The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 " ...more
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...more
overall, the book felt more like a newspaper history lesson than an ...more
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Few people have the vision and guts to come from very small beginnings in the business world
to 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.