Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, ...more
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Both books do not just talk about the Weinstein story. Kantor and Twohey cover the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, and Farrow covers Matt Lauer and the operations of the Black Cube investigators.(less)
“I’m sick of all the predatory scum like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Mark Halperin! They deserve to rot in hell, and I hope they do, but I’d rather not read any thing more about them!"
I understand. Believe me, I understand. But I think you should make an exception for one book, and that’s Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators. And why exactly is this book exception? In two words: Rowan Farrow. And for three good reasons.
Reason # 1. As a person, Farrow is ...more
Reading this book really gives the big picture about how Harvey was able to prey on women for such a long period of ...more
This is so well-researched, well-sourced, everything I've come to know as the standard of Ronan Farrow's reporting. But beyond that, it's such a powerful account of corporate silence and failure, complicity, of brave sources coming forward, a frankly wild look into the world of international espionage, and so much more. It is also harrowing and incredible to read what Ronan personally went through to get these stories out. Part II of ...more
I haven’t read a book faster!!
I read “She Said”, by Jodi Kantor and Meg Twohey about a month ago .....
I’ve followed the Harvey Weinstein scandal....
So I was wasn’t expecting to learn as much as we learn in “Catch and Kill”.
Ronan Farrow is the Babe Ruth hero of investigative journalism!! He nailed the truth.
“Catch and Kill”, is THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY -BEHIND THE STORY!!!
with truth’ brilliantly exposed! ...more
BOOK TRIGGER WARNING: rape and sexual assault
“Catch and kill” is a term from the tabloid world that refers to tabloids’ purchase of scandalous stories with the express intent of burying them. Ronan Farrow used the term more generally here as he detailed the accusations of abuse surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Donald Trump.* Countless people “caught and killed” to protect these men.
This book did three things very well, pulling them together to paint a complete ...more
This is a story about the Weinstein scandal, but it's also a story about the male-dominated hierarchy of NBC, which repeatedly refused to report ...more
One after another, the ...more
About as compulsive as book-form investigative journalism gets. Farrow's biggest service with this fascinating and harrowing account is to unpeel in systematic detail the multi-levels of a carefully-rigged system of attrition and protection put in place by the monster-emperors presiding over it. Control everybody with inducements and the threat of swift and irrevocable ruination and behave however you want to. Enormous bravery shown by those pushing back, all of whom, had they failed, faced ...more
This year I've found more than a few, and I feel so fortunate I got to include Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators to that list. Ronan Farrow does a superb job of relating the day-to-day frustration of his search for justice for the many women left in Harvey Weinstein's greasy wake. As well, ...more
I hung on every word. Catch and Kill is a shining example of investigative journalism. It may: lead you to reflect on power and influence, consider who it is we as a society listen to, and appreciate those who won't stop trying to get the story out there.
It also made me really frustrated and angry. I know saying that will turn some people off from this one. But listen: it's an important book. It's about so much more than ...more
At one time, Farrow was best known as the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, but he came fully out of that shadow by being one of the journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, eventually winning the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative journalism. Who would have known that the story behind the story works be even more bonkers?
In Catch and Kill, Farrow details how the story began while he was working with NBC, but once Weinstein got wind of Farrow's investigation, the higher ups ...more
I don’t think I would recommend the audio version though. On one hand, you hear some bone chillingly effective audio of Weinstein himself; on the other, you have to hear Farrow imitate everyone’s voice and accent, which is pretty awful in a lot of ways.
If you’re at all interested in the culture of abuse in Hollywood, especially the Weinstein rape and sexual assault cases, and how the media often helps protect abusers and cover up the crimes, please read this.
Farrow can write - he is far, far more than a pretty face or the son of a famous actress.
The book reads like a spy thriller, which makes the truth it relates far more damning.