The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

The Man Who Owns the News Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch The Man Who Owns the News Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

  • Title: The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
  • Author: Michael Wolff
  • ISBN: 9780385526128
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Who Owns the News Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

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    1. Too much bio not enough tell-all. Michael Wolff promises to take you into the ”Secret World of Rupert Murdoch” , a world that turns out to be far less interesting than you might expect given that Rupert is among the world’s ten or so most influential people. Certainly Rupert is part of the problem – he doesn’t say much, he works constantly and secretly running the world leaves little time for hobbies. However, most of the blame is Wolff’s. Wolff perseverates over describing Murdoch o [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book and it was certainly the best bio I've read of Rupert Murdoch (there aren't too many of them and the last one I tried was a hatchet job based around some weird political conspiracy theory, which I abandoned less than halfway through). So comparatively speaking, this bio was well researched and relatively objective. The author, Michael Wolff, nevertheless couldn't help inserting any number of his own literary theories and spins on Murdoch's story - which were in some places cu [...]

    3. It's hard to rate this book because it's a compelling read yet the writing style is utterly infuriating. The book follows Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal and uses that as a structure to dip into the past to important moments in his life. The trouble is the author writes in the present tense, even in the past and then refers to things that will happen in the future tense but which are still in the past within the book's narrative, it gets torturous. And then every now and again, he [...]

    4. While the topic of Murdoch interested me, this book is disorganized and poorly written & edited just like oh a Murdoch Tabloid story; which may indeed be the author's point.

    5. Oh dear. Double-edged sword choosing an audio abridgement of this book. On the plus side, it was all over sooner but on the negative, do you really want a dull book read by its dull author in a monotone?Nothing of any interest is revealed in this plodding, self-satisfied, so-called expose of Rupert Murdoch. One you can skip.

    6. The book has some interesting insight into Murdoch, it especially paints an interesting perspective of Murdoch as at his heart a newspaperman. From this perspective, the book does present an intersting description of the transition of the newspaper from a highly local entity with reporters largely from the working class who were in an almost white collar position (many did not have college degrees in the early years) to the post-Watergate world where journalism becomes a "respected" field full o [...]

    7. Not really much new here, despite the author interviewing Murdoch a number of times. The stuff about his family and third marriage has all been rehashed to death here in Australia, but may be newer to overseas audiences?The style kind of grated on me - this kind of gee whiz, forced flippant tone as if that's the only way to keep the reader interested in a business story. It was hard to tell what was comming from Murdoch and what Wolff was just kind of speculating on out of thin air. I did like h [...]

    8. I wanted to give this no stars. I had to give it one as a minimum. How on earth this was accepted for publication is beyond my comprehension. The book has no seeming order. it starts on the Dow Jones buyout but jumps between Rupert's early life and his early career in no order and with no correlation with its chapter headings.The author peppers the book with his own opinions. Seriously, if I wanted to read about what Michael Wolff thought about the media world, I would have bought a book named " [...]

    9. By no means has Michael Wolff given the world the definitive biography of Rupert Murdoch. Several critics, especially those in the United Kingdom, felt that he had not even written a factually adequate one, leaving out major episodes and making several major errors. Others wrote that Wolff has written an interesting book but that it never truly penetrates the "secret world" of its subtitle. But like the tabloid newspapers upon which Murdoch built his empire, The Man Who Owns the News offers so m [...]

    10. While there were moments that I found this book entertaining, I don't mind saying that Michael Wolff's writing in general drives me crazy. Though he insists he interviewed boatloads of people, including Murdoch many many times, much of the book comes down to Wolff simply imaging what may or may not have been going through people's minds. He lays out possible scenarios, then suggests others, but offers no firm thoughts on why people actually did what they did. It seemed much of this could have be [...]

    11. Fascinating book about the man who owns most of the news media, News Corp including Wall Street Journal, MySpace, Fox News and more. The author had unprecedented access to Rupert Murdoch and his mother and family. It attempts to make him a vulnerable character, a man who attempts to appease his father and loves newspapers to the extent of jeopardizing his family relationships. Married three times, he is an overbearing father who pushes his children to work in his business only. Parts of this boo [...]

    12. This one was ok, good to learn a little more about Rupert Murdoch as a person but it didn't really get very inside his world. If you're researching media companies though it's good to have some perspective and background and this book definitely adds to that. One of the statements in the book is about Rupert not thinking of businesses as just a balance sheet. He thought of them as a balance sheet + their ability to give him influence. This drove decisions that were unprofitable and decisions tha [...]

