Tly exposedReads like a suspense spy novel Full exposurepowerful and explosive 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 about themI 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 reasonsReason 1 As a person Farrow is uniuely suited to understand the effects of sexual predation on families of both predators and victims and what it is like to live a life clouded by innuendo Ronan s putative father film director Woody Allen has been accused of molesting his sister Dylan it is clear Ronan still feels guilt for not being constant in her defense and he has been followed all his life by the rumor that he is the biological son of Frank Sinatra Farrow only alludes to this rumor in passing and declines to offer an opinion but I must admit that to my eyes he looks a great deal like Ol Blue Eyes himselfReason 2 As a journalist Farrow found himself in a uniue position when he tried to tell the Harvey Weinstein story for he began at exactly the right time in exactly the wrong place In the climate ushered in by the Cosby criminal trial and primed by Access Hollywood s Trump tape Weinstein s many accusers intimidated and frightened by the producer s power and viciousness are finally on the verge of disclosing their stories Farrow discovers who they are and gradually persuades them to tell their stories in a groundbreaking piece of investigative TV journalism But his piece never gets on the air Why not Farrow works for NBC a network too intimidated by Weinstein and too worried about their very own predator Matt Lauer to let Farrow go ahead with his scoop Farrow parts ways with the network eventually presenting his exclusive material in a magazine piece in The New Yorker on the 10th of October But not before The New York Times gets the scoop breaking the Weinstein scandal of October 5thBecause of this Catch and Kill is a story about much than the Weinstein scandal It is the story of how a major network in a score of ways puts obstacles in the path of a journalist who wishes to tell a controversial story a tepid show of support here a canceled meeting there an unscheduled conference with network lawyers a sudden interest in all those wonderful stories that the journalist could be telling instead The result is a damning portrait of good journalism uashed by spineless NBC executives and their calculating Comcast overlords Nobody with any degree of power comes off smelling like a roseOh I forgot about the spies I should mention the spies Weinstein hires a private Israeli firm with operatives that used to work for Mossad And then there is the most disgusting spy of all lawyer Lisa Bloom daughter of Gloria Allred heroic defender of abused women and secret spy for Harvey WeinsteinThen there is Reason 3 Ronan Farrow is a fine writer He can tell a complicated story in crisp often self deprecatory fashion and he can also summon up some first class rhetoric when he has toI ll let you find the first class rhetoric for yourself and instead end with an example of an efficiently told anecdote Ronan calls his partner and later fiancee Jonathan to tell him The New York Times has scooped him on the story The Times is running I said Okay he said a little impatiently You new they might It s good it s breaking I said it s just All these months This whole year And now I have no job I was losing it actually starting to cry i swung too wide I gambled too much And maybe I won t even have a story at the end of it And I m letting down all these women Calm down Jonathan shouted snapping me out of it All that s happening right now is you haven t slept or eaten in two weeks A horn sounded outside Are you in a cab he asked Uh huh I sniffledOh my God We are going to talk about this but first you are going to tip that driver really well 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 (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) keep up with the news and read reporting regularly but this really allows for a accessible way tonow find out about those same stories I also really enjoy getting detail and break down about the process of covering these stories and I think that was especially important here because of the implications of NBC trying to sit on the story and its broader tie back into the constant concealing of these stories Also Ronan Farrow is just really likable and I really enjoyed the transparency about his own experiences with his sister and they way he had initially asked her to stop speaking about it and how it eventually played into his own reporting on the issue Totally enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone Also if anyone has recommendations for other investigative reporting books I would love to get them 425 STARSFinally finished this one and I must say I m incredibly glad I chose the audio Hearing the audio clips of HW incriminating himself is both eery and satisfying There s not much that I can add to a review that hasn t already been said but this was indeed an important readlisten and I m grateful to live in a time where some of the monsters in this world are being held to the fire do i spend 30 to preorder this vote nowUpdate 111119So glad I did Stellar stellar stellar You think you already now this story but you don t This is essential readin. Tics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists evade accountability and silence victims of abuse And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movementBoth a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far reaching light on investigations that shook our cultur.
