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5.0 out of 5 stars A Staggering Expose', 27 July 2012
This review is from: Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain (Hardcover)
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This hardback book comes with a "Day-glo" red dust cover which should mean that it's not easy to misplace!

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?

The book concentrates not so much on the phone-hacking & other illegal intrusions of privacy that News Corp employees and their agents engaged in (Glenn Mulcaire allegedly had over 11,000 A4 pages of other people's personal data in his possession), but more on the lengthy cover-up operations and bully-boy tactics that the Murdoch Machine engaged in over more than 5 years along with the seeming reluctance of the Met Police force to investigate the many instances of wrongdoing within the Murdoch Empire they both uncovered and had reported to them.

High quality writing combined with a clear and attention-holding presentation of copious historical information make this book an eye-opening read. Some have said to me that the two authors have "over-egged the pudding" somewhat: well be that as it may, I didn't get that impression. However, even if there is a grain of truth in that, the book still makes for highly compelling reading - but do watch out for the odd bit of bad language (there isn't much at all) if that sort of thing offends you.

Definitely worth reading!
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