What will Happen When the Book Hits?

We should have guessed; the Vanity Fair excerpt of Michael Wolff’s book on Rupert Murdoch, The Man Who Owns the News, has generated dozens of articles, proving once again that the media is obsessed with itself.

Reuters headline is Murdoch yearns to buy New York Times; New York Magazine likes the part about Rupert’s dye job, The Aubergine-Haired Mogul and the Girl From Shandong Province (the Financial Times, which has a “People” Column, who knew?, gets all NY Posty with Do or dye for Rupert Murdoch). Most, however, ran with the revelation that Obama, Murdoch and Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes had a sit-down (e.g., Howard Kurtz in the Washington PostObama Met With Fox News Executives). That story dovetails nicely with news that Obama will appear on the O’Reilly Factor on Fox tomorrow night.

If so much news can be generated from a short excerpt, you’ve got to wonder what will happen when the book comes out in February (9/5 update; the publisher has moved the pub date to Dec. 2nd).

As we mentioned in our story yesterday, the book has not yet been reviewed by prepub sources and is not on order in any of the libraries we checked.

The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch

Michael Wolff

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (Dec 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526128
  • Audio CD: $29.95; Abridges; 5 CD’s
  • Publisher: Random House Audio (February 17, 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739381847

One Response to “What will Happen When the Book Hits?”

  1. Brock Martin Says:

    Most libraries do not order titles quite that far in advance.