Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 52 minutes
First Published: 2015
For months, New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey were in confidential talks with top actresses and employees digging into long-buried allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by Harvey Weinstein. However, neither woman was prepared for the sheer momentum of the #MeToo movement that followed the publication of their expose.
Following the Harvey Weinstein investigation from start to publication, She Said is a brilliant look at how investigative journalism works. The details of Harvey Weinstein’s crimes are horrifying, but the insights into journalism are fascinating.
The first two-thirds of the book is five-star material, yet the book, unfortunately, loses its steam in the concluding chapters. Attempting to sum up the effects of the #MeToo movement, Kantor and Towhey detail the allegations against Justice Bret Cavanaugh, which doesn’t have the same feel since they were not personally involved in the reporting. Still, overall She Said is a terrific and insightful read.
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.
Quotes from She Said
Harassers were often accepted, or even cheered, as mischievous bad boys.
If white men could have a playground, this would be it.
Had the reckoning gone too far, with innocent men tarnished with less-than-convincing proof, or not far enough, with a frustrating lack of systemic change?
About Jodi Kantor
Jodi Kantor is a reporter with The New York Times. She is the co-author of She Said with Megan Twohey. Twohey currently lives in Brooklyn.
About Megan Twohey
Megan Twohey is an investigative reporter with The New York Times. She is the co-author of She Said with Jodi Kantor.