She Said

She Said

Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite A Movement

Book - 2019
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein's treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the New York Times, his name was still synonymous with power. During months of confidential interviews with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, many disturbing and long-buried allegations were unearthed, and a web of onerous secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements was revealed. These shadowy settlements had long been used to hide sexual harassment and abuse, but with a breakthrough reporting technique Kantor and Twohey helped to expose it. But Weinstein had evaded scrutiny in the past, and he was not going down without a fight; he employed a team of high-profile lawyers, private investigators, and other allies to thwart the investigation. When Kantor and Twohey were finally able to convince some sources to go on the record, a dramatic final showdown between Weinstein and the New York Times was set in motion. Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. Within days, a veritable Pandora's box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened. Women all over the world came forward with their own traumatic stories. Over the next twelve months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry were outed following allegations of wrongdoing. But did too much change--or not enough? Those questions hung in the air months later as Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford came forward to testify that he had assaulted her decades earlier. Kantor and Twohey, who had unique access to Ford and her team, bring to light the odyssey that led her to come forward, the overwhelming forces that came to bear on her, and what happened after she shared her allegation with the world. In the tradition of great investigative journalism, She Said tells a thrilling story about the power of truth, with shocking new information from hidden sources. Kantor and Twohey describe not only the consequences of their reporting for the #MeToo movement, but the inspiring and affecting journeys of the women who spoke up--for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019
ISBN: 9780525560340
Branch Call Number: 331.4133 KAN 2019-09
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Twohey, Megan - Author


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Mar 19, 2020

I had already read "Catch and Kill" by Ronan Farrow which was stunning and I highly recommend. I wanted to read this to get detail on how Christine Blasey Ford decided to testify against Brett Kavanaugh, she was trying to do the right thing and got death threats and had to hire her own security team. I hope she is able to live in her own home right now and go to the store without being harassed.
I want to give thanks to these authors and the survivors for getting the story out and Weinstein in jail.

Mar 05, 2020

Kantor and Twohey are two of the reporters who majorly broke open the Harvey Weinstein story, after years of open secrets, settlements tied to non-disclosure agreements, and intimidation from Weinstein and his protectors. They also did a lot of the major reporting on Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, and they meticulously track their reporting process in both cases. It’s a gripping book, that despite dealing with extremely heavy material felt almost soothing? That feels weird to say, but it felt similar to me to reading The Martian, in that the book is set up around a series of problem-solving, and it was fascinating to watch them steadily approach a really complex issue with the amount of compassion they had for the survivors. But goddamn, it really is disheartening how many systems have long been in place (and for the most part still are) to allow and cover-up sexual assault, and Twohey and Kantor do a great job at explaining those systems and how they relate to the individual cases they’re reporting.

JCLMeghanF Feb 06, 2020

I could not put this book down! The account of how these two journalists, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's long history of abusive behavior is powerful and at times gut-wrenching. They champion not only victims' rights, but also the importance of journalism in holding powerful people accountable for their actions.

DBRL_ReginaF Dec 14, 2019

HOW they broke this story is pretty incredible.

Nov 05, 2019

Excellent story of investigative journalism by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the New York Times; delves into the methods used by sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein to keep his victims silent and afraid to report his crimes against them. A riveting read!

Oct 27, 2019

This is a book that will mark this point in time by the Weinstein investigations. It was not a compelling book or overly interesting in its reporting. Just a detailed and lengthy collection of data. Important, nevertheless.

Sep 30, 2019

This is an important work that should be required reading
for individuals (female and male) ,and institutions: law , journalism
Medical and business schools.
Easy to read; frustrating to understand.
Harvey Weinstein is the proverbial rot from the fish’s head.
Telling - since the story first broke 80 other women have come forward with their own stories.
The excellence in this accounting is an acknowledgment of how fast the# MeToo movement has travelled..some protesting it has not gone far enough while others -too far.
Still today the journalists acknowledge that there is a lack of process or too few clear rules.
Finally, that without such laborious and expensive journalistic attention....the voices of sexual assault victims would not be heard.

Sep 22, 2019

The "All the President's Men" of the #MeToo movement.

debwalker Sep 08, 2019

How the #metoo movement broke down decades of silence. And nailed him.

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