Vestigative report a gripping literary thriller a blood curdling spy novel and a razor sharp look at the unglamorous underbelly of Hollywood a closed house windows sealed against the sound curtains drawn But for me what makes this book really sing is not some shotgun marriage of genres it s the author s voice as earnest and relentless as his pursuit for the truth Farrow presses down hard on the words committing himself to the telling of the story as doggedly as he pries into all the cracks of this scandal like water pricking at a leaky hull Readers play investigative journalist right alongside Farrow as he follows every new lead with the focused air of a hound following an animal trail and that imbues the book with a een urgency that s simply magneticJournalists like Farrow offer up their ability to speak to better serve the voices of others but this is a tale born out of years worth of held breath finally expelled of strong resonant voices feeding one another Women sick of holding themselves in careful painful suspension standing defiant and undefeated like the flag of a rebel army In the end the courage of women can t be stamped out And stories the big ones the true ones can be caught but never John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, killedo fi blog twitter tumblr I think that it doesn t matter if you re a well nown 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 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 subseuent NBC scandal before reading Catch and Kill but apparently notThis is an unputdownable book about some astounding and incredibly brave investigative journalism People are going around saying Catch and Kill reads like a thriller and it does but that is partly because this story is so jaw droppingly outrageous that it feels surely like it must be a dramatic work of fiction Spies double agents secret foreign agencies working to bury stories well I guess there s a reason we say You can t make this shit upCatch and Kill is predominantly Ronan Farrow s journey to uncovering and making the public aware of Harvey Weinstein s decades of predatory sexual assault and harassment against the women he worked with He follows this with a look at how Weinstein wasn t an isolated case but one of many offenders in an industry where men were abusing their power and using it to silence their victims with NDAs and payoffs The man is not a saint Trust me there is no love lost between us But he isn t guilty of anything worse than what a million other men in this business do I feel like I ve read a lot about the case but this book really highlights the depth of Weinstein s hold on the film industry It is genuinely frightening As if it isn t difficult enough to report sexual assault this went way beyond that Women did report it They reported it and then were bullied and coerced into signing NDAs Many careers were ruined Because this didn t merely reuire the reporting of sexual assault but the takedown of a terrifyingly powerful oligarch and a network of secret intelligenceIt really is uite an outrageous story The amount of people who were working as double agents and attempting to cover up Weinstein s crimes is sickening This guy seemed to be friend s with everyone or at least now something about them that Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. kept them in check And there was just this assumption that Weinstein was too powerful to touch Everyone around him looked the other way and let him get away with what he was doing Inow that everybody I mean everybody in Hollywood Black Women in White America A Documentary History knows that it s happening de Caunes told me He s not even really hiding I mean the way he does it so many people are involved and see what s happening But everyone s too scared to say anything The work Ronan Farrow did here and the work done by Kantor and Twohey whose She Said I will also be reading cannot be overstated He was personally threatened and spied on and warned against this investigation but he continued to pursue it Though this book is not really about him I did appreciate the few personal insights he gave us into his own life and the way this story consumed him He seemed to genuinely care about the women he spoke with and respect their boundaries I also liked how Farrow made his sources on everything clear always saying when something supporting his case was just hearsay or opinion Lack of this was an issue for me with Wolff s Fire and Fury I felt like he made a lot of claims and it was unclear how he could have possiblynown that Farrow s approach shows a lot journalistic integrity in my opinionAmazing journalism aside Catch and Kill looks poised to be a crowd favourite even for those who don t usually read non fiction It does feel like a traditional detective game of cat and mouse one in which the pursuer at times becomes the pursued and doesn t now who he can trust It is so fast paced and impossible to look away from that every couple of chapters I would have to shake my head and remind myself it really happened And that we got the bastardContains some graphic descriptions of rapeFacebook Instagram Farrow wrote the ultimate can t stop reading bookI haven t read a book fasterI read She Said by Jodi Kantor and Meg Twohey about a month agoI ve followed the Harvey Weinstein scandalSo 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 STORYShockingcreepyinfuriatingwith truth brillian. Ser to the truth shadowy operatives from high priced lawyers to elite war hardened spies mounted a secret campaign of intimidation threatening his career following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own familyAll the while Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain until now And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyondThis is the untold story of the exotic tac.
