How Rebekah Brooks flattered her way to the top

01/9/2012 | Vanity Fair

In two decades, Rebekah Brooks went from being a newspaper secretary to CEO of News International, and then fell on her sword as a phone-hacking scandal rocked Rupert Murdoch's media empire last year. Former employees and colleagues say Brooks was a charming but calculating manager who routinely used flattery, flirtation and even feigned incompetence to get her way. "She'd get you to do things. ... It was only afterwards that you realized you were manipulated," says an unidentified reporter from the defunct News of the World.

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