SOCIAL SCIENCES

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Penguin. Sept. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780525560340. $28. SOC SCI
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Kantor and Twohey recount their Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in this focused account of their investigative process, including contacting sources, convincing them to tell their stories, and scouring public records for evidence of payoffs and corroboration. This approach could easily delve too much into minutiae, but Kantor and Twohey’s explanations are cohesive, concise, and fascinating. Weinstein’s efforts to silence the story are particularly nerve wracking, but the authors show well how the allegations gave momentum to the Me Too movement and empowered more victims of sexual assault to come forward with their stories of abuse. As a counterpoint to the successful ousting of Weinstein from his company, Kantor and Twohey include a report of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Sources are brought together at the end of the book to reflect on their experiences, as are varied reactions of the public to their allegations.
VERDICT A compelling accounting of the events that helped ignite Me Too. Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice and the reporting process.

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