Rating: 5 / 5
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s She Said is an explosive, eloquent tell-all about New York Times journalists’ investigations into the crimes of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent rise of the #MeToo movement.
You’ve heard about Harvey Weinstein’s heinous crimes against women, and you may have even read the New York Times and The New Yorker pieces diving into those crimes – but there is so much more to know, especially over two years later. Kantor and Twohey graciously walk readers through their lengthy investigative journalism process, wherein they hold tender conversations with victims, dig into nondisclosure agreement documents, and much much more.
Kantor and Twohey readily tie a connection from the Weinstein investigation to the #MeToo movement, and to Donald Trump and the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh. Insightful, tender, bipartisan, and fiercely pro-women, She Said is a force to be reckoned with.
Please take caution while reading She Said if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Sexual assault
She Said is a fantastically interesting and important piece of journalistic nonfiction and I truly cannot recommend it enough. From the jump, it is clear that this book will be riveting and fair. Truly, the bipartisanship with which these journalists write is stunning and refreshing and gives me hope for the future of good journalism.
You don’t need to be particularly interested in journalism to love She Said – at its core, this is a book about humanity, about doing what’s right and fighting for justice. It is hopeful and vengeful at the same time. Readers will yearn for justice, weep for victims, and delight in the bravery and perseverance of everyone striving for good that Kantor and Twohey meet during their investigations.
The writing, y’all. It is outstanding, which isn’t surprising since the authors write investigative journalism pieces for a living. Nonfiction books can sometimes be boring and slow, but – man, oh man – She Said is not that. I devoured this book in two days, in large part to the fantastic, engaging writing.
I read Catch and Kill, a book on the same topic and also by an investigative journalist, directly after this, and so it has been quite easy for me to compare the two. Both are 100% worth reading, but I prefer She Said for the fast-paced writing and cadence and for Kantor and Twohey’s laser focus on the women. Everything the authors do and write is always grounded in supporting, sharing the stories of, and uplifting the victims of Weinstein’s crimes. It is truly special, and really – isn’t that the center of this story? The women. Kantor and Twohey clearly think so.
Bottom line – this book is absolutely fantastic and one of the most engaging nonfiction books I’ve ever read. I so highly recommend She Said; you will learn so much and feel so much.
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