Hack Attack

The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch

Nick Davies

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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.

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“First in The Guardian and now in this book, the reporting of Nick Davies has revealed the insidious abuse of power—and the public trust—by the Murdoch press from the top down. The British hacking scandal is the ultimate expression of Murdoch culture run amok: corruption in the Fourth Estate as dangerous to democracy as the worst excesses of heads of state.” —Carl Bernstein “This is the book we’ve been waiting for, the thrilling and important inside story of how a single reporter came through with the truth of the hacking scandal. He exposed shameful intrusions, the years of deceit, lies, and bullying. And he did more. He revealed a rottenness at the heart of British life in the relations of press, police, and Parliament, institutions that, taken as a whole, failed the big test. Hack Attack is an indictment of the worst of journalism, but is itself an exhilarating demonstration of how the best of journalism—hard-won, honest reporting—is the lifeblood of any democracy.” —Sir Harold Evans
“Davies . . . makes Captain Ahab and Inspector Javert look like quitters.” —Jack Shafer, Slate

“Only one reporter has dogged the story from start to finish—deeply sourced among hacking victims, journalists, lawyers, police and politicians. Davies’ associates say he excels because he can comprehend the big political picture but also never forgets the vast trove of small, telling details.” —James Rainey, The Los Angeles Times

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Nick Davies

Nick Davies is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of four books, including the bestselling Flat Earth News. He has been named Reporter of the Year, Journalist of the Year, and Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards, and has won eight additional prizes for his work uncovering the phone hacking scandal. He is a special correspondent for The Guardian.

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Hack Attack
The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch
Nick Davies

Hardcover

Hardcover
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
8/12/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780865478817
ISBN10: 0865478813
6 x 9 inches, 448 pages, 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations/Appendix/Index
$27.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
8/12/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780865478824
ISBN10: 0865478821
448 pages, 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations/Appendix/Index
$12.99
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