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Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

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Ronan Farrow is a prestigious American journalist who writes for the New Yorker and previously worked as an investigator at NBC News. This book won a Pulitzer prize for its investigating reporting. In 2017 while the author was working at NBC he started to hear whispers of abuse swirling around a powerful Hollywood producer – Harvey Weinstein. As Farrow and his producer investigated deeper they found themselves up against a conspiracy of silence and even intimidation. In fact I was quite shocked on how far and to what methods where used to stop the story from being told – from the use of spies to very expensive lawyers. Intimidation went even so far as to use Farrow’s on family troubles – Ronan Farrow is the son of the film director Woody Allen and his ex-wife Mia Farrow.

Though in this story it is the victims of Weinstein’s that come out as very powerful, like Rosie McGowan and others who were terrified of retaliation and their careers ending if they spoke out.  This is a very in depth book and at times can be quite complex, particularly for a UK audience but it is well written and a very current story which of course sparked the #MeToo movement.


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