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The risible wizard of Oz

He's one of the most famous and successful media magnates in history. So how did Rupert Murdoch end up the subject of a biography with such a wickedly sharp sense of his ridiculousness?

By Kim Fletcher   February 2009

Image: David Shankbone

The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff (Bodley Head, £20)

Is Rupert Murdoch losing his marbles? First, perhaps under the influence of his third wife, he exhibits liberal tendencies; next he spends $5bn to buy the Wall Street Journal, ignoring the damage the deal will inflict on his own company’s share price; finally he tells his family and employees to talk to the American media writer Michael Wolff, the better to inform this book.

If he was looking for the biographical monument to which a man of…

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