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A scandalous story: New Rupert Murdoch book on the way

July 25, 2011 |  2:12 pm

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The phone-hacking scandal sending shock waves through Rupert Murdoch's media empire will be the subject of a new book by Guardian reporter Nick Davies, Faber and Faber announced Monday. "Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with the World's Most Powerful Man" is planned for publication in 2012 in the U.S.

Galleycat has more about the book, from the publisher's release: "On July 8, 2009, Nick Davies broke the story that Rupert Murdoch’s News International had paid £1 million to settle legal cases that threatened to lift the lid on News of the World journalists' involvement in illegal phone-hacking... The seismic shocks affecting Rupert Murdoch's international media empire and family as well as law enforcement agencies and officials and highly placed political figures are already being called the biggest political scandal in Great Britain in seventy-five years. Davies, author of the bestseller FLAT EARTH NEWS, intends to provide an authoritative account and commentary on the News International Scandal, including new revelations."

But will it include the inside story of how Murdoch's wife, Wendi, leapt to his defense when he was approached by a pie-wielding assailant during a hearing last week? Oh, never mind, it seems Newsweek's already got a breathless blow-by-blow.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng, at the Academy Awards in Feburary. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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