RUPERT MURDOCH, The Master Mogul of Fleet Street: 20 Tales from the Pages of Vanity Fair - Graydon Carter, Sarah Ellison, Bryan Burrough, James Wolcott I bought this ebook back in the thick of the phone hacking kerfuffle, telling myself I was interested in reading more about Murdoch for purely scholarly reasons. To be honest (I confess!) I did want to read the gossip, along with the business bits. It's hard to read about the Murdoch family and not see it as some sort of odd tv melodrama rather than the lives of real people. In any case, this is the sort of fodder that Vanity Fair usually has a bit of fun with, and this collection of articles has been very satisfying.I've been reading them in bits, especially when I've had time to spend in airports - it's really perfect for that sort of stop and start again type of reading. So I'm only just now - a year after I bought it - finishing up the articles.When I finally got around to reading the last of this ebook I looked it up again on Amazon and noticed that it is now sold on Amazon with "24 tales" rather than the 20 I received in this version. I have an email in to Amazon to see if I can get the updated version. I won't be terribly upset if they say no, but I will wonder what 4 articles I've missed out on.9/20/2012Within 12 hours Amazon replied and sent me the updated version. So now I have more articles on the hacking scandal. Of course this also means I have more to read/finish...Am having a great time reading a 1987 article from the era when the Fox tv network was a new creature that no one was sure would stick around long enough to succeed. And now it's just one of the other networks.11/14/2012From the article/interview by William Shawcross - Murdoch's New Life, A Candid Conversation56% in, "Murdoch: ...I think people in the media should be outsiders. I try to influence events and take part in events, but I think you must try and keep a distance from people with special interests, whether they be in business or government.Shawcross: But one way of looking at your company - and a lot of critics do this - is that you have no fixed ideology and that wherever you are you will cozy up to governments to get regulatory advantage.Murdoch: That's simply not true. I don't know where we had regulatory advantage anywhere. Give me an example.Shawcross: Well you were close to Thatcher. Murdoch: I wasn't close to Thatcher personally. I only met her a dozen times or so."And Shawcross doesn't let him off lightly, but goes on to press him on the fact that whether they met or not, they were both actively working together in many ways. Very interesting to read that in the light of recent history. ...Actually you can't read anything Murdoch says in this without thinking about what's happened in recent history.The meat of the phone hacking issue comes from the last section. From the end of the article The Dark Arts (yes, I too kept thinking Harry Potter) by Sarah Ellison:85% in... "The phone hacking scandal is in some ways a quintessentially British affair, the product of a small and inbred society in which the elites in every sector are connected with one another through ties of business, family, politics, money, and sex. The connections are hard to disentangle, and a tug on any thread is felt by all the others. But the lessons go beyond Britain. They would apply, for instance, to the United States, where many of the potential Republican nominees for president have been on the payroll of Murdoch's Fox News. They apply to any society in which relationships between the press and public servants cross a line of intimacy, and deciding where one's loyalty lies takes more than a moments thought.Out of all of the articles I'm still taken with the one on Rebekah Brooks - because her quick rise to various high positions at Murdoch papers and then to higher management is really unprecedented in many ways - especially when you learn about her background and education - or lack of it, that should qualify her for those positions anyway. It's really amazing/unreal. And that article had more information on her than others that I've read so far. (I've followed the story online in the Brit press for the last three years or so.)The last 5 articles - the ones on the phone hacking - really make me wonder when the books on this subject are going to come out. I have the sense that everyone's waiting for something to put a finale to the story - but the way the court cases look, this story could go on for a decade or so.If you're hesitant to buy the Michael Wolff biography of Murdoch? Buy this instead and you'll have more than enough of a sample of Wolff's writing to help you decide. So should Sarah Ellison's writing here - her book on the sale of the Wall Street Journal to Murdoch is on my to read list.Also for more on phone hacking you might try the Guardian ebook. The title's a bit self-laudatory, but hey, they really did break the story and then continued reporting on it when the other media ignored it.Contents: All articles are previously printed in Vanity Fair, except the IntroductionI. All in the FamilyMurdoch Blood, Murdoch Empire [July 1997] - by Sarah LyallScions in Love (Elizabeth Murdoch and Mathew Freud) [August 2001] - by Judith NewmanThe Secrets of His Succession [Dec 2008] - by Michael WolffII. Newspaperman on the MarchIn Cold Type (Murdoch Buys the Chicago Sun-Times) [May 1984] - by Gary WillsMurdoch and Me [Dec. 1996] - by Andrew NeilPaper Lions (Zucherman's Daily News Versus Murdoch's Post) [Oct. 1993] - by Edward KleinThe Gossip Behind the Gossip (An Oral History of Page Six) [Dec 2004] - by Frank DiGiacomoIII. In the Realm of the MogulFox Populi I (A Fledgling Fox Network) [Aug. 1987] - by James WolcottMighty Joe Roth (Murdoch Takes the Reins at Fox; Roth Heads for Disney) [Feb. 1993] - by Edward KleinCable Guys (Murdoch's Fox News Versus Turner's CNN) [Jan. 1997] - by Kim Masters and Bryan BurroughFox Populi II (Fox News at Full Blast) [Aug. 2001] - by James WolcottSimpson Family Values (An Oral History) [Aug. 2007] - by James OrtvedIV. New FrontiersmanMurdoch's New Life (A Candid Conversation) [Oct. 1999] - by William ShawcrossWill Success Spoil MySpace? [March 2006] - by James VeriniRupert to the Internet: It's War! [Nov. 2009] - by Michael Wolff V. Wall Street JournalistMurdoch's Private Game (Power Play for The Wall Street Journal) [Sept. 2007] - by Michael WolffTuesdays with Rupert [Oct. 2008] - by Michael WolffThe Man Who Tried to Manage Murdoch (Murdoch Plays Hardball at The Journal) [June 2010] - by Sarah EllisonTwo Men and a Newsstand (Murdoch's Journal Versus Sulzberger Times) [Oct. 2010] - by Sarah EllisonVI. The Hacking ScandalThe Dark Arts [June 2011] - by Sarah EllisonMurdoch and the Vicious Circle [Oct. 2011] - by Sarah EllisonThe Rules of Succession [Dec. 2011] - by Sarah EllisonUntangling Rebekah Brooks [Feb. 2012] - by Suzanna AndrewsMurdoch's Civil War [June 2012] - by Sarah Ellison