Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Fourth Estate (Jeffrey Archer)

The Fourth Estate
Jeffrey Archer

Blurb: Jeffrey Archer's magnificent new novel tells the story of the two most extraordinary men of our time, lives to which only 'the greatest storyteller of our age' (Mail on Sunday) could do justice.

At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seemed to have little in common. One was the son of an illiterate peasant, who emerged from the most backward corner of Europe ravaged by a bitter war. The other was raised in a mansion on the far side of the world while the war was just another piece of news.

One was a hustler, a thief, ready to change his story, even his identity, if it would gain him a momentary advantage. The other was the scion of a well-known family, groomed for a public role from his earliest years, a rebel who didn't care if anyone approved of what he got up to.

One craved wealth, recognition, status. The other quickly discovered that real power comes from anonymity. But they did have on thins in common. Both of them were gamblers. Both were prepared to risk everything in their battle to control the biggest newspaper empire in the world.

ISBN: 9780007848874 (Paperback)
Year: 1996
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Pages: 551 (Fiction)


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