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Read the definitive inside story of the News International Phone Hacking scandal, told by the man who exposed it.
At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal correspondent of the News of the World was caught listening in on Buckingham Palace voicemails. He was quietly sent to prison and the case was closed.
But Nick Davies felt sure there was a lot more going on.
And he was right.
Davies and a network of rebel lawyers, MPs and celebrities took on Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful men in the world, and in bringing him down they uncovered a world of crime and cover-up reaching from the newsroom to Scotland Yard and to Downing Street.
This is the story of a network of corruption rooted deep within our society, and how it was dragged into the light.
'A masterly summary of the hacking affair, as well as the ingenuity and persistence that lead to great journalism' Observer
'This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London' George Clooney
The reporter who broke Britain's phone-hacking scandal probes the media industry's corrupt nexus of power and propaganda in this searing expos . Guardian journalist Davies (Flat Earth News) recounts his investigation of the Rupert Murdoch tabloid News of the World and the illegal "dark arts" including hacking into the voice mail of celebrities, politicians, and ordinary crime victims and bribing police officers for information that it used to unearth salacious scandal stories. His narrative, studded with new revelations about Fleet Street's spying techniques, flows like a breathless thriller. Helped by secret sources with codenames like "Lola" and "Jingle," he struggles to tease out information, and is obstructed by the stonewalling News, by Scotland Yard officials with chummy relationships with the News who withheld explosive evidence of its misconduct, and by other media organizations that dismissed and attacked his reporting. Daviese paints a lurid, gossipy picture of Fleet Street, especially Murdoch's newspapers, whose rabid pursuit of sex and dirt, he argues, serves not just to sell papers but also to smear opponents and sway politics in favor of Murdoch's business interests. Davies's vision of an Orwellian media tyranny goes over the top he likens the Murdoch regime to Animal Farm's pigs-turned-oppressors but this is investigative journalism at its most riveting and provocative. Photos.