Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.
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
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)
Maybe he has played that on his podcast - I just subscribed to it but haven't started listening yet.(less)
I think that it doesnt matter if youre a well-known actress, it doesnt matter if youre twenty or if youre forty, it doesnt matter if you report or if you dont, because we are not believed. We are more than not believedwe are berated and criticized and blamed.
Wow, I thought Id already gotten as pissed off as possible about the Harvey Weinstein case and subsequent NBC scandal before reading Catch and Kill, but apparently not.
This is an unputdownable book about some astounding and incredibly ...more
When I finished reading Catch and Kill, two completely separate emotions fought for supremacy within me: a visceral, procreative disgust buzzing loudly in my bloodstream, and a flicker of hope that felt like just enough to fit in my fists. Something else, too. Something that cant be solidified into ideas that words could even describe. Something inside me that still grinds at the thought of this book, like the sharp edges of a broken plate being ...more
Im 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 Id 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 thats Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators. And why exactly is this book an exception? In two words: Ronan Farrow. And for three good reasons.
Reason # 1. As a person, Farrow is ...more
I havent read a book faster!!
I read She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Meg Twohey about a month ago .....
Ive followed the Harvey Weinstein scandal....
So I wasnt 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!
Reads like a ...more
Finally finished this one, and I must say I'm incredibly glad I chose the audio. Hearing the audio clips of H.W. incriminating himself is both eery and satisfying. There's not much more that I can add to a review that hasn't already been said, but this was indeed an important read/listen, and I'm grateful to live in a time where some of the monsters in this world are being held to the fire.
When film producer Harvey Weinstein leans into his walker and hobbles into the courthouse - where he's being tried for predatory sexual assault - it's hard to picture the former Hollywood mogul chasing terrified young women around hotel rooms and raping them.
Disgraced Harvey Weinstein entering the courthouse (2020)
Yet the burly producer has a well-known reputation for victimizing women - getting them alone and forcing himself on them.
Harvey Weinstein when he was a Hollywood mogul
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 does three things very well, pulling them together to paint a complete picture of what, exactly, happened behind the ...more
remembering that helps.
review to come / 4.5 stars
this is so brilliantly written it makes me want to scream.
overall there's a lot of repressed screaming going on
can't wait to try to speed read this 450-page book about the darkest stuff imaginable and ruin my own life
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
As a rule non fiction makes me run fast in the opposite direction, I find them dry and I fail to see what benefit there is in reading them as opposed to skimming a wikipedia page however a few friends were raving about this book so in i dove.
Firstly i had no idea who Ronan Farrow was so that was eye opening to read he is Woody Allen's son however this is his account of the lengths ...more
One after another, the ...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 in 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 was unfamiliar with the practice of the medias use of the catch and kill tactic to silence whistle blowers and coerce them into signing Nondisclosure ...more
What was especially interesting to read about was how much NBC tried to shut down Ronan's work, in part because ...more
You know, the press is as much part of our democracy as Congress or the executive branch or the judicial branch. It has to keep things in check. And when the powerful control the press, or make the press useless, if the people cant trust the press, the people lose. And the powerful can do what they want.
Catch and Kill is about Ronan Farrow and his investigative journalism work on Harvey Weinstein while he worked in NBC. While he was investigating, Farrow unearthed harrowing ...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