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Breaking News : Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession - Paul Barry

Breaking News

Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession

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At the age of 82, Rupert Murdoch is divorcing his third wife Wendi Deng and gearing up for the toughest challenge of his life: to hand his empire on to his children. But is this the end of the Murdoch dynasty?

Lachlan doesn't want to succeed him. James is in disgrace. And Elisabeth is not a serious contender. His grip on the group has also been weakened by scandal. His British tabloids have been caught hacking phones and bribing officials on an industrial scale. At least twenty journalists will soon face trial for hacking and corruption and could be jailed.

But Rupert thrives on crisis. He has recently split News Corp in two, doubled his fortune to US$9 billion, and is bouncing around like a man in his prime.

So can he win this one last battle and keep it all in the family?

About the Author

Paul Barry has won numerous awards for his work as a journalist, including a Walkley in 2001 for an expose on tax-dodging barristers. He is a former host of The Times and Witness on Channel Seven and is currently the host of the ABC's Media Watch. He has also been a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Telegraph.Award-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author Paul Barry studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. A journalist with BBC TV for ten years, he came to Australia in 1987 to work for the ABC's Four Corners, where one of his hardest-hitting reports was on multi-millionaire Alan Bond. This led to his first bestseller, The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond . Since then his books have dominated the bestseller lists, The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer, Going for Broke: How Bond got away with it, Rich Kids: How the Murdochs and Packers lost $950 million in One.Tel and for Allen & Unwin Who Wants to be a Billionaire? The James Packer story .

Paul Barry has won numerous awards for his work as a journalist, including a Walkley in 2001 for an expose on tax-dodging barristers. He is a former host of The Times and Witness on Channel Seven and is currently the host of the ABC's Media Watch. He has also been a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Telegraph.

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      5.0

      Fabulous read

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        Fabulous page turner that raises loads of questions on what actually happened??? Brillant read.

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        can't put down.

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          What an eye opener, great read and will get multiple reads.

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          Entertaining but biased

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            A racy sketch about a snapshot in time in the career of Rupert Murdoch. Little new information but well put together. I much preferred Paul Barry's books on Alan Bond and the Packers.

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            "[Paul Barry] has a rare talent for understanding complex narrative and unpacking them." --"Australian Financial Review"

            ISBN: 9781741759785
            ISBN-10: 1741759781
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 480
            Published: 1st October 2013
            Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN ACADEMIC
            Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.32
            Weight (kg): 0.75
            Edition Number: 1