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.
©2008 Michael Wolff; (P)2008 Books on Tape
Non-chronological, meandering, and tedious. Read Ted Turner's instead, or Gerstner's, or Weill's. No insight into Murdoch's business style, approach, views. No real behind the scenes intrigue. Just a hatchet job on the man; none of his perspective. A real disappointment. I wish I had listened to the abridged version, though I see even it is over 6 hours long. Two would have probably been about right.
Terrific hatchet job. Entertaining and full of obscure and senseless observations of Murdochian thought and behavior. Great narration too.
This is the worse book I've heard. From the first sentence, it's is a nonstop negative portrayal of Mr. Murdoch, News Corp., WSJ, etc. It's relentless. Even if you dislike the man and company, it would be hard to listen to it without thinking that it seems more like a schoolyard rant than any serious discussion. Literally every sentence drips with negativity.
Its is probably for people who just want to hear a long, tedious rambling about how evil Murdoch is.
No, I'll still try to listen/read to some.
Yes, the narration was OK.
Most of it is not really scenes, just thoughts and assertions by the author, without any seeming knowledge. I'd leave only the story itself, which would last less than one hour.
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