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- DescriptionAward-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; what News International did to protect itself; how the police and the press regulator failed to uncover the truth, and challenged 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 other book like it.
- Author BiographyNick 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 six books including White Lies and Dark Heart, and the bestselling Flat Earth News, exposing falsehood and propaganda in news media. Hack Attack is his latest book. He has three children and lives in Sussex.
- PrizesShortlisted for Orwell Prize 2015 and Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2014. Long-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014.
- Author(s)Nick Davies
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication02/04/2015
- SubjectPopular Culture & Media: General Interest
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight347 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- sturtarethebest22 Jun, 2015by
A book which tells the truth about that toad Rupert Murdoch
The only problem with this book is the sheer weight of information. I don't blame the author for this, I blame Rupert Murdoch, a greedy, horrible media mogul who seems to thinks it's his job to hire and fire governments, not to report the news. Any book which tells the truth about Murdock gets 5 stars from me - my only disappointment is that Murdoch didn't end up in the slammer with his henchmen.
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