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Rupert Murdoch's China Adventures: How the World's Most Powerful Media Mogul Lost a Fortune and Found a Wife Paperback – April 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804839948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804839945
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,734,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bruce Dover offers a smart read on a big bet by Mr. Murdoch that confounded him: trying to reach China's 380 million television households with Fox-style news and entertainment."—The New York Times

"A new biography of Rupert Murdoch just out in Australia and Britain wasn't set to hit these shores until July, but buzz from overseas has U.S. book retailers clamoring for an earlier release. Why all the fuss? Rupert Murdoch's China Adventures: How the World's Most Powerful Media Mogul Lost a Fortune and Found a Wife is an inside look at Murdoch's forays into China-and early courtship of wife Wendi Deng."—Fortune

"The disastrous end to Murdoch's China Adventure is a case study in how not to enter a market as complex as China and, for Murdoch's many detractors, will provide the guilty pleasure of Schadenfreude. [...] It's a good thing for Dover that Murdoch, so he claims, never reads about himself."—Shelf Awareness

"A rare insider's account of how the Chinese got the better of a businessman who usually gets what he wants."—Economist

About the Author

Bruce Dover was in charge of News Corp's business development in China from 1992 to 1998. Dover established a media consultancy in Australia in 2003 before being appointed Chief Executive of ABC TV's Australia Network in 2007.

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I'm a bit taken aback to be the first reviewer weighing in on this book, given its prominent placing in the business section of nationwide booksellers. For fans of business journalism, Bruce Dover's effort is well-worth your time.

In the Murdoch oeuvre, William Shawcross' biography Murdoch is surely the master work. Dover refers to it no less than than half a dozen times. But Dover's effort is a sterling companion piece though it can surely be read on its own as well.

We get brilliantly reported fly on the wall stuff by the man who was the chief's Biz Dev guy in China from 1992 - 1999. Not only does Dover report on Murdoch's repeated efforts to break open the China market, he's also giving you a very nuanced and informed take on the machinations of the Chinese Politburo.

The best parts are the passages about Wendi Deng. Dover, it turns out, did the initial introductions of the two, circa June 1997 - 'As an introduction, it was pretty straightforward: "Murdoch, this is Wendi Deng. Wendi is working with us in Business Development in China." Wendi...was tall, attractive, intelligent, vivacious and confident, and immediately had the Chief Executive's full attention.' And how! It gets better from there. Great stuff.

Notably, this is not the tale of an executive scorned. Dover's admiration of Murdoch is evident. Murdoch's strong work ethic (that's an understatement), direct manner, lack of airs and uncanny business sense are all noted here.
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By jim ensor on September 1, 2013
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good behind the scenes story. another view of Rupert Murdock. The Wendi Deng story is fun too. A must read.
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