Catch and Kill

Catch and Kill

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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 hellbent 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 that could not be explained- 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 the culture.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
ISBN: 9780316422659
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc
Summary: In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers, and a cabal of powerful interests hellbent 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 that could not be explained- 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 the culture.

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maipenrai
Aug 29, 2020

Because I am a survivor no book should have been more interesting to me than the story behind the evidence leading to the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. The background was interesting, however this book is badly in need of an editor. Story after story about the same interviews, emails, surveillance, memos..... Normally a non-fiction book with as many characters as this one has a biographical reference list in the appendix. After attempting steadfastly to keep track of all the players for the first 300 pages, I had to give up and hope I was following the story correctly. There are presidents, managers, lawyers, investigators, publishers, editors and every other position you can imagine from AMI, NBC, MSNBC, AMI, Black Cube, TWC, MIRAMAX, Disney, The New Yorker... These are just the people blocking or publishing the story. Then you have all the women who were sexually assaulted and the witnesses who actually witnessed the abuse or were told. You have to read 90% of the book before it tells you what its title means. As a person who never received justice, nothing is more rewarding than the vicarious experience of the punishment of other perpetrators. Someone needed to provide a crib sheet / cast list. While I liked the result of the book, it was very disappointing to find the powerful people at NBC and NBC news were in Weinstein's pocket and blocked the original release of the story. It truly is a "bad old boys" network ( no pun intended ). Poor Harvey - he even rolled out a walker to try for sympathy. May he rot in prison forever. Kristi & Abby Tabby p.s. Ronan Farrow may have been a hero in outing Weinstein, but he failed his sister who was abused by Woody Allen.

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Bill_L
Aug 18, 2020

Brilliant! Thoroughly researched and well-written. Two stories really: one about justice catching up, via the media, with the monster Harvey Weinstein; and the other about NBC weaseling out of publishing in order to protect their own high-level predators.

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becker
Jul 05, 2020

The content and investigative process described in this book was extremely interesting, but I didn't care for the narrative style (or should I say lack of narrative). It felt like a giant info dump to me.

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LitHub
Jun 25, 2020

Although non-fiction, it reads like & has the pacing of a thriller. I sped through the pages. Fortunately, I had the benefit of hindsight in knowing that Weinstein was convicted & has been sent to jail.

While quite a bit of the story is public now & you are probably familiar w/ lots of it, the book provides so many more details. Not only is it infuriating to read about the multiple assaults & rapes, but also the pervasive culture of cover-up among the rich/powerful/political/media. For Pete's sake, there was an undercover investigative group w/ Mossad training who worked on a psy-ops & smearing campaign to discredit victims & journalists working on the story. And that's just one piece of many. Weinstein's friendships & area of influence & bribery were so vast that even the prosecutor's office (at one point) was ok looking the other way. The sheer level of complicity & cover-up is just staggering. Staggering.

I, of course, applaud the victims who have come forward to share their stories & to help pursue finding justice. I applaud Ronan Farrow & his NBC producer, Rich McHugh, for sticking with the story through threats & more, ultimately ensuring the story made it to the public. Farrow's legal background w/ his journalistic chops make him a formidable & fierce force to be reckoned with. I can only hope he continues to pursue the hard stories like this one during a long, long career.

It's pretty obvious that there are many, many more guilty parties. Many more people need to go on trial & head to jail. Weinstein's case is just the tip of the iceberg.

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MiRiAm12345
Jun 24, 2020

Catchy title, catchy concept. Investigative reporting by the son of woody Allen and Mia Farrow persuing Harvey Weinstein, evil incarnate. However, the book is tedious and meandering. Too many names dropped. Too much unnecessary detail. Maybe the author was paid by the word. I didn't have the patience to go beyond a few chapters and flip through the rest.

