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The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire Kindle Edition
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Although Murdoch claimed his father was not a rich man his base line was far in excess of the average wage. Sir Keith Murdoch received kudos on the back of a highly emotional letter to the Australian Prime Minister, with a copy to the British Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith, in which he blamed Sir Ian Hamilton and the British military leadership for the heavy losses suffered by ANZAC troops at Gallipoli. It was, "a compound of truth and error, fact and prejudice" which led to the dismissal of Hamilton and set the tone for the Murdoch method of writing news for effect rather than for truth. Owning newspapers gave him the opportunity to meet and influence decision-makers, a strategy adopted by his son. Keith Murdoch boasted he had Joe Lyons elected as Prime Minister in 1932, his son backed Gough Whitlam in 1972 and, of course, "It was the Sun Wot Won It' in 1992.Read more ›
Misleading name on a mediocre work.
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.
Lisner's book is a good introduction to the world of Murdoch and News International but if you already know a fair bit, then you probably won't learn anything new apart from that Lisner earned a fortune as a freelance journalist writing for the Murdoch press and others when the Street of Shame actually existed.
The book begins with the phone hacking scandal before moving onto Murdoch's family - his father, Sir Keith, also owned newspapers, but unlike his son was happy to accept baubles: Murdoch's mother is a dame. Lisners is strongest on Murdochian matters when they occurred in Australia (Lisners also hailing from Down Under) - how Murdoch engineered the sacking of an Aussie premier is truly shocking - but is also good when detailing how Murdoch outfoxed not only Robert Maxwell but also the Carr family, then owners of the News of the World.
Lisners recounts some tales from well-known scandals but many have already been covered and in more depth - Gerry Brown's autobiography gives a more detailed account of Jeffrey Archer and the package at Victoria Station, for example. Andrew Neil's book gives you more of a feel of what it is like to work closely for Murdoch. Tom Watson is better on phone hacking.
Lisners wrote many stories for the News of the World and says that Barry Askew could possibly have been the greatest editor of that paper but blotted his copybook when he was admonished by the Queen.Read more ›
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Worth a read for anybody who thinks that the Empire is dead. The Empire will strike back, this time it's the Digital Media that needs to be cautious.Published on 28 Mar. 2013 by Grant Maxwell
This book reveals the backstory to a number of events in Murdoch's business life which could be described as unsavoury. Read morePublished on 4 July 2012 by Marion New York
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