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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

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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, p
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Hardcover, 608 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Margaret Sullivan They do cover different ground. I mentioned this in my review: Kantor and Twohey had the New York TImes backing them up. A lot of Farrow's story is ju…moreThey do cover different ground. I mentioned this in my review: Kantor and Twohey had the New York TImes backing them up. A lot of Farrow's story is just being thwarted by NBC in trying to report the story. There is some overlap but generally they are complementary. Both very much worth reading.

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)
David I am listening to it right now. I normally try to avoid author narrated books, Ronan Farrow does an incredible job. Draws some interesting parallels H…moreI am listening to it right now. I normally try to avoid author narrated books, Ronan Farrow does an incredible job. Draws some interesting parallels HW and WA. Hearing it from one who grew up in that environment was bone chilling. (less)

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Emily May
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
“I think that it doesn’t matter if you’re a well-known actress, it doesn’t matter if you’re twenty or if you’re forty, it doesn’t matter if you report or if you don’t, because we are not believed. We are more than not believed—we are berated and criticized and blamed.”

Wow, I thought I’d 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 in
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Lea
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
You think you already know this story, but you don’t. This is essential reading.
chai ♡
find this review & others on my blog

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 can’t 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 shove
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Always Pouting
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so good, between this and Bad Blood I feel like I'm really getting into books about investigative reporting. Like a lot of times it feels pretty overwhelming trying to keep up with the news and read reporting regularly but this really allows for a more accessible way to know find out about those same stories. I also really enjoy getting more detail and break down about the process of covering these stories, and I think that was especially important here because of the implications of NB ...more
Cas
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
do i spend $30 to preorder this vote now

Update— 11/11/19

So glad I did. Stellar, stellar, stellar.
Bill Kerwin
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-c-amer

“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 an exception? In two words: Ronan Farrow. And for three good reasons.

Reason # 1. As a person, Farrow is uni
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Rebecca Crunden
November 2019

In Ronan I trust, basically.

August 2019

Ronan Farrow has a new book, you say?

Excuse me while I search under the sofa for spare change because I must have it.

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Chelsea Humphrey
4.25 STARS

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.
Elyse  Walters
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farrow wrote the ultimate
‘can’t-stop-reading’, book!!!
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 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!!!

Shocking...creepy...infuriating ....
with truth’ brilliantly exposed!

Read
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emma
There are two ways to view the #MeToo movement. (Well, two views I’ll even recognize.)

In the simpler, less brain-destroying analysis, #MeToo revealed the grossness of many separate men. It was an effective means of empowering victims to speak about unrelated experiences and to hold unrelated men accountable.

In the more complex and horrific view, these men are all related. They formed a network of power and manipulation that kept women and victims quiet, and they were able to do what they wanted
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Barbara
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars

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

Weinst
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Julie Ehlers
Move over, Bad Blood —I've got a new favorite nonfiction read for 2019. The important story Catch and Kill tells—of Harvey Weinstein's horrifying behavior and its decades-long cover-up—is disturbing in the extreme. Fortunately, it's also compellingly written by Ronan Farrow, who even manages to scrounge up a few moments of humor from his own experiences of being threatened and spied on in the course of his work. Exhaustively detailed and impressively current, Catch and Kill is one of those bo ...more
Dr Appu Sasidharan
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catch and kill is a clandestine method used by the media to prevent an individual, revealing information which might be damaging to someone.

Me Too movement
This book is not something a young lightweight with a famous name (Ronan's parents are Mia Farrow (Hollywood actress) and Woody Allen (Hollywood director)), looking for something to do because his contract lasted more than his unsuccessful TV show as Rich McHugh (a former NBC News producer) said. This book is something about the events t
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Katie B
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's absolutely insane this book seems like it is the plot of a spy movie or something but yet this is real life. This stuff actually happened. And what is infuriating is what horrible things are going on right now that we haven't even heard about yet? I applaud the bravery of the people who were willing to come forward and speak out as well as the journalists including Ronan Farrow who kept on digging for the truth. And my heart goes out to the victims who remain silent, because this book clear ...more
Michael
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, recs
Fast paced and breathtaking, Catch and Kill recounts the harrowing story behind Farrow’s 2017 reporting on Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker. In thrilling detail the writer traces how he launched his investigation into the film executive's sexual violence at NBC News, only to be met with intense pushback from executives and outside agitators affiliated with Weinstein, forcing him to take his reporting to Condé Nast. He outlines step by step the process by which he met with and interviewed wome ...more
Caroline
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Carreyrou's BAD BLOOD; those wanting the inside story
***NO SPOILERS***

“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 s
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Nev
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
It’s probably cliché to describe this book as seeming like a real life spy thriller… but it truly does read at times like a real life spy thriller. Catch and Kill extensively covers the behind the scenes of Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein, how he was trailed by intelligence agencies, and the tactics that were used to try and stop him from getting the story published.

