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Breaking News

Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg. In Breaking News Alan Rusbridger offers an open, personal and agenda-setting account of how we arrived at the news world of today. 

The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and accuses anyone who criticises him of being fake. Politicians openly rubbish the views of 'so called experts', dissemble and mislead. So how do we hold those in power accountable? Fox News, Breitbart Media and the Murdoch papers peddle views not news, pushing politically motivated agendas. So, where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does it mean for democracy? And what will the future hold? 

Reflecting on his 20 years as editor of the Guardian and his experience of breaking some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the Edward Snowden revelations, phone hacking, wikileaks and the Keep in the Ground campaign, Rusbridger answers these questions and offers a stirring defence of why quality journalism matters now more than ever.

©2018 Alan Rusbridger (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd
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Fascinating, insightful and a joy.

For anyone with an interest in how our world view is shaped by the media we consume this book supplies many examples of this across the past 200 years. In addition, as a regular Guardian reader for almost 40 years, I was interested to hear how the paper evolved into its online form and has gained new audiences across the world. Even though I remember reading of the several crisis The Guardian has faced over the time I’ve been a reader (and a subscribing ‘member’ for the past few years), I was gripped by the inside accounts of these. And the narration of the book was perfect in all ways it might be evaluated.

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A gripping insight to future of the 4th Estate

A page turner in every sense. A beautiful blend of the history of journalism, his time on the regionals, as Editor of the Guardian where he oversaw some of the biggest news stories of a generation. The assessment of the challenge for journalism from "social platforms" is concise and yet honest in admitting the unknown future. One of those rare books where you don't want to stop reading and when you get to the end you are actually sad that it is over. Will be great to review his predictions/views on the future in five years and see where he was too conservative or too hopeful on what lies ahead for fact based, honest, transparent journalism.

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  • 29-03-19

Investigative Journalism vs Politics

I listened this entire Audible book on my 16 hrs drive and back to NJ in 2 days. Great book if you want to broaden your understanding on types of Journalism. From Investigative to tabloids , Environtment science, sports etc. It also gives you a current picuture of the world NEWS organization which stay afloat during socoal media google, FB era, Political influences and interferences in Journalism . Alan did very good job in narrating all the above relating with own life story when he was at Guardian.

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  • 11-03-19

Excellent

Outstanding review of historical social and political trends that have brought us to this point in time. Great job providing context for some of the most important current issues. Did not anticipate being quite so riveted. Narrator was excellent as well