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A meticulously researched look at the media business also functions as a dual biography, delving deeply into the personal and professional lives of these two outsize figures, their fierce competition, and their enormous effect on American daily life. Read by Scott Brick.
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What do Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch want out of life? Apart from the usual pleasures--love, fortune, good health--they apparently want to control the world's media. And, to judge by this account, each wants the other's head on a platter.
"In another time, they might have dueled on a grassy plain with muskets, or faced each other at high noon at opposite ends of a dusty street, holsters slung low on their hips," writes media/entertainment pundit Hack. Turner and Murdoch have chosen to fight it out, with undisguised venom, in a singularly public venue--Turner through CNN and other networks, Murdoch through Sky and Fox TV, plus a host of magazines and newspapers. Turner espouses liberal views while Murdoch is a hard-line conservative, but both are supreme "controllers of information" and "manipulators of public opinion," according to Hack. Their fight has cost billions of dollars, and it's wounded more than a few bystanders. It has also, as Hack rightly notes, set the tone for the contemporary press, for the worse, sacrificing journalistic integrity in the interest of two "competing political agendas ... until there is one."
Balanced, for the most part, if only because Hack seems to have little affection for either of his subjects, Clash of the Titans is a readable account of a private war between prideful tycoons with long memories. Media buffs will find much of interest in this portrait of "colliding storm fronts," both of whose reach extends far and wide. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Author:
Richard Hack has been an investigative author for over 20 years,most recently authoring Hughes: the ultimate inside story of Howard Hughes. Those film rights have been sold to Castle Rock Entertainment, which is filming with Jim Carrey playing Hughes. Hack has also written biographies of the Jackson family, and billionaire businessman, Ron Perelman.
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Book Description New Millenium Audio, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1590072405