Reading this book really gives the big picture about how Harvey was able to prey on women for such a long period of t
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Beverly
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Ronan Farrow does an incredible job in the writing, reporting and narrating of this story. I listened to the audio version and was really creeped out to hear the actual tape that Ambra Gutierrez, a model, made for the police of Harvey Weinstein, alternately cajoling and bullying her to go to his hotel room, so he could sexually abuse her some more. Weinstein had already assaulted her at a meeting in his office, groping her breasts and putting his hand up her skirt. She left, distraught, and went ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is a fantastic read! A great recap to all of the snippets of naughty men in the media that I saw. I'm surprised to learn of the author's background in this book. I rarely watched TV these past 5-10 years so I picked up this book based on the title and not the author. It's interesting how famous actresses and top executives (men) in the media tip toe around the men like Weinstein. I used to think famous actresses are powerful too but it makes sense because movie mogul like Weinstein has ...more
Carole
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow is the important account of human predation that opened the door to many powerful men being outed as the sexual predators they really are, Weinstein appearing to be the worst among them. I listened to the audiobook version which is read by the author, who begins the reading with a disclaimer about his parentage and sexual scandal in his own family. Mia Farrow is his mother and Woody Allen is his father. Powerful p ...more
Sonja
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this more than 5 stars if I could. What a masterpiece.

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
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Ginger
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audio
In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

((This quote isn’t in the book, but I felt it was appropriate to put it in my review. It's pretty accurate with what Ronan Farrow had to go through to get the truth published.))

I’m really enjoying books with investigative journalism!
I listened to Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou last year and I knew that I would love this one as well!

I decided to listen to the audio book of Catc
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Lucy Langford
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5****

Wow. I have A LOT of thoughts on this one. It reads like a fiction espionage novel, but the sad reality is that this was true. It also completely shocked me.

Michelle
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you dont run with this, if you dont move forward with this and expose him, you're on the wrong side of history"

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
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Thomas
Overall a fascinating and sobering account of Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein for The New Yorker in 2017. The book details various women’s experiences of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein, though it focuses more so on the journalists, lawyers, media executives, and others who contributed to silencing those women and protecting Weinstein from facing consequences for his actions. I felt dismayed knowing the overwhelming complicity of so many people who knew about Weinstein’s ...more
Antigone
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: governance
This book is not about the MeToo movement. Nor is it about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. And while Farrow's difficulties in finding a media outlet to support his reporting on predatory behavior by famous men in the workplace receives great attention, this is not the underlying subject of his account. The issue he is addressing here is a truth he builds toward throughout the many chapters of his story, and is crystalized at long last on Page 347:

One after another, the
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Donna Backshall
Every year I seek out a few political and true crime reads that I hope will be important ones, to intersperse between the escapist scifi and thrillers dominating my TBR list.

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, Ro
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Woman Reading
5 ☆ riveting & maddening

Most people have heard of Harvey Weinstein by now. After preying on women for at least 20 years, the monster has finally been caught and is now serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York.

Catch and Kill is more than just the story of how this sexual predator was finally exposed. Farrow's book also reveals how sick our society is by simultaneously shining a light on the conspiracy of silence created and maintained by powerful men. This is the cherry on top of predators'
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Elle
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, author-is-nice
Thank god Ronan Farrow works for the good guys. Operating on the right side of relentless, there’s got to be nothing worse for abusers and predators than hearing the words, “Ronan Farrow is calling for comment.” But, Catch and Kill doesn’t yet know that version of Farrow. Before his name was synonymous with the downfall of the corrupt, he was struggling to gain any traction at NBC on the story of the decade—the heinous behavior of Harvey Weinstein.

There’s really no question that Farrow is a tale
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Judith E
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
You might think you know all about the Weinstein rape charges and the “Me Too” movement because you’ve seen some news, but until you’ve read Ronan Farrow’s expose’ of the multiple coverups that took place for years to protect well known personalities and powerful CEO’s, you can’t grasp the level of manipulation, denial, and lying that took place.

I was unfamiliar with the practice of the media’s use of the catch and kill tactic to silence whistle blowers and coerce them into signing Nondisclosur
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