The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

Book - 2013
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Newspaper moguls Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend, one in Europe and the other Australia, find themselves on the verge of ruin when their ambitions collide and their profits fall.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2013, c1996
ISBN: 9781250025364
9780061092039
0061092037
Characteristics: 689 p. ; 25 cm

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cambridgedon
Oct 28, 2017

An excellent book by a master writer (though Rushdie would disagree) who knows the art of telling a story and keeping the reader engaged. Like Cain and Abel, this is one of Archer's best efforts with two well drawn out antagonists.

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janwishart
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.

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cookiebear174
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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