Young Rupert: The Making of the Murdoch Empire


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Scribe Publications
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Walter Marsh is a journalist based in Tarntanya/Adelaide with a background in history and culture. A former editor and staff writer at The Adelaide Review and Rip It Up, his writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, and InDaily.


"Young Rupert is a scrupulously well-researched history that examines the power of the press in the 20th century and its influence on politics. Rupert Murdoch remains largely elusive, yet new research shows glimpses of a man under pressure and unable to enjoy his success. Readers interested in Australian politics and publishing will find much to satisfy here."
--Chris Saliba, Books+Publishing

"Ruthless, ambitious, a purveyor of intrigue and scandal for whom loyalty is just a pit stop on the way to a business deal, this is the young Rupert as you've never seen him before. A riveting, rollicking tale."
--Jenny Hocking, author of The Palace Letters

"From schoolboy socialist to boy publisher to mogul on the make: Young Rupert offers a revelatory glimpse of Murdoch becoming Murdoch."
--Jeff Sparrow, author of No Way But This

"Young Rupert is a vivid, revelatory portrait of a young man in a hurry. Deeply researched and sharply written, Marsh summons a vanished era to life and chronicles the intricate maneuvers and shifting character of a man whose whims and grudges have dominated, for better and worse, the media landscape for seventy years. This is an engrossing and insightful study of raw power, shameless politics, and the powers of the press."
--Patrick Mullins, author of Tiberius with a Telephone

"A fascinating account of the early days of one of the most notoriously influential men Australia has produced. Marsh skilfully brings forgotten episodes of this country's history to life, and reminds us just how important, cutthroat, and thrilling the news business can be."
--Sean Kelly, author of The Game

"There's an art to writing the journalistic yarn, and Walter Marsh has it ... Marsh sketches fine portraits ... Consistent throughout Young Rupert is Marsh's talent for research, which involves not only seeking the right sources but also using them correctly. He is careful with his conclusions, never peddling glib fantasies as facts."
--Damon Young, The Saturday Paper

"Adelaide journalist Walter Marsh's gripping new account of Rupert Murdoch's origin story is more than a biography of the mogul -- it uncovers media and political dynamics that remain powerful ... Meticulously researched ... both densely detailed and a rollicking read ... it combines detailed history, including fascinating side journeys--into Murdoch's personal reportage on outback Aboriginal communities (eye-opening in many ways), a firebrand activist's tragic-heroic trajectory, a literal fist-fight between Packer and Murdoch interests to gain control of a Sydney press--with the narrative drive of a thriller ... This is a distinguished work--essential for anyone who wants a greater understanding of Murdoch, his empire, and the contemporary history of South Australia."
--David Washington, In Review

"The breadth and depth of Marsh's research, his eye for detail and his truly exceptional storytelling brings what may have been a dry history into vivid relief."
--Kurt Johnson, The Sydney Morning Herald

"[A] perceptive account of the first 30 years of media mogul Rupert Murdoch's life ... Thoroughly reported and novelistic in detail ... this provides keen insight into the business magnate's formative years."
--Publishers Weekly

"Journalist Marsh presents meticulous reporting on the tangled fortunes of the Murdoch news business ... An authoritative ... history of the early Murdoch media empire."
--Library Journal