David McKnight’s new book, Murdoch’s Politics: How One Man’s Thirst for Wealth and Power Shapes our World (Pluto, 2013) has been reviewed positively in the Irish Times this week.
In the review, (‘Moralism and the media mogul’) Conor Brady describes McKnight’s book as “part biography, part political analysis, part business story and altogether disturbing documentary.”
What McKnight has done is to assemble a multidimensional portrait, drawing skilfully on existing sources (with meticulous footnotes) and on memoirs from figures such as Andrew Neil, Woodrow Wyatt and Alastair Campbell.
Referring to the Murdoch Empire, post-phone hacking, Brady writes that “McKnight paints a deeply disturbing picture of an organisation driven by contrived polarities, half-truths and ideology-based spin.”
For the full article, go to the Irish Times site here.
How One Man’s Thirst For Wealth and Power Shapes our World
David McKnight. Foreword by Robert W. McChesney
Searching analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s impact on politics, media and culture. Includes the fallout from the Leveson inquiry.
“An anatomy and record of the reign of Murdoch which is brave and valuable. One day, when Murdoch is gone, it will help explain why so many obeyed him.” – The Guardian
“A timely and hard-hitting account of the career of the world’s first and greatest global media baron, from one of Australia’s leading academics in the field of journalism studies. A former journalist himself, McKnight’s account of the Murdoch empire should be read by all who are interested in the relationship between media and political power in our time.” – Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism, Media & Communication at Queensland University of Technology, author of News and Journalism in the UK (2009)