Hack Attack (2014)
Award-winning journalist Nick Davies spent more than six years uncovering the truth about crime at the News of the World. It was a project which eventually inflicted a crisis on some of the most powerful people in the land, exposing the inner workings of police, politicians and big business. Hack Attack is the inside story of the whole scandal.
It tells for the first time how a network of rebels – lawyers, MPs and celebrities – worked with Davies to dig and to keep digging until they had exposed the facts: how they challenged Rupert Murdoch, arguably the most powerful man in the world; how Murdoch’s company attempted to protect itself with lies and threats and money; how the police and the press regulator failed to find the truth and attacked those who were trying to expose it. And it describes the nail-biting finale as the emerging scandal threatened to ruin Murdoch’s plans to seal the biggest deal of his life.
Hack Attack blows the lid off the world of Fleet Street, Scotland Yard and Downing Street. It exposes the bullying, cheating and law-breaking which coloured life in the newsroom of the News of the World and names dozens of private investigators who worked for other national newspapers. It reconstructs the history of failure and official secrecy inside police ranks and the cynical cover-up inside Murdoch’s company. It goes inside government to reveal how Murdoch executives and journalists pressured ministers and officials for favours for themselves and for their proprietor. And, as the hacking scandal reached its devastating climax, it portrays the chaos inside Murdoch’s empire as rival factions squabbled and succumbed to panic.
Based on dozens of exclusive interviews with the private investigators, journalists, politicians, police officers and Murdoch executives who were involved, Hack Attack is the story of what happened when truth caught up with power.
An award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media. “Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.” When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street’s unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance. Visit the Flat Earth News website.
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The School Report: Why Britain’s Schools Are Failing (2000)
Guardian journalist Nick Davies spent 18 months investigating the condition of our state schools. The results were shocking. Davies dug beneath the surface issues to expose the fundamentals – the undeclared but highly successful policy to kill off our comprehensive schools; the bogus analysis of school failure used by the Department for Education and Ofsted; the fabrication of facts by Ofsted’s chief inspector; the Secretary of State’s billion-pound falsehoods about the education budget; the link between the success of private schools and the failure of state schools; graphic stories about underfunding, about the lives of truants; and an expose of how some teachers have joined children in cheating to deliver the exam results which the government demands. When this extraordinary series of revelations was published by The Guardian, it was furiously denounced both by the Prime Minister and the Education Secretary but was greeted with passionate acclaim by readers, many of them teachers. As a result of these stories, collected here as The School Report, Nick Davies was named Reporter of the Year and also became the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism. Buy The School Report from Amazon.
Dark Heart: The Shocking Truth About Hidden Britain (1998)
On a rainy autumn evening in a fairground near the centre of Nottingham, Nick Davies noticed two young boys, no more than twelve years old, and realised that while all around them people were preparing for fun, they were setting out with grim determination to do something very different. Davied befriended the boys and discovered that they were part of a network of children who were selling themselves on the streets of the city, running a nightly gauntlet of dangers – pimps, punters, the Vice Squad, disease, drugs – and yet, most mysteriously, they could not be stopped. They seemed to be drawn towards their own destruction. Propelled into a journey of discovery, Nick Davies found himself in crack houses and brothels, he befriended street gangs and drug dealers, he uncovered secret rites and rituals. Davies unravels the threads of Britain’s twisted social fabric as, following the trail of the street children through corruption and violence, he travels deeper and deeper into the country of the poor, towards the dark heart of British society. Buy Dark Heart from Amazon.
Murder on Ward Four: The Story of Bev Allitt and the Most Terrifying Crime Since the Moors Murders (1993)
It was an ordinary day on Ward Four at Grantham Hospital. Everything was calm, and the nurses were giving the children their tea when suddenly there was a crisis. A seven-week-old boy had stopped breathing. His parents ran to his side, nurses and doctors came to his aid, all of them thinking that there must be some innocent cause, all of them guessing that there was an easy solution, none of them guessing that they were witnessing the beginning of one of the most horrifying stories in the history of crime…. We take it for granted that a hospital is a safe place. We trust nurses with our lives. Murder On Ward Four traces the accelerating crisis in a hospital that became a killing ground: the series of unexplained deaths; the distraught families; the helpless staff; the detective and his hunt; the scandal as the truth dawned; the political panic that followed; and the eerie mind of the murderer with the very curious past. Written with the exclusive co-operation of key characters in the story, Murder on Ward Four is the definitive account of a crime and also a penetrating analysis of the weaknesses running through the National Health Service on which millions rely for their well-being. Buy Murder on Ward Four from Amazon.
White Lies: The True Story of Clarence Brandley, Presumed Guilty in the American South (1991)
Conroe is a town with something to hide. When a white girl is murdered in the high school, suspicion falls on the only black man near the scene, Clarence Brandley. His fight to prove his innocence becomes a struggle to expose the grim truth about the East Texas town. On one side stand the traditional defenders of the old South: the Texas Ranger with his white Stetson and silver badge; the power-mongering District Attorney; the Mayor with his cigar as thick as a swan’s neck. Facing them is an army of underdogs led by a white priest-turned-detective, a tough Texan private eye, a charismatic black community leader and a handful of attorneys who dare to stand up for justice. Pursuing the truth about the schoolgirl’s death through a maze of corruption and violence, Brandley’s supporters seek help from a bizarre cast of unlikely heroes and finally confront the racism that lurks beneath the surface of American life, hidden by the web of white lies. Buy White Lies from Amazon.