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  • Published: 3 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9781741669121
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

The Man Who Owns The News




If Rupert Murdoch isn’t making headlines, he’s busy buying the media outlets that generate them.

If Rupert Murdoch isn’t making headlines, he’s busy buying the media outlets that generate them.

Murdoch's News Corp holdings - from The New York Post, Fox News, The Australian, and most recently The Wall Street Journal, to name just a few - are vast , and his power is unrivalled. 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 Murdoch himself, his associates, and family, Wolff chronicles the astonishing growth of the $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.

But Murdoch is more than a predatory and merciless deal-maker. His company does not only generate dizzying profits and growth rates. His company generates the information that forms our understanding of the world. He presides over what we read, what we watch, what we come to believe about ourselves, to an extent that is without serious parallel anywhere on earth. In the words of Michael Wolff, Murdoch 'held more power over more time than any other contemporary figure'. This is an opportunity to see and hear one of the most vivid, powerful, unusual, menacing and captivating men of the age. One of the central figures of our times.

Written in the irresistible style 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.

  • Pub date: 3 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9781741669121
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff has received numerous awards for his work, including two National Magazine Awards. He has been a regular columnist for Vanity Fair, New York, the Hollywood Reporter, GQ, USA Today and the Guardian. He is the author of six prior books, including the bestselling Burn Rate and Fire and Fury. He lives in Manhattan and has four children.

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Praise for The Man Who Owns The News

“"A smart and audacious book that's worthy of its subject… riveting… a must-read for anyone who follows media." -USA Today”

“"[A] gossipy, elliptical biography… [that] reveals the truest portrait of the inner Murdoch yet." -Slate”

“"A perceptive and atmospheric take on Mr. Murdoch and his empire." -Globe and Mail”


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