The Man Who Owns the News:
Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
By Michael Wolff
From the author of Fire and Fury, this irresistible account offers an exclusive glimpse into a man who wields extraordinary power and influence in the media on a worldwide scale—and whose family is being groomed to carry his legacy into the future.
If Rupert Murdoch isn’t making headlines, he’s busy buying the media outlets that generate them. His News Corp. holdings—from the New York Post, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal, to name just a few—are vast, and his power is unrivaled. So what makes a man like this tick? Michael Wolff gives us the definitive answer in The Man Who Owns the News.
With unprecedented access to Rupert Murdoch himself, and his associates and family, Wolff chronicles the astonishing growth of Murdoch’s $70 billion media kingdom. In intimate detail, he probes the Murdoch family dynasty, from the battles that have threatened to destroy it to the reconciliations that seem to only make it stronger. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews, he offers accounts of the Dow Jones takeover as well as plays for Yahoo! and Newsday as they’ve never been revealed before.
About the Author
Michael Wolff has received numerous awards for his work, including two National Magazine Awards. He has been a regular columnist for Vanity Fair, New York, The Hollywood Reporter, British GQ, USA Today, and The Guardian. He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Fire and Fury, Burn Rate and The Man Who Owns the News. He lives in Manhattan and has four children.
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
Praise for Michael Wolff’s BURN RATE
“Burn Rate has a terrific feel for the crazy deals, the characters, and the clashing bicoastal cultures of the Internet.” —Deborah Stead, New York Times
“Burn Rate is the real deal: a smart, thoughtful, funny, knowing, clear-eyed, candid and altogether exhilarating insider’s chronicle of the new media business—that is, the new media ‘business.’ If there’s a more honest and entertaining book on the digital revolution, I haven’t seen it.” —Kurt Andersen, columnist at The New Yorker
“Wolff has given us the best account of both the lure and the frustration of the Internet.” —Peter Martin, Financial Times
“Burn Rate is a hilarious and frightening account of the life of an Internet startup.”
—Amy Cortese, BusinessWeek
“Wolff, a nimble writer with a knack for spotting colorful details, moves the story along at movie-of-the-week pace.” —Katie Hafner, New York Times Book Review
Rupert is all about business…..mostly.
We learn that Rupert Murdoch is not as much of a right wing ideologue as everyone gives him credit for. He has bought, created and run right wing media properties (FOX News), left wing media properties (The Village Voice) and tabloids (News of the World). Rupert is all about business and he will do anything that is “good business”. He also won’t hesitate to use his media properties to advocate positions that are positive for his businesses. That said, every once in a while Ol’ Rupe will buy something simply to satisfy his own quirky personality (The Wall Street Journal). He has the consummate media marauder longing for recognition of his success and his own brand of genius. The open secret is that “the establishment” will never really invite him to their parties and that if they did, Rupert really doesn’t want to go.
Reading this book is a lot like reading a tabloid — a guilty pleasure. The book is more gossip than history, and there are times when I tended to doubt the author’s conclusions. But no matter. This biography reads like a thriller. Love him or hate him, Murdoch has had a real impact on media. The book provides a good perspective on the current state of media circa 2009.