very full life of the great manipulator, leaving no stone unturned' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bruce Page is an investigative journalist of exceptional experience and renown who has been researching Rupert Murdoch's life and times for many years.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kaplan on 14 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Page's The Murdoch Archipelago is a stunner! A clear mind and a sharp moral sense are at work here to lay bare the career of a scoundrel - and what his kind of success shows us about our time and ourselves. Page tells a complex story with verve and style. He first lets us see how the Murdoch enterprise works - but then, why it works: why politicians yield to him, and precisely what his capacity is to traffic with power while pretending to rebel against it. Yet this is more than the story of one man. The important point, says Page, "is that Murdoch's operation may well be the general model of media empires which live in corporatist bliss with slowly degrading national governments." Buy it, read it and learn from this tale for our times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eclair on 5 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
This superb account of the Murdoch empire, brought right up to date, is an exciting and scholarly read. It tells of how Murdoch has systematically traded media reporting for power and monopoly. It breaks the myths - for example that he is a guru of tabloid circulation, that he is anti-establishment, that he is a news hound - and shows the news empire for what it is: a tyrant's tool.
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By E. J. Johnson on 16 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
This is certainly a well researched book but one of the true merits of a good journalist is clarity in his or her writing. I find this book does not have sufficient clarity and the reader tends to get lost in the detail which in certain sections produces a vague picture of one of the leading giants of the 20th Century who has done much to change the media.
Nevertheless this is a worthwhile read, particularly when it deals with Rupert Murdoch's family background.
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