The instant New York Times bestseller.
"An instant classic of investigative journalism...‘All the President’s Men’ for the Me Too era." — Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post
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.
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In October 2017, New York Times investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published a damning exposé of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long history of sexual abuse, intimidation, and secret payoffs. This blockbuster story not only ended Weinstein’s career, but fueled the #MeToo movement that continues to change the public conversation around sexual harassment and assault. In She Said, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists reveal the rigorous legwork it took to break the story, including pursuing leads that went all the way back to Weinstein’s early days as a concert reporter in upstate New York and slowly building trust with victims who had resolved to bury the past. Kantor and Twohey write with flawless journalistic rigor and deep compassion for the women Weinstein preyed upon. She Said offers the inside scoop on one of the 21st century’s most explosive news stories.
The dogged investigative journalism that brought down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is spotlighted in this gripping memoir. New York Times reporters Kantor (The Obamas) and Twohey recount their months-long probe, which uncovered claims that Weinstein sexually assaulted or harassed many women, from actors Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow to employees at his company; the Times expos led to formal rape charges and sparked the #MeToo movement. (Later chapters profile Christine Blasey Ford, the psychologist who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault.) The authors deliver the sordid details the seemingly innocent hotel-room meetings, the sudden demands for naked massages, and worse but focus on the reporting: stakeouts of sources, document searches, assignations with an informant, fencing matches as they wormed information out of Weinstein's flunkies, and the bullying they received from Weinstein himself, a larger-than-life figure of bluster, menace, and self-pity. Along the way, they grapple with the apparatus of secrecy protecting Weinstein the colleagues and lawyers who covered up abuses, the confidential settlements that legally silenced some accusers, and the fear of industry retaliation that kept others from speaking out. The result is a crackerjack journalistic thriller that becomes a revealing study of the culture that enables sexual misconduct.
Harvey Weinstein would still be abusing children and young adults today if not for Rose McGowan. She seized an opportunity when an article came up on her computer. When she was a child actress she was abused by Weinstein alone. She had grown into a strong young woman and had a keen understanding of what it was going to take to bring him down. She was willing to do the right thing even if she faced persecution.
The good thing is that Harvey Weinstein is no longer hurting little girls and young ladies and now he is imprisoned for life.
This is what excellence looks and reads like. The thoroughness with which this journalism has been executed, recreated here with expert story-telling and an exhibition of the evidence by which the story is framed, is so illuminating, educational, shocking, and inspirational. It’s a wonderfully narrated story that provides context, history, and emotional insight into the various individuals and instances. The story feels almost tangible in this masterful exposition on the exposés of sexual misconduct by three powerful men, as told by women, through the stories of women. Heartfelt gratitude that Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor published this book, and to the multitudes of women who bravely told their stories.