War at the Wall Street Journal

This highly readable book combines several intriguing narratives – it is simultaneously an insider’s history of the Wall Street Journal and how it has operated over the years; a dramatic struggle by Rupert Murdoch to acquire the paper from a heterogeneous and contentious family of shareholders; and a profile of Murdoch himself in action (he is certainly one of the great “moguls” of our day). From a pedagogical standpoint, it is a classic M&A case study, vivid and fascinating. The author is generally disciplined and tells an honest story (spoiling it only with a tendentious and unconvincing final chapter carping about Murdoch’s politics).

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