There are two ways to view the MeToo movement Well two views I ll even recognizeIn 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 accountableIn the complex and horrific view these men are all related They formed a network of power and manipulation that ept women and victims uiet and they were able to do what they wanted because they were willing to help each other do soIf you read this book it s impossible to look at the movement from the first perspective any longerRonan Farrow was trying to write the story of a rich and powerful rapist who used that power to silence his victims and the sexual harassers Farrow worked for did their part to silence Farrow tooReading about Farrow s tirelessness in telling this horrible and winding story is incredible and for that reason alone I recommend this bookSome parts dragged than others The first article the one that broke the story is published around the halfway point and the second half swerved into tangents and progressed in fits and startsOverall reading this could feel like reading a screenplay or generously watching a movie It s already set up that way There are moments of comic relief especially through the amusing and tested significant other trope there s a spy aspect the plot is constructed in a series of significant moments that come back later onOddly this book feels it would do better as a movie I guess that does make a sort of sense This is a Hollywood story after allBottom line Thank god for Ronan Farrow but importantly thank god for the bravery of women this is so brilliantly written it makes me want to screamoverall 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 November 2019In Ronan I trust basically August 2019Ronan Farrow has a new book you say Excuse me while I search under the sofa for spare change because I must have it 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 shoved togetherFrom the moment you read the novel s ominous prologue Catch and Kill has already held you in the thrall of its dark unnerving and for readers at times emotionally taxing world It s an apt beginning for what follows a taut plot full of manipulation blackmail corruption and cover ups crisscrossing ugly threads that run all night long through my dreamsCatch and Kill is a fast paced hackles raising story that focuses its beam on victims of assault and the silence they are often coerced into sueezing them like a tight collar It also ambitiously targets a frighteningly wide cover up culture enshrined in legal practices and sets of agreements and payoffs meticulously designed to bind women into submissionFarrow s investigation began in early 2017 The MeToo movement was smoldering catching fire in some places doused with water in others A series of crypted tweets by actress Rose McGowan alluding to rape accusations by Harvey Weinstein will eventually ignite a powder Le guide Ornitho keg that will lead to many skeletons tumbling out of the closet Farrow finds himself in a crystalline devastating landscape that he has to navigate in bare feet pushing through an untold litany of horrors It s an impossible story Janice Min the former Hollywood Reporter editor tells him it s the white whale of journalism But Farrow who had once rigorously discouraged his sister against reclaiming her accusations against their father Woody Allen is nothing but determined and throughout his investigation he comes to understand eveneenly the cruciality of the truth no matter how corrosive it may be the necessary overthrow of everything that had felt codified but broken for so longCatch and Fire is a spine chilling illustration of what angry men in power can do when denied something they felt they are owed and the extreme tools they have at their disposal when they are bent on smothering the truth These stories are so common that they are no longer shocking in any meaningful sense It s a despicable open secret says journalist Jennifer Senior But reading this book I couldn t fathom the scope of it I couldn t understand so profoundly my brain skittered skipped backed up Actress Nestor s words echoed through my mind throughout like the tolling of a bell Is this the way the world works That men get away with this There were many forces throughout Farrow s investigation that wanted these stories to evaporate like spilled water at high noon It was like a great chain of obstruction Weinstein at the top and just behind is NBC who despite irrefutable evidence will attempt to swat away the story as though it was of no conseuence than a broken streetlight This eventually prompts Farrow to take his story to the New Yorker s doors feeling the ind of defeat that is tantamount to a loss of greater faith What did it say about the gulf between the powerful and the powerless that wealthy individuals could intimidate surveil and conceal on such a vast scale Catch and Kill is uite the remarkable achievement and I m still marveling at how it manages to be many books at once an in. In this instant New York Times bestselling 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 costIn 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 protected by fear wealth and a conspiracy of silence As Farrow drew clo.
Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award among other honors He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal t