The stand-out, definitive book about phone-hacking, the biggest scandal of our age, told
by the man who broke the story
Award-winning journalist Nick Davies spent more than six years uncovering the truth about the crimes at the News of the World. Hack Attack is the definitive, inside story of the whole scandal.
This book tells for the first time how Davies and a network of rebel lawyers, MPs and celebrities worked tirelessly to expose the facts: how they challenged Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful men in the world; how News International attempted to protect itself with lies and threats and money; how the police and the press regulator failed to find the truth, and attacked those who were trying to expose it.
Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews with private investigators, journalists, politicians, police officers and Murdoch executives, Hack Attack blows the lid off the world of Fleet Street, Scotland Yard and Downing Street. It discloses in detail the full extent of the bullying, cheating and law-breaking in the newsroom of the News of the World, under Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson amongst others, and reconstructs the history of failure and official secrecy inside police ranks. It goes inside the corridors of power, to reveal how Murdoch’s executives and journalists pressured ministers and officials for favours for themselves and their proprietor, and uncovers the chaos inside Murdoch’s empire as the scandal reached its climax and rival factions succumbed to in-fighting and panic. It is also a thrilling account of an investigative journalist’s journey, showing us exactly how the quest unfolded, and is a shining example of the might of good journalism.
Hack Attack is the story of what happened when truth caught up with power. Ambitious, comprehensive, gripping, essential - there will be no other book like it.
About the Author
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 five books: White Lies, which uncovered a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas; Murder on Ward Four, which examined the collapse of the NHS through the murder of children by Nurse Beverly Allitt; Dark Heart, a journey through the wasteland of British poverty; School Report, revealing chaos in government education policy; and Flat Earth News, exposing falsehood and propaganda in news media.
He has three children and lives in Sussex.
"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
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 15th August 2014
Publisher: Random House
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.1 x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.76