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
Number Of Pages: 448
Available: 15th August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.6 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.8