Everything Rupert Murdoch is in vogue right now. Profiles in magazines, TV talking heads examining his health, Rupert Bobblehead Night – if you’ve got something about News Corp.’s man, you’ve most likely got yourself a hit. So it’s no surprise that Vanity Fair’s second e-book ever takes an in-depth look at the man.
Rupert Murdoch: The Master Mogul of Fleet Street, takes 20 selected pieces from the pages of Vanity Fair and puts them in one, tiny electronic place (it’s available on the Kindle or Nook).
Sarah Ellison, former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has a sprawling, in-depth look at Julian Assange and his relationship with The Guardian and other media entities in Vanity Fair, and it just went online. Naturally the Internet is buzzing with reviews of the piece, so instead of giving of our take (we could be bribed though – think king-size Snickers), below are a collection of views from places we like to read:
So, you’ve got a great idea for a book. You’ve done all the research, secured a publisher, and are ready to go. Now here comes the hard part: writing the damn thing.
Sarah Ellison, author of War at The Wall Street Journal, not only faced the usual writer’s block, but her manuscript and first child were due on the same day. In our Media Beat interview, Ellison told mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby what it took to finally get started.
“It’s really important at the very beginning even though you’re eager to start writing and eager to start moving on your book, it’s really important to set out an organizational structure from the get-go,” Ellison said. “And then, even if you change that along the way, you sort of know where the snippets are going from your various interviews.”
Watch the full video to get more tips from Ellison on getting through the writing process and why she almost returned her advance money.
As a journalist, you never know which assignment is going to be your big break. For Sarah Ellison, author of War at the Wall Street Journal, it was covering the newspaper beat during her day job at that very paper that eventually landed her a book deal.
“I spent the last three, four, five months that I was at the paper reporting on the story for the Wall Street Journal,” she told Laurel Touby for Media Beat. “Then people approached me about writing the book, and I thought that it was such a great story and such a kind of epic clash of cultures that it was definitely something that could be of interest beyond the pages of the newspaper.”
Watch the full video to find out what Ellison feels is the true motivation behind business journalism and whether writing such an investigative tome landed her more enemies than friends.
Now executive editor at The Washington Post, it’s always been a closely-guarded secret how much Brauchli got to walk away from his position, but the new book on the Murdoch/Bancroft saga by Sarah Ellison has finally revealed the number to be $6.4 million.
Sarah Ellison is taking an obvious gamble with her new book, War at The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. Not only is the subject matter covering almost the exact same trajectory as Wolff’s book — the Bancroft family’s selling of The Wall Street Journal to Murdoch for $60-a-share — but, according to the David Carr review of the book on today’s TimesMedia Decoder blog, it’s a much more intimate portrait of the man than the “ethereal” presence we’re used to reading about.
Does a successful book party equal book sales success? If so, then Saira Rao‘s first novel, Chambermaid, is headed for stratospheric heights. The party was a rager, with over 200 people in attendance. Held in a Fifth Avenue Park-facing apartment, it was a delightful if homogeneous mash-up of well-heeled lawyers, bankers, media — and one actor: