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She Said

Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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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

On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey - and then the world changed. For months, Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations, some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements. The journalists meticulously picked their way through a web of decades-old secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements, pressed some of the most famous women in the world - and some unknown ones - to risk going on the record, and faced down Weinstein, his team of high-priced defenders, and even his private investigators.

But nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story. Within days, a veritable Pandora's box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened, and women who had suffered in silence for generations began coming forward, trusting that the world would understand their stories. Over the next 12 months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry would be outed for mistreating their colleagues. But did too much change - or not enough? Those questions plunged the two journalists into a new phase of reporting and some of their most startling findings yet.

With superlative detail, insight, and journalistic expertise, Kantor and Twohey take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift, reliving in real time what it took to get the story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change. They describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up - for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves - and so changed us all.

Includes a bonus PDF of the notes from the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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An Incredible Story

All The Presidents Men for the 21st century. This book is a masterpiece of investigative journalism.

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Great until the Kavanaugh tangent

I would have given this 5 stars except I couldn't understand why it took such a jolting turn and went off on the Kavanaugh tangent. Up until then I was hooked, but I thought I was suddenly listening to an entirely new book. It should have been saved for another day. Better to have further explored Weinstein and the powerless he preyed upon, especially digging more into how he was able to hide in plain sight in an industry that is under such constant media scrutiny. I would have liked to have read about how Weinstein worked film journalists, which he was a master of, as well as agents and how that may have delayed his day of reckoning. How does such an open secret survive in the industry, and will Hollywood really change or revert back to the way it was after paying #MeToo lip service?

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Fascinating Behind the Scenes Journalism

This book is a deep dive into the efforts of Kantor & Twohey to break the Weinstein story. The New York Times reporters give a road map on how to ethically report controversial subjects. First and foremost, enlist the support of your editors and fellow reporters.

In addition, the authors review the wider impact of the breaking story on #metoo movement and the Christine Blasey Ford testimony. Incredible story & must read that remains very relevant to our times.

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Must read story behind the story

All The President’s Men. Spotlight. She Said.
The great investigative journalism thrillers. Great writing. Great read.

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Outlaw buying silence!!

The practice of wealthy wrong-doers paying witnesses large sums ('large' to the witness only) to stay quiet should be outlawed. Call it what it is -- witness tampering!

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Captivating, moving, cathartic

Read like a great thriller movie, I was totally in it and gasped along with the narrative, voiced my shock, yelled at the characters.. it’s perfect. Although of course these stories are devastating but the overall brushstroke is hope, inspiration, and togetherness. I have a deep appreciation for my gender, I have an extreme respect for the brave victims that came out. This book was EMPOWERING.

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  • NB
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Excellent story, very well written

Not only is this an excellent story about the women who survived abuse by Harvey Weinstein, but also about a systemic routine of shaming and hush money that allows abuse to continue. Finally, a suspenseful description of investigative journalism.

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Amazing, Don’t Miss this Book

Thanking ALL the brave women who put their careers, families, and relationships on the line to tell this story which needs to be heard by every woman and man(though i doubt men will be the audience for this boo). Our institutions are most to blame for a workplace culture of sexual predation and these predators have operated with impunity for far too long. Maybe this fact is most likely to be the greatest shift in society thanks to this story. oThanks to Megan and Jodi for your persistence and the first-class reporting and investigation. It’s true that the inequality between men and women is still not nearly rectified, but we get a little closer everyday and most of all I dare say you have made the workplace a little, maybe more, than a little safer for our daughters and future generations. I hope that Gloria Alred and Lisa Bloom have some good reputation management on hand. Their duplicity as documented, is alarming and their outright greed, not so much. Finally, Bravo to the NYT! Thanking the heavens that they stood firm and brought this story into the light of day! Dean Baquet is the unsung hero of this story. Don’t pass it by!

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Intriguing

As a victim of sexual abuse. All I can say even at the young age of 6-7. Now 55 years later I could still get in a car and go to the house where it all began.

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Wonderful audiobook.

This audiobook is beautifully produced and the writing is superb. I’m so proud of the NYT writers who navigated this story and the support they provided to the women they interviewed. It’s an amazing journey they went on and they changed history.