Title: Catch and Kill
Authors: Farrow, Ronan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 448
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: 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. [Taken from book blurb, Little Brown Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I was surprised to find the book so hard to put down. It really is like reading a thriller or spy novel."

"It was mind-boggling to see the 'power trip' and entitlement of the wealthy."

"Immensely readable."

"The truth is laid bare with compassion for the victims."

"Farrow has a sure hand and never crosses into sentimentality."

"This book is so well-organised and presented. The author won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his New Yorker article – I can see why."

"I am so pleased I read this book - even the acknowledgements were worth reading!"

"The author does expect the reader to know who the American broadcasters are that's a bit annoying, but the pace and forward momentum of the narrative meant this was easily ignored."

"When I started this book I thought it might be short-lived in its relevance, but no, the concept of abuse of power is recognisable in all our lives."
Categories: Non fiction, Contemporary, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Journalistic reporting/media, Morals/Ethics, Political, True Crime, America, 2021 Titles


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