    13. 'The hard writerly chore of trying to imagine a soul where none may exist has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, Wolff is a shrewd and dazzling writer who has engaged in media ownership himself. He projects his own ego and values on to his inarticulate hero, and his book contains many excellent insights into how business works, how newspapers work, and how the New York elite works.'Read the full review, "Murdoch Exposed," on our website:theamericanconservative

    14. my favorite quote/story from the book is this: meeting with murdoch, his sons, and tony blair. "murdoch gives his usual, and deeply felt, defense of israel, and James, from across the dinner table, told his father that he was "fucking talking nonsense." murdoch went on, saying that he failed to understand the palestinian complaints, and james replied, "they were kicked out of their fucking homes and had nowhere to fucking live."overall, the book felt more like a newspaper history lesson than an [...]

    15. A good read particularly for anyone interested in media and investment banking. A biography of Murdoch organized around his takeover of the Wall Street Journal. That organizational made the narrative a little disjointed. Read more like an extended magazine article than the narrative of a book length biography. Did like Michael Wolff's insights on media and Murdoch and was a little put off on his insights on banking and business but that is nor surprise. Looking forward to reading his most recent [...]

    16. I only read about half of this book before the library demanded it back due to being reserved by another patron. I probably could have finished it on time but it was not managing to keep me interested. The subject material is so interesting, yet the book was very dry, and the shifting back and forth in time line didn't work for me at all. I would rather have read more about Murdoch himself and less about the former owners of Dow Jones.

    17. A great book on the man who may be the most important person in the News World.Few people have the vision and guts to come from very small beginnings in the business worldto conquer an industry (news) in Multiple countries and effectively covering the whole world: from the Far East, across Europe and the U.S. In both Print and TV. Just a fascinating story that is continuing today. The October Vanity Fair Magazine is covering the latest on the War with the NYTimes.

    18. Another Audible book which I listened to on traveling to and from New York this weekend. I was fascinated. Wolff organizes the narrative around Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal with flashbacks to the key moments of his career that lead up to the present. They guy has guts and instincts for what is coming, and boy is he one bold dude. I hate is politics but I can't help but admiring him.

    19. Potentially interesting subject but the author's ego looms larger than that of his subjects. Wolff has so many opinions that Rupert and co barely get a word in edgeways. I quit at page 66 when he said that the Daily Mail is arguably the UKs most influential paper. Complete tosh but made me laugh out loud.

    20. Mainly a bio focusing 60% on his business dealings and 40% on his family. He is presented as a hard driven, laser-focused workaholic with a thoroughly dysfunctional family. The writing format is choppy and jumps around too much. Does let you know you need to be the biggest shark in the tank to get to the top.

    21. I was looking for a little more scoopage on Rupert Murdoch than this book dished. Regardless of your personal politics, Murdoch is fascinating (money doesn't seem to drive him) and his dogged pursuit of the WSJ is well chronicled here.

    22. I'm not sure what I find more disquieting: the subject of the book or the style it's written in. It's an informative story, and but the author's prejudices, and what appears to be his dislike for Murdoch, are driven home by the author with the grace of an Abrams tank.

    23. Would have been a far better book if it had been structured broadly chronologically with the occasional look forward to cover how things turned out As it is it jumps all overvthe place to the extent it is distracting and unnecessarily hard to follow.

    24. I went into this book wanting, and expecting to despise Murdoch. However I found myself understanding him more and while still not approving of many of his viewpoints or the fact that they are always 'advertised' in his newspapers.

    25. I put this book down, almost immediately, because I got the feeling that the author was some sort of insider in Murdoch's world, and not an objective journalist who could and would give us an honest look at Murdoch. If I want PR, I'll pick up PR.

    26. As much as I may despise the political tendencies of Rupert Murdoch, it is an undeniable fact that he is a business-savvy media mogul. I started Wolff's thus far excellent book, and Murdoch's life is as fascinating as one would imagine.

    27. This writer misses NOTHING in his retelling of the complicated mating ritual between Murdoch and the Bancroft family, from whom he purchased the Wall Street Journal. You can tell Wolff has an ear for gossip, because it takes just that kind of personality to follow this tale

    28. What am amazing portrayal of Murdoch's take over of the Dow Jones. Wolff did not waste the gift he was given to be able to interview Murdoch and his associates directly. AMAZING read!

    29. A should-read biograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.

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