The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

Book - 2010
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The world's most powerful newspaper barons - which of them will triumph? At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seemed to have little in common. One was the son of an illiterate peasant, who emerged from the most backward corner of a Europe ravaged by a bitter war. The other was raised in a mansion on the far side of the world while the war was just another piece of news. Once was a hustler, a thief, ready to change even his identity, if it would gain him a momentary advantage. The other was the scion of a well-known family, groomed for a public role, a rebel who didn't care if anyone approved of what he got up to. One craved wealth, recognition, status. The other quickly discovered that real power comes from anonymity. But they did have one thing in common. Both of them were gamblers. Both were prepared to risk everything in their battle to control the biggest newspaper empire in the world.
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780330419086
Branch Call Number: ARC
Characteristics: 598 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: 4th estate


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Jun 11, 2015

Clearly a fictionalized version of Rubert Murdoch and Robert Maxwells rise to fame. Good saga.

path111 Jun 20, 2014

Gripping in the beginning chapters. A boy from a poor family is mentored by a merchant to draw out his native talent in business. He is savvy enough to see the threat to his family and life and endures suffering to flee the advancing Nazi army.

On the other side of the world, a privileged boy in an elite school develops his own brand of getting ahead at any cost. Both purchase newspapers and eventually face off in competition and destruction.

What starts strong bogs down in more and more of the same. Sometimes the self serving nature of the principal two characters reveals itself in surprising ways, but for hundreds of pages it seems more and more of the same. After really enjoying "Cain and Abel", this story began at a similar pace but soon lost steam.

Mar 03, 2012

another fabulous book by Jeffrey Archer. this is about 2 guys who fight for the rights to be the guy who holds the biggest newspaper companies in the world.

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