BOOK REVIEW: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Publisher: Little Brown &
SynopsisIn 2017, a routine network television investigation led 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. 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
Ronan Farrow spent a lot of time digging into the investigation of rumors regarding Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. What he uncovered was a man who used fear, wealth, high priced lawyers and shadow operatives to intimidate, and threaten anyone who tried to expose him. It worked on NBC who refuse to air the report despite getting the green light from their legal department.
When Ronan took the investigation somewhere else the intimidation, weaponizing of his own family drama, people following him and stalking him its amazing that Ronan continued to take a stand and fight for the women who were too scared to fight back. He gave these women who risked careers, and reputations to reveal the truth which finally broke the "boys club" and gave strength to the #metoo movement.
It seems like so many Hollywood stars fell after Weinstein's story broke loose and men stopped getting away with sexual harassment. Without this story I'm not sure this would be happening. So kudos to Ronan for hanging in there and exposing this reprehensible behavior for what it is......criminal.
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