Today, it’s a review of a book that everybody is talking about the moment and for good reason, too. It’s all about She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.
This is a book that I’ve been desperate to read for some time as this book is everywhere at the moment, and for good reason because it really is an incredible book. But first, here’s the synopsis:
On 5 October 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that helped change the world.
Hollywood was talking as never before. Kantor and Twohey outmanoeuvred Harvey Weinstein, his team of defenders and private investigators, convincing some of the most famous women in the world – and some unknown ones – to go on the record.
This is how they did it.
For months ahead of the story breaking, Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees and other sources, learning of disturbing, long-buried allegations. The journalists meticulously picked their way through a web of decades-old secret payouts and non-disclosure agreements, pressed some of the most famous women in the world – and some unknown ones – to risk going on the record, and faced down Weinstein, his team of high-priced defenders, and even his private investigators.
In She Said, Kantor and Twohey relive in real-time what it took to break the story and give an up-close portrait of the forces they were up against. They describe the experiences of the women who spoke up – for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves.
Their stories have never been told in this way before.
This is a book from joint Pulitzer Prize winners Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal. This article sparked everything, opening up discussions, conversations in Hollywood but also expanding this issue of sexual abuse further from Hollywood and illustrating it in different industries in the #MeToo conversation and also their involvement in the Christine Blasey Ford case, too.
This is a book that I wanted to savour every word, every page, every sentence as I wanted to take everything in as it’s so detailed and well-written. But that didn’t happen – I raced through this book because it was such a thrilling, pacy read. This is just a brilliant piece of journalism – it’s detailed, forensic and thorough and gives you a massive insight into how they got people to speak on the record and the pressures they were under. It’s a read that will keep you gripped and hooked from the very first page to the last.
Overall, this book is one for the history books in a thorough and forensic exploration of sexual harassment that ignited a movement. Wonderfully constructed, insightful, forensic and a testament to great journalism and women’s stories being heard.
Such a wonderful and insightful read and I’m currently reading Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill – who also won the Pulitzer Prize with Kantor and Twohey so I’m excited to carry on reading on this subject. This is essential reading of our times.
Have you read She Said? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!