Catch and Kill

Walter Stevenson
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, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer 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 family. All 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 beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics 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 movement. Both 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 culture.


Reviewed: 2019-10-24

Both brave in the reporter's actions and sick in NBC/Universal, the Weinstein group, National Enquirer et al. It makes me believe the system is far more broken than any of us would want to think. Farrow is funny and deadly serious. He's incredibly respectful of the women whose stories he tells. Comparing this to the other recent book by the shared Pulitzer Winners, they read as a study in contrasts -- the two NYTimes reporters had a news organization working with them (the way it's supposed to work) and poor Farrow and his steady producer lost their jobs at NBC simply for trying to publish a story on gross malfeasance and criminality -- a story that had been stopped on the pages of nearly every news organization for years. However, it did not stop them, even when their lives were threatened with complete upending. The people that NBC values are stars, or those who can help them in making money. They clearly do not value actual people, and it's given me a complete lack of respect for NBC outside of Rachel Maddow - who apparently was the only person willing (and able) to stand up to the people in charge. Sadly, many of those people are still in charge. And this book - more than an awful story about sexual abuse - is a book about what power truly means in America right now. 

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