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  • Published: 24 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448114344
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

Hack Attack

How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch

The stand-out, definitive book about phone-hacking, the biggest scandal of our age, told by the man who broke the story


At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal correspondent of the News of the World was cuaght listening in on Buckingham Palace voicemails. He was quietly sent to prison and the case was closed.

But Nick Davies felt sure there was a lot more going on.

And he was right.

Hack Attack is the definitive inside story of one of the major scandals of our age, told by the man who exposed it. Davies and a network of rebel lawyers, MPs and celebrities took on Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful men in the world, and in bringing him down they uncovered a world of crime and cover-up reaching from the newsroom to Scotland Yard and to Downing Street.

This is the story of a network of corruption rooted deep within our society, and how it was dragged into the light.

'This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London' GEORGE CLOONEY

  • Pub date: 24 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448114344
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the Author

Nick Davies

Nick Davies writes investigative stories for the Guardian, and has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year in British press awards. Between July 2009 and July 2011, he wrote more than a hundred stories about crime in Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World. He has written six books including White Lies and Dark Heart, and the bestselling Flat Earth News, exposing falsehood and propaganda in news media. Hack Attack is his latest book.

He has three children and lives in Sussex.

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Praise for Hack Attack

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for, the thrilling and important inside story of how a single reporter came through with the truth of the hacking scandals. He exposed shameful intrusions, the years of deceit, lies, and bullying. And he did more. He revealed a rottenness at the heart of British life in the relations of press, police, and Parliament, institutions that, taken as a whole, failed the big test. Hack Attack is an indictment of the worst of journalism, but is itself an exhilarating demonstration of how the best of journalism—hard-won, honest reporting—is the lifeblood of any democracy.”

Sir Harold Evans

“First in the Guardian and now in this book, the reporting of Nick Davies has revealed the insidious abuse of power—and the public trust—by the Murdoch press from the top down. The British hacking scandal is the ultimate expression of Murdoch-culture run amok: corruption in the Fourth Estate as dangerous to democracy as the worst excesses of heads of state. ”

Carl Bernstein

“This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”

George Clooney (who is set to direct the film of the book)

“Nick Davies is Britain’s greatest investigative journalist... This book is as exciting as a thriller but far more important... should be compulsory reading in journalism schools and must be read by anyone who wishes to understand how British politics actually works.”

Peter Oborne, Telegraph

“Gripping …the best account we have of the phone-hacking scandal and the attendant police corruption and cover-ups...A masterly summary of the hacking affair, as well as the ingenuity and persistence that lead to great journalism.”

Henry Porter, Observer

“His set pieces...are breathtaking... Hack Attack captures a picture of bullying and nepotism that should be absent from a democratic society”

Martin Hickman, The Independent

“What is revealed here, in painful, careful detail, is a journalism that held power in contempt…Nick Davies has done a colossal service to Britain’s democracy…Hack Attack is the book of a very bold reporter about a passage of arms that he won, to our great benefit.”

John Lloyd, Financial Times

“Davies’ account of how Murdoch and his dysfunctional lieutenants ensnared, enslaved, and frightened generations of politicians is blistering.”

Will Gore, Independent on Sunday

“THE book to drizzle your Piz Buin on.”

Hugh Grant, Twitter

“[Davies] tells a brilliant story [and] takes us through the years of sniffing and delving with energy, determination and resilience”

Peter Preston, Observer

“A riveting page-turner… Let’s remember that it took a journalist to do the job the authorities had evaded”

Ruth Dudley Edwards, Irish Independent

“The most important book of the year”

Tom Stoppard

“Riveting… A masterclass in investigative reporting… A story driven by passion and executed with precision”

Michael Foley, Irish Times

“You would expect [Davies] to write the best full-length account of the [phone-hacking] scandal, and so he has… Vivid and often gripping”

Peter Wilby, Guardian

“A brave and moral book”

Jonathan O'Brien, Sunday Business Post

“Gripping… Davies is more intent on changing the world than interpreting it, and the world is a better place for that”

Peter Jukes, New Statesman

“Nick Davies' astonishing account of the scandal that engulfed Britain (and Rupert Murdoch) in 2011...a reminder of the power of investigative journalism”


“A page-turner and definitely worth reading”

John Waples, PR Week

“Excellent… An essential read for anyone who wants to really understand the corrupt forces at work in Britain today”

Paul Donovan, Morning Star Online

“Shocking beyond anything I could’ve imagined”


“As exciting as a thriller, but far more important”

Organized Rage

“Thank goodness for Nick Davies and his ilk, who prove that there are still some principled journalists out there”


“Written like a thriller”

Socialist Unity

“Hack Attack is a page-turner and is definitely worth reading”

John Waples, PR Week UK

“Utterly compelling”

Paul Nolan, Hot Press

“If you read one book before the end of the year, make it Hack Attack”

Devraj Ray, Mortgage Strategy

“A fascinating tale”

Devraj Ray, Mortgage Strategy

“His dogged pursuit of criminal activity on Fleet street and at Scotland Yard is a devastating critique of the way we live”

Mayfair Magazine

“Bullying, blackmail, coercion, all are exposed by Davies who shows himself to be not only as tenacious as a bulldog but also a lucid and honourable writer”

Good Book Guide

“Astonishing account of the scandal that engulfed Britain (and Rupert Murdoch) in 2011… It's a reminder of the power of investigative journalism (even when it is investigating itself) to reshape politics and history.”

Tom Ward, Esquire

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