Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge
HarperCollins, $39.99 hb, 352 pp, 9780732297664
Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power
by David McKnight
Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 296 pp, 9781742373522
With James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch grinning smugly on its cover, Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge projects a strong message that they are indeed the company’s smiling assassins. Pamela Williams mounts a case that these scions of Australia’s traditional media families landed killer blows through their investments in Internet start-ups, which were ultimately responsible for siphoning off Fairfax’s fabled ‘rivers of gold’, aka classified advertisements for jobs, cars, and real estate.