The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

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Baker & Taylor
The ambitions of two men--Keith Townsend, the son of a millionaire newspaper owner, and Richard Armstrong, son of an illiterate Jewish peasant, who escapes the Nazis, changes his name, and embarks on a ruthless campaign for power--collide on a global scale

Blackwell North Amer
Lubji Hoch breaks the bonds of his humble beginnings as the son of an illiterate Jewish peasant, escapes the Nazis, changes his name to Richard Armstrong, becomes a decorated officer in the British army, and ultimately finds himself in Berlin, where his sharp mind and killer instincts win him the opportunity to head up a floundering newspaper. As rival papers in the city fail in the wake of his ruthlessness, he is poised to move on to even greater things.
On the other side of the world, in Australia, Keith Townsend, son of a millionaire newspaper owner, is being groomed to follow in his father's footsteps. Private schools, an Oxford degree, and a position at a London newspaper lead him up to the time of his father's death, when he takes over the family business. His energy and brilliant strategic thinking quickly make him the leading newspaper publisher in Australia. Yet he too longs to move on to the world stage.
The Fourth Estate is the timely and compelling story of two men who, though they come from totally different backgrounds, stand face-to-face on the highest precipice, prepared to risk everything to beat each other and control the biggest media empire in the world.

Baker
& Taylor

The ambitions of two very different men--Keith Townsend, the son of a millionaire newspaper owner, and Richard Armstrong, son of an illiterate Jewish peasant, who escapes the Nazis, changes his name, and embarks on a ruthless campaign for power--collide on a global scale. 350,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1996
ISBN: 9780060175184
0060175184
Characteristics: 549 p.

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gtwidale
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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