Dial M for Murdoch by Tom Watson
News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain

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Many twists in the plot are still to come. This book covers just the first, enthralling instalment. The sequels could be even more dramatic.
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Dial M for Murdoch uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and cover up, and how its exposure has changed the way we look at our politicians, our police service and our press.

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers had been hacking phones and casually destroying people’s lives for years, but it was only after a trivial report about Prince William’s knee in 2005 that detectives stumbled on a criminal conspiracy. A five-year cover-up then concealed and muddied the truth. Dial M for Murdoch gives the first connected account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Murdochs’ News Corporation went to “put the problem in a box” (in James Murdoch’s words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its political and police friends, and how it was finally exposed.

The book details the smears and threats against politicians, journalists and lawyers. It reveals the existence of brave insiders who pointed those pursuing the investigation towards pieces of secret information that cracked open the case.

By contrast, many of the main players in the book are unsavory, but by the end of it you have a clear idea of what they did. Seeing the story whole, as it is presented here for the first time, allows the character of the organisation which it portrays to emerge unmistakably. You will hardly believe it.
 

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Tom Watson lives in Chicago, IL, with his wife, daughter, and son. He also has a dog, as you could probably guess-a Labrador-Newfoundland mix. Tom wanted to name the dog Put Your Shirt On (please don't ask why), but he was outvoted by his family. The dog's name is Shadow.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Blue Rider Press. 333 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, History, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Dec 11 2012

You may think that you have heard enough about this whole business...but really, it is important. It is the one book you need to read on the subject. And it is still a live issue,

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Reviewed by John Kampfner on May 05 2012

Watson and Hickman chart in detail the political and commercial calculations that underpinned editorial decisions at NI.

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Reviewed by Peter Wilby on Apr 25 2012

Many twists in the plot are still to come. This book covers just the first, enthralling instalment. The sequels could be even more dramatic.

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Reviewed by Dan Sabbagh on Apr 19 2012

Dial M for Murdoch has few new revelations within its pages.

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