Written in a riveting, fact based manner I couldn t put it down A must read for anyone who is a woman or knows a woman. Excellent I read it in one sitting Ultimately it was unbelievable, all too real, enraging, and hopeful Highly recommended for those who have been following the metoo movement. 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 , 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 MotionNothing Could Have Prepared Kantor And Twohey For What Followed The Publication Of Their Initial Weinstein Story On October , 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 WorldIn 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 Highly recommend Nothing I like better than a good investigative reporting story, especially about a topic I follow fairly closely I tore through this The writing was very good, both in clarity and structure A must read for anyone interested in Me Too or journalism WaPo called it an instant classic of investigative journalism and they are not wrong Content warnings for discussions of sexual assault and harassment NY Times journalists Jodi Megan hereafter J M spent 3 years investigating movie producer Harvey Weinstein s sexual harassment, alleged rape and threats against actresses and employees HW his younger brother Bob managed Miramax award winning film studio Weinstein C0 J M tracked HW s exploits to 1990 and even further backward The authors tracked 8 12 women who were pd off forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement NDA The authors concluded the NDA made money for the victim her atty but did not make HW s negative illegal behavior toward women go away IMO Bob perpetuated HW s illegal behavior through Bob s inaction The authors also explored scientist Christine Blasey Ford s accusation against federal judge Supreme Ct nominee Brett Kavanaugh Reportedly he intended to rape her when they both were teens at a party, which offered too much alcohol and no adults IMO Dr.Ford s attys were not entirely honest with her about their stategy how the Senate Judiciary Committee SJC would treat her Anita Hill testified against SCOTUS nominee Clarence Thomas 27 yrs prior In the inter vening yrs the SJC seemed to have no set protocol on witnessess, evidence or timeframes Shame on the SJC, which contained many former state federal prosecutors The authors also discussed women pressured for sex by supervisors in lower paying jobs Some of these women were fired, black balled in the industry or became homeless. Just days before the Times published the October 2017 article that would change the world, Harvey Weinstein was reported lying to a magazine saying he knew nothing about the allegations he d known for months and was deeply involved He also said something ironically very true that this story would make a great movie It would It really is like an All the President s Men for the 21st Century.It s amazing how the story pans out, what unbelievable things come to the surface, the relentless journalistic grind to get to the truth The bulk of the book looks at all the work leading up to the Weinstein revelations, then changes tack to recover the full story behind Christine Blasey Ford s accusation against Brett Kavanaugh who, by the way, is now facing fresh accusations for sexual assault It s a testament to bravery to follow Ford as she wrestles with the life changing decision to speak up against a nominee for the Supreme Court, especially at the thought of attracting the ire of the Republicans, incels and general mysognists, not to mention the narcissist in chief himself.The whole book is just an absolute marvel of what it means to do journalism The concluding chapter really brought everything together with a powerful final message from a gathering of twelve women, mainly high profile victims who featured throughout the cases, including the two authors, to listen to one another s stories and how they felt about speaking out and how important and transformative it was for them.I d recommend reading this book very much It feels very current and it makes you wonder where things will go from here, now that and women are in the public eye speaking truth to power, and holding those responsible to account. Well researched Thought provoking Eye opening I may need a little time to digest but the clearest thing I am taking away from the book is the BRAVERY of the women who came forward and faced the backlash. I will not presume to be in any way capable of reviewing this brilliant book because it s an extremely well written true account of the investigation and brings to light some systemic truths that we probably are well aware of, but haven t seen discussed openly a lot Instead, I think I ll just share how I felt while reading it.I ve only lived in the US for less than a decade now and while I have a seen a Hollywood movie or two since childhood, I ve never been much knowledgeable about the industry or its major players So, when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out, all the names associated with it didn t mean anything to me The significance for me was mostly about the movement it created and the outpouring of stories we got to hear after that It reinforced the fact that sexual harassment is rampant in the world, regardless of the industry or field you are in and what age you are It s all about power, and those who have it will exercise it in whatever way they can without fear of consequences because they know that the whole system is behind them And while this book goes into a lot of detail about the investigation and the many women Kantor and Twohey spoke to, it also shows us the blatant disregard shown by so many other people towards these women and how all the sexual predation was just treated as matter of fact.My singular emotion while reading this book was anger And helplessness Maybe some hope too, but I won t say it was a lot The way that Weinstein used his power, bullying tactics and promises of helping their career to harass and assault and overpower so many young women is appalling to read about I would never judge the women for not coming out and sharing their stories because it s always them who had a lot to lose and they have their right to self preservation It s the other people I find fault with those around Weinstein who helped him cover up all the incidents by forcing the women with watertight settlements and NDAs, who thought his behavior was okay as long as it wasn t a liability to the company, who decided that it must be the women coming onto him for a chance to go ahead in their careers, the high profile lawyers like David Boies, Gloria Allred and Lisa Bloom who feel completely justified in the way they defended Weinstein and shamed and blamed the women and the journalists covering the story These are people even I have admired, watched documentaries about their work on marriage equality and women s rights, and now to realize that powerful people always seem to support those in power I just can t describe the horror I m feeling If you ve followed any of the twitter trends on the day of this book s release, you must have seen the very enlightening and loathsome memo that Lisa Bloom wrote to Weinstein about how they can frame a narrative to victim blame and showcase him as an old man trying to understand the ever changing social s It really was an eye opener and I don t think I will ever implicitly trust any popular activist again, especially lawyers The last section of the book also goes into some detail about the Kavanaugh hearings and Dr Ford s testimony, particularly how she felt in the weeks leading up to the day and how her life has irrevocably changed since then It just makes me furious that nothing fundamental has really has changed since the years after Anita Hill and women have to still weigh their safety and career prospects vs the possibility of telling their story and maybe getting some vindication and justice And I m currently feeling even hopeless because between the few hours when I finished this book and I m writing this review, the New York Times published excerpts from another book with corroborating evidence for other allegations against Kavanaugh And it s really exhausting to see that while Dr Ford has to deal with death threats, this man will be on the Supreme Court for most of our lifetime To conclude, I just wanna say thank you to all the women who came forward to tell their story, putting their livelihoods and privacy on the line, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their incessant desire to bring this story to light in its entirety while facing off the whole bully machine of Weinstein, and everyone else at NYT who made this possible I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to know about this brilliant piece of investigative journalism and support women in their fight for equality and right to work without being harassed. Kantor and Twohey are the two New York Times investigative reporters that broke the story about Harvey Weinstein s habitual sexual harassment towards women More than 80 women have come forward to date The two journalists had to wade through a flood of bullying tactics Weinstein used to keep these women s stories silent for so long Weinstein used his wealth to hire top tier attorneys to craft airtight confidentiality agreements that his accusers had to sign in order to receive compensation He also used media via The National Enquirer to either bury personal accounts or to discredit the victims and used security firms like Black Cube to intimidate women accusers.More disheartening is how presumably feminist attorneys like Gloria Allred negotiated nondisclosure agreements for victims in order to enrich themselves with 40% of the payout not just for Harvey s victims, but for women abused by Fox News host Bill O Reilly and Olympics gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar And then there is Allred s daughter, Lisa Bloom, who was retained by Weinstein She developed a strategy of online campaigns to discredit accusers, painting them as liars, as well as other tactics.Kantor and Twohey also interviewed Christine Blasey Ford who accused now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assault, and follow her testimony before Congress Ford comes across as totally na ve in regards to the political ramifications of her coming forward She seems to have felt it was her duty as a citizen to inform Senator Feinstein, but really did not want to testify.Recommend this compelling account of stellar investigative reporting.