Catch and Kill

Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies, and A Conspiracy to Protect Predators

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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 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.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography Indie Bound #1 Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316486637
Branch Call Number: 362.88082 FA
Characteristics: xvi, 448 pages ; 25 cm

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myles_wolfe
Oct 14, 2020

Listen to the audiobook and hear actually recorded audio of Harvey Weinstein being gross :(

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redtayres
Oct 09, 2020

Far be it from me to think I have the chops to critique a book by a Pulitzer Prize winning author but... okay, I'm gonna. This book needs editing. So very many people are introduced that I instantly got lost amongst all of the names being thrown about. There was a way to make it not so, but the author did not. Still, in the end, I "got" the story being told and was surprised to learn that it wasn't the story of the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. Instead, it was the story about trying to break the story that led to Weinstein's downfall. And Matt Lauer's. If that sounds interesting to you, perhaps it will be. In a weird way, this book made me less interested in reading anything by Mr. Farrow in the future. Something to ponder.

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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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