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Rating

10

Qualities

  • Controversial
  • Eye Opening
  • Concrete Examples

Review

Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow details how he tracked abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and dealt with media efforts to kill the story. His revelations, including horrifying narratives of harassment, are disturbing, as are the cowardice or collusion of news agencies. Weinstein used economic and political power to sabotage women and reporters. When NBC wouldn’t pursue the story, The New Yorker published it, winning Farrow a Pulitzer Prize.

About the Author

Ronan Farrow won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his reporting at The New Yorker. A former anchor and investigative reporter at NBC News, he also wrote for The Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers.

 

Harvey Weinstein’s movie company knew about his behavior and maintained funds to address his “bullying, physical abuse” and “sexual harassment.”

Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow sets the stage by telling how winners at film and television award ceremonies frequently thanked producer Harvey Weinstein – an imposing figure with a dominant personality. Weinstein gained success and power in the film industry. As the author writes, “Weinstein wheedled and menaced and bullied and didn’t take no for an answer.”

Farrow provides a brief history: Harvey and his brother Bob launched a film production studio they named Miramax for their parents Miriam and Max. Disney bought the company in the early 1990s. When that relationship soured in the 2000s, the brothers raised millions and launched the Weinstein Company. Their Oscar-winning films include The King’s Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011).


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