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Though I've never personally worked for newspapers, I spent three years working for Paul Raymond Publications, then located in Chronicle House, directly facing the Daily Telegraph, so I met a lot of the journalists in the glorious Street of Shame, retain fond memories of it, and love reading books about it. I bought The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire for that reason, but also because I am presently fascinated by the ever-widening swamp of Rupert Murdoch's present troubles and the related phone-hacking and BSkyB scandals.
I was not disappointed. A practicing lawyer as well as a journalist, author John Lisners worked for various Murdoch newspapers as an investigative reporter, personally met Rupert Murdoch, was once temporarily banned from working for Murdoch publications because he offended the Great Man with certain sensational exposes, and clearly knows what he is talking about when he charts the rise and fall of News International and those associated with it, including Messrs Coulson, Hunt,Osborne, Cameron and the reportedly charming Rebekah Brooks. However, I also loved this book because it is filled with fascinating glimpses into the lives of a wide variety of dodgy characters, including crooked cops, violent criminals, dodgy politicians, professional prostitutes, demented celebrities, sinful men of the church, and general weirdos. How John Lisners managed to survive them all, I just can't imagine.
If you want a definitive picture of Rupert Murdoch and his empire, if you want to know how journalists interact with politicians, the police and the general public, if you want to be shocked, outraged and amused, I'd recommend this book. Personally, I loved it.