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In Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Little, Brown, $30), New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow recounts his part in exposing the sexual assault and harassment allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, along with the institutional resistance, the attempted intimidation, and the threats he faced in doing so. The book, which contains additional revelations, is not just a work of investigative journalism, but is itself a compelling and instructive spy story. Farrow writes about not only the extreme tactics taken by Weinstein—what Farrow calls a “full-on espionage operation”—to stymie the coverage, but also describes actions by executives at NBC News, where Farrow initially pursued the story, to keep it from being broadcast. He speculates that NBC’s behavior was motivated by a desire to protect news anchor Matt Lauer, who himself was subsequently accused of sexual misconduct and let go. A compelling, instructive examination of how power works and can corrupt.

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ISBN: 9780316486637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

Staff Pick

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the two New York Times reporters who (along with Ronan Farrow, writing separately in The New Yorker) revealed to the world two years ago the extensive sexual abuse committed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin Press, $28) is a riveting, revealing account of how Kantor and Twohey developed that blockbuster, Pulitzer Prize-winning story and its consequences in spurring the #MeToo movement. Their success in documenting Weinstein’s predator behavior, nailing a high-impact story that others before them had tried but failed to confirm, provides a great case study of the kind of tough, exacting effort that goes into first-rate investigative journalism. It also stands as a powerful counterargument to the skepticism about and denigration of news media today.

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ISBN: 9780525560340
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Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

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In the wake of the Civil War, the 13th amendment abolished slavery, the 14th constitutionalized the principle of birthright citizenship and equality before the law, and the 15th aimed to secure black male suffrage. In The Second Founding, historian Eric Foner describes how these revisions amounted to a profound and pivotal remaking of the Constitution to establish the principle of equality, yet were undermined by Supreme Court decisions and state actions. Not until well into the 20th Century did the U.S. undertake renewed strides toward realizing the concepts of racial equality, due process, and individual rights reflected in the Reconstruction amendments. Amid fresh political challenges today to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law, Foner’s book is especially relevant and key to understanding the history and meaning of the Reconstruction amendments.


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ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019