Today, it’s another book review and it’s a book that I think everybody is talking about or if they’re not, they’re too busy engrossed in it. It’s Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill.
I previously read She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and thought it was a brilliant read and a brilliant and forensic piece of journalism. At the same time that was published, Ronan Farrow’s book was also published and I just had to read it straight away. But first, here’s the blurb:
In a dramatic 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 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.
After reading She Said, I instantly went to my local Waterstones and got myself a copy of Catch and Kill. Along with Kantor and Twohey, Farrow won the Pulitzer Prize for his important and incredible reporting. While they are both about reporting on the Harvey Weinstein story, they are different in tone. Farrow in this takes it in a different avenue, it reads more like a spy thriller in that it grips you from the very first page right to the very end. There is a great urgency that runs throughout the book and Farrow captures that brilliantly.
I’ve really enjoyed reading more books about investigative journalism – from this to She Said, I’ve loved it and need to read more in that area more often. I can’t wait to see what Ronan does next – and there’s also now a podcast that I can’t wait to delve into.
Have you read Catch and Kill? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!