- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (29 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241961041
- ISBN-13: 978-0241961049
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain Paperback – 29 Nov 2012
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Even if you are familiar with the News of the World phone-hacking saga, you will be gobsmacked by this account. It is a tale of stupidity, incompetence, lying, downright wickedness and corruption in high places. (Peter Wilby Guardian)
The authors weave the events of the past decade into a compulsive narrative that includes not only phone hacking but email interception, surveillance, burglary, cover-ups, political influence and - at its darkest - murder. Anyone who has lost track of what happened, or why it matters, should read this book (Jonathan Heawood Daily Telegraph)
A thriller on par with the legendary All the President's Men, the story of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and British phone hacking scandal makes for political drama at its finest... a gripping account that will likely be a go-to source in years to come. (Publishers Weekly)
I'm not planning on reading it. (Rupert Murdoch)
About the Author
TOM WATSON is the MP for West Bromwich East. He campaigns against unlawful media practices and led the questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch when they appeared before Parliament in July 2011. He is the deputy chair of the Labour Party.
MARTIN HICKMAN has worked for the Independent since 2001, and has driven the paper's coverage of the phone hacking scandal. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in 2009.
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The book reads like a thriller I found myself wanting to read it at every opportunity. It shows just how far corruption within News Corp had gone. You are probably familiar with most of the events in this book, but having them all together in one volume like this really does shock. We now know how low they were prepared to go but the piece where Lesley Ash points out she is not Lesley Chapman really does bring it home. The police, the government and the PCC were all afraid of Murdoch and his bullies in the newsrooms. It took a few brave journalists and politicians to stand up to them and finally bring them to book. What is truly shocking is how the police were prepared to ignore the evidence of the level of hacking that was going on that was right there in front of them. No wonder there are so many miscarriages of justice in this country.
If, like me, you believe Murdoch has been a bad influence in this country read this book it will confirm your worst fears.Read more ›
OK, enough of the indignation. What is it like as a book. Well its very readable and given that it is written from the viewpoint of two men who feel a burning sense of wrong, the tone is surprisingly detached and analytical. How far some of its conclusions are justified is something that we will probably not fully judge until the final report of the Leveson enquiry. However the self complacent and amoral arrogance which comes through in the reported utterances of so many politicians and senior NI execs are too reminiscent of the rantings of those MPs who resented being caught out by the expenses scandal to be anything but disturbing. The only bright spot is that there are still policemen, MPs and journalists who have standards and the courage to uphold them. So, not an easy read, but its one you'll not easily forget and hopefully the shock will still be around at the next election.
If you have any interest in the matter, or in press and political ethics in general this will interest you, and I recommend it as a fascinating and eye-opening read.
Just as everyone should watch the film "Schindler's List" so that hopefully such atrocities as the Holocaust will never occur again, so all should read this book as it shows what happens when great power and wealth are acquired and controlled by a few, and as a result the great and the good are forced to cow-tow to these despots in order to retain some degree of public esteem.
As the old saying goes... "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!" And according to this book (and the Leveson Inquiry) that is just what appears to have happened from within the Murdoch Press in particular. The main scandal that comes out of the book for me is their being so ably assisted by successive British government (including all prime) ministers since the Iron Lady's reign in the early 1980s as a consequence of their fear of the damage the Murdoch Press can do to their public reputations should they ever happen to get on the wrong side of it. For instance, remember Murdoch's The Sun 1992 Election Day front page? It contained a picture of the then Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock's head inside a light bulb accompanied by the caption "if Neil Kinnock wins today, will the last person to leave the country please turn off the lights." Of course, there was no attempt in that headline to influence the election outcome was there?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely fascinating and a very useful read. I recommend that anyone with an interest in contemporary British politics gives this their time.Published 11 months ago by Mr. J. M. Ainsworth
Great read - opens your eyes and offers a detailed insight to the goings on regarding phone hacking and some of the depths certain folk will go to.Published 13 months ago by Mr. Lee D Hodgson
I did meet Murdock many years ago and was totally repulsed. This book reminds you what total s***s our politicians arePublished 17 months ago by prof paul
A well researched and well recorded account of the exposure of the dubious, unprincipled and morally repugnant methods embraced by the controlling owners, management, staff, and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by DOPPLEGANGER
Very interesting, surprised at the antics of the Murdoch press to invent stories. Interesting what Murdoch press will nowdo to Tom as he is now deputy leader. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Skinner
This fine piece of journalism exposes the cowardice, treachery and lies of so many people still in high paying positions of power in the UK today. Read morePublished 20 months ago by keen reader
Tom Watson is the Labour MP for West Bromwich East and a campaigner against unlawful media practices. Read morePublished on 14 April 2015 by William Podmore