Synopsis from Little, Brown, and Company:
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.
About: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators is written by Ronan Farrow. It was recently published on 10/15/2019 by Little, Brown, and Company, an imprint of Hachette Books, hardcover, 448 pages. The genres are true crimes, nonfiction, and politics. According to the publisher’s website, “Our Vision: To be the #1 destination for authors, agents, customers, client publishers, and employees. To be a respected publisher that values diversity, nurtures talent, rewards success, and honors its responsibilities. To be market focused in all we do, and to lead change in popular culture. To anticipate change, foster creativity, and encourage risk-taking and innovation.” Please see below for more Information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators on 12/10/2019 and finished it on 12/17/2019. This book is a fantastic read! A great recap to all of the snippets of naughty men in the media that I saw. I’m surprised to learn of the author’s background in this book. I rarely watched TV these past 5-10 years so I picked up this book based on the title and not the author. It’s interesting how famous actresses and top executives (men) in the media tip toe around the men like Weinstein. I used to think famous actresses are powerful too but it makes sense because movie mogul like Weinstein has the power to end their career no matter how famous they are. I feel frustrated with Ronan’s bosses as I read his dead end attempts to air his investigations. The story is very detailed and lengthy and to be honest, I had to take a break by mid point. This book changed my perception of celebrity kids. I always thought a son or daughter of an actress will grow up to be an actor but this author prove me wrong!
This book started with a prologue following two private investigators, Roman and Igor, having a meeting and discussing about their new client. Then the story begins with the author, told in first person point of view having a chat with McHugh, a TV veteran about their investigative shows on sexual assaults. The author talks briefly about his background on his infamous producer dad and actress mom. The powerful and wealthy men in Hollywood are once again exposed and reminded of their sexual sins such as Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, etc. The way these powerful figures got away with their dirty deeds for years is jarring. There are 5 parts to this story with a prologue and an epilogue.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators is very well written. I’m glad this nonfiction book is fast paced and easy to read because I normally stay away from it for its boring technical way of presenting data. This story read like a memoir because the author wrote to say what he did. I’m happy to recognize some famous newscasters and news networks in this book from when I used to watch them more than 10 years ago. It’s definitely interesting how the author investigate into powerful people and then receive threats in return. Almost comparable to the mafias. It’s shocking to learn that there are people out there who would allow madmen to continue their bad behaviors by jeopardizing accusers who are trying to bring justice to women who have been wronged. This book expose people who think they can get away with bad deeds but also remind readers that there are brave souls out there who will put a stop to these predators, eventually. A fantastic read of behind the scenes as to how the breaking news broke out on the rich, the famous, and the bad apples. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, easy to read, Hollywood, predators, powerful figures, investigations, media
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Ronan Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honors. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, with his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Before his career in journalism, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. Farrow has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of GQ’s Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in New York. (Photo and info obtained from Little Brown’s website).