If Rupert Murdoch isn't making headlines, he's busy buying the media outlets that generate the headlines. His News Corp. holdings—from the New York Post, Fox News, and most recently The Wall Street Journal, to name just a few—are vast, and his power is unrivaled. So what makes a man like this tick? Michael Wolff gives us the definitive answer in The Man Who Owns the News.
With unprecedented access to Rupert Murdoch himself, and his associates and family, Wolff chronicles the astonishing growth of Murdoch's $70 billion media kingdom. In intimate detail, he probes the Murdoch family dynasty, from the battles that have threatened to destroy it to the reconciliations that seem to only make it stronger. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews, he offers accounts of the Dow Jones takeover as well as plays for Yahoo! and Newsday as they've never been revealed before.
Written in the irresistible stye that only an award-winning columnist for Vanity Fair can deliver, The Man Who Owns the News offers an exclusive glimpse into a man who wields extraordinary power and influence in the media on a worldwide scale—and whose family is being groomed to carry his legacy into the future.
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"If you want to know everything (and that means EVERYTHING) about the notorious media magnate Rupert Murdoch, check out this book. Like a good journalist, narrator Don Leslie delivers the story with perfect dispassion. This is exactly what the book calls for, and the approach only underlines the sad life of one of the richest men in the world. Most journalists hold Murdoch in disdain. The founder of Fox News, the owner of the NEW YORK POST, and, to the horror of reporters everywhere, the new owner of the WALL STREET JOURNAL has never shied away from using his media for his own ends. At least with Wolff's book, people can learn more about Murdoch and how he got that way. Like him or not, he's had an interesting life. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"