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maipenrai
Apr 01, 2020

Because I am a survivor no book should have been more interesting to me than the story behind the evidence leading to the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer. The background was interesting, however this book is badly in need of an editor. Story after story about the same interviews, emails, surveillance, memos..... Normally a non-fiction book with as many characters as this one has a biographical reference list in the appendix. After attempting steadfastly to keep track of all the players for the first 300 pages, I had to give up and hope I was following the story correctly. There are presidents, managers, lawyers, investigators, publishers, editors and every other position you can imagine from AMI, NBC, MSNBC, AMI, Black Cube, TWC, MIRAMAX, Disney, The New Yorker... These are just the people blocking or publishing the story. Then you have all the women who were sexually assaulted and the witnesses who actually witnessed the abuse or were told. You have to read 90% of the book before it tells you what its title means. As a person who never received justice, nothing is more rewarding than the vicarious experience of the punishment of other perpetrators. Someone needed to provide a crib sheet / cast list. While I liked the result of the book, it was very disappointing to find the powerful people at NBC and NBC news were in Weinstein's pocket and blocked the original release of the story. It truly is a "bad old boys" network ( no pun intended ). Poor Harvey - he even rolled out a walker to try for sympathy. May he rot in prison forever. Kristi & Abby Tabby p.s. Ronan Farrow may have been a hero in outing Weinstein, but he failed his sister who was abused by Woody Allen.

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SLDESLIPPE
Mar 13, 2020

This book is far more gripping and suspenseful than you'd assume from the court reports. It shows that the problem of violence against women is far bigger than the perpetrators like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, it's insulated by powerful men who abuse wealth, status and public trust to bury their crimes.

The interactions between Ronan Farrow and Jonathan, as well as Ronan Farrow and Dylan Farrow, gave the otherwise journalistic piece and beautiful touch of humanism, reminding the reader that these are real people with feelings and emotions under intense pressure and unsure of how to proceed. This has the added benefit of heightening the tension without compromising the book's integrity.

If the book has a fault, it's perhaps that it's too ambitious for its own good. There are so many players, emails, plotlines, etc., that it can be hard to keep everyone straight. This combined with the edgy, suspenseful tone may encourage the reader to rush the book, making it difficult to retain information. I don't blame Farrow for this. Considering the smear campaign in the works threatening both him and his witnesses, I think he was wise to dot every 'i', cross every 't' and generally assume that sometimes the best defense is a good offence.

LPL_LeahN Feb 11, 2020

This is what investigative reporting is all about. Ronan Farrow has definitely renewed my faith in an industry that has long been a powerful weapon of democracy and truth when wielded responsibly and without fear. He writes candidly and smartly, but in a way that doesn't talk over the head of the reader. He deserves every accolade he has received for this book, and more.

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Russ_A
Feb 08, 2020

I had a hard time rating this five stars because it’s not a fun read – or in my case, fun to listen to, since I heard the audiobook read by the author. The subject matter is awful stuff. But the story is so important it must be read and heeded. The book in excruciating detail lays out the cases of woman after woman being raped and sexually molested by serial rapists in powerful positions. The guilty men are on the political right and left – Harvey Weinstein (big Hillary contributor) and Matt Lauer (“liberal press”), AMI (the National Enquirer) and Donald Trump on the right. Perhaps more frightening is that people around them knew full well what was going on and were in a position to stop it, but turned a blind eye to protect their careers or company profits. If it were only one or two cases I might be somewhat skeptical, but the book recounts interview after interview, totaling over a hundred, and even includes the recording of Weinstein’s voice admitting to his repeated molestation of women made by one of his victims. The companies engaged in the massive witness intimidation and cover up effort include NBC, AMI, the David Boies law firm, and, of course The Weinstein Company and Miramax. Les Moonves of CBS also took a hit, although that wasn’t something Farrow uncovered, but it shows the problem is industry-wide and probably exists almost everywhere. The women who resisted the predators or reported the assaults were blackballed from the industry and usually slut-shamed with all sorts of false rumors and accusations. Don’t view this merely as sleazy tabloid stuff. This is a book about organized crime by powerful people. You may be sitting on a jury someday. You need to know that this stuff really does happen and how awful it is.

The author reads very well. There is no doubt he is a bit of a prima donna, but he not only reads with excellent dramatic technique, he also does foreign accents very well, giving life to some colorful characters like the Israeli security guys who tailed him. The book would be a better book without his repeated interjection of his love life with his boyfriend. That really did make it seem like tabloid fare and detracted from the serious journalism in it.

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Intrepid12
Feb 01, 2020

This will make a great movie, as long as Harvey Weinstein is not involved in its production — in any capacity.

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