Hack Attack

Hack Attack

The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught up With Rupert Murdoch

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
A definitive account of the phone-hacking scandal by the award-winning investigative journalist and author of Flat Earth News details his four-year effort to expose a retaliatory Rupert Murdoch's illegal practices.

McMillan Palgrave

The definitive book on how the News of the World phone-hacking scandal reached the highest echelons of power in the government, security, and media in the UK, from the journalist who broke the story.

At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal editor of the News of the World was caught listening to the voicemail messages of staff at Buckingham Palace. He and a private investigator were jailed, and the case was closed. But Nick Davies, special correspondent for The Guardian, knew that it didn't add up. He began to investigate, and ended up exposing a world of crime and cover-up, of fear and favor—the long shadow of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

Hack Attack is the mesmerizing story of how Davies and a small group of lawyers and politicians took on one of the most powerful men in the world—and beat him. It exposes the inner workings of the ruthless machine that was the News of the World, and of the private investigators who hacked phones, listened to live calls, sent Trojan horse emails, bribed the police, and committed burglaries to dig up tabloid scoops. Above all, it is a study of the private lives of the power elite. It paints an intimate portrait of the social network that gave Murdoch privileged access to government, and allowed him and his lieutenants to intimidate anyone who stood up to them.

Spanning the course of the investigation from Davies's contact with his first source in early 2008 to the resolution of the criminal trial in June 2014, this is the definitive record of one of the major scandals of our time, written by the journalist who was there every step of the way.

& Taylor

The definitive book on how the News of the World phone-hacking scandal reached the highest echelons of power in the government, security, and the media in the UK, from the journalist who broke the story.
"The definitive book on how the News of the World phone-hacking scandal reached the highest echelons of power in the government, security, and the media in the UK, from the journalist who broke the story"--

Publisher: New York : Faber & Faber, an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780865478817
Branch Call Number: 072.1 D288h
Characteristics: xvii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 08, 2016

This is an important book to read if you are concerned about freedom of the press, and the stifling of that voice by corporate takeover of the press by moneyed moguls. Also corporate corruption, government influenced and corrupted by money and and resulting loss of democracy due to an apathetic population. If you are concerned about the 1%'ers and their influence over our lives,...read this book.
The Epilogue is a classic statement of our times.
As the book suggests, the answer is awareness and democracy which encourages openness and transparency in industry, government. Self regulation is NOT the answer.
Be involved and don't be rolled over and your have your options hijacked in our changing times. Individuals can and do make differences. If this book teaches anything it is not to give up or slide to the dark side. Speak up.

ktkat1949 Feb 25, 2015

This is the most amazing book I have read in a long time. I started it at 5.00 p.m. and ended up finishing it at 3.00 a.m. the next morning. I simple could not put it down. The shocking details of how this newspaper ruined the lives and careers of hundreds of people over the years just for spite and sales is truly staggering. What is more sickening is how the government and its agencies who were supposedly protecting and acting in the public interest pandered to the Murdoch group. The biggest hindrance to this investigation was provided not only by the illegal activities by Murdoch employees but by the police etc who were literally being bribed to hide evidence and stop investigating. The scope of what was done is breathtaking. If you are at all interested in what the Elite can and are doing to the average person this is the book for you no matter what nationality you are.

hgeng63 Jan 22, 2015

Very clear & explanatory & well-written, but there was too much inside detail for my taste.

alexica Nov 24, 2014

"Hack Attack" is a well written story of what can happen when one person or entity controls the media. In this case, it is Rupert Murdoch who uses unethical and illegal means to essentially blackmail those in positions of influenence to do his bidding. Shocking but true. His power extended even over the Metropolitan Police, who are paid to protect the people but instead protected Murdoch. This outrage would still be going on if Murdoch's "journalists" hadn't interferred in the investigation of the murder of a little girl that inciteded the population. Close on, celebrities also came forward to protest against their own invasions of privacy by Murdoch papers. This really exposed the depths to which this billionaire mogul was willing to stoop to put a few dollars in his pocket. He literally believes he is above the law and ordinary citizens.

Nov 09, 2014

This book is outstanding, although the reader must plow through it, since it encompasses most thorough journalistic investigation - - and the nastiest of journalism is under investigation. The author sums it up perfectly: /// This neoliberalism was conceived by conservative economists and then put into effect in the early 1970s by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who tortured and murdered his political opponents in Chile and was celebrated by conservatives for the freedom of his economy. \\\ Also, his quote from Joseph Stiglitz: /// Those at the top have learned how to suck money from the rest in ways that the rest are hardly aware of. That is their true innovation. \\\


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