The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Entertaining, amusing, horrifying, informative, and page turning – this book is everything I enjoy about Jeffrey Archer’s writing.
I have to admit it took me a while to realise that I was reading a fictionalized ‘take’ on the lives of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell – their scheming and their rivalry – but what this book left me with is the overwhelming recognition that some people will do anything, climb over anyone, lie, cheat, deceive in every single way they can, to get what they want, and to out do the next person.
It is also a wake up call for today, reminding me that when I am reading ‘the media’ I’m more than likely to be eating from someone else’s menu.
Townsend (Murdoch) and Armstrong (Maxwell) are as bad as each other in this story, right to the very end of it.
Fabulous stuff. I really couldn’t put it down for long!