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Read By: Ronan Farrow Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549170843

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20:36 minutes

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04:08 minutes

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10:33 minutes

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Now an HBO documentary series streaming on HBO Max. 

One of the Best Books of the Year


Time * NPR * Washington Post * Bloomberg News * Chicago Tribune * Chicago Public Library * Fortune * Los Angeles Times * E! News * The Telegraph * Apple * Library Journal


In this newly updated edition of the "meticulous and devastating" (Associated Press) account of violence and espionage that spent months on the New York Times Bestsellers list, Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost - from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.



In 2017, a routine network television investigation led to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most power­ful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement



Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography

Indie Bound #1 Bestseller

USA Today Bestseller

Wall Street Journal Bestseller

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"I enjoyed the details of his experiences however found it offensive that his point was to uncover the insane power of cover up that happens in ALL SEXUAL assault cases but he glosses over the Hillary Clinton attack on her husbands accusers. I guess when you're a Liberal NY'er that interned for her she gets a pass. "

— Cheri (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “Monumental, haunting…In this self-narrated account, he describes the lengths he and his fellow reporters went to in order to reveal Weinstein’s hideous secret—and the power of the women who chose to take a stand.”

    — Elle (audio review)
  • “[The] best (and most horrifying) spy thriller of the year…He weaves a breathless narrative as compelling as it is disturbing.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “The book details the extraordinary lengths some of the world’s most powerful people, including Harvey Weinstein, go to protect themselves: silencing their accusers, intimidating journalists, and more.”

    — New York TImes Book Review
  • “Farrow’s dark memoir of the era in which he helped unearth the abuses of Harvey Weinstein unfolds like a classic noir.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A measured but damning portrait.”

    — NPR
  • “This is an urgent, significant book…on a par with classics from Seymour Hersh and Bob Woodward. A meticulously documented, essential work.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Part memoir, part spy thriller, the book is an engrossing account of the dark arts employed by the powerful to suppress their stockpiled bad behavior as well as the cover-up culture that pervades executive suites.”

    — Hollywood Reporter
  • “Catch and Kill reads like a great detective novel and could lead to a safer and more just future.”

    — Gloria Steinem, activist and #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Catch and Kill…digs deep and Farrow is never afraid to tell the truth, no matter where the sparks may fly.”

    — James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • One of Elle's Best AudiobooksTime Must-Read Book of 2019 NPR Favorite Book of 2019Washington Post Best Nonfiction Book of 2019Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2019Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2019Fortune Best Business Book of 2019Bloomberg Best Book of the YearTelegraph (U.K) Best Book of 2019Kirkus Best Nonfiction Books of 2019A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2019Library Journal Best Social Science Book of 2019One of USA Today's Best Books to Read While Stuck at Home

  • Meticulous and devastating...part All the President's Men, part spy thriller.

    — Rasha Madkour, Associated Press
  • At the heart of every great noir is a conspiracy of evil that imbues the initial crime uncovered by the hero with a weightier resonance than was immediately obvious. So it goes with Catch and Kill.

    — Elizabeth Bruenig, TheWashington Post
  • The connections between presidents, media moguls, and spies described in Catch and Kill are stranger than fiction. As a novel, it would be a page-turner. As a reported piece of nonfiction, it's terrifying.

    — Eliana Dockterman, Time
  • The year's best spy thriller is stranger - and more horrifying - than fiction...He weaves a breathless narrative as compelling as it is disturbing...bracingly exposes the rot that's persisted across elite American institutions for decades.

    — DavidCanfield, Entertainment Weekly
  • Catch and Killis an important, frightening's also a propulsive, cinematic page-turner

    — Erin Keane, Salon
  • Darkly funny and poignant...a winning account of how it feels to be at the centre of the biggest story in the world. It is also, of course, a breathtakingly dogged piece of reporting, in the face of extraordinary opposition.

    — EmmaBrockes, The Guardian (U.K.)
  • "Absorbing...The behavior documented in Catch and Kill is obviously and profoundly distressing. ... But there are some hopeful threads, too.

    — Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
  • Must read: Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow. How #sexualabuse stories got suppressed, and how deep-diving, fact-gathering reporting blew the lid off, despite threats, intimidation, and cronymongering at the top. Chilling!

    — Margaret Atwood
  • Reads like a thriller...The reveal in Catch and Kill is not that there are corrupt people; it's that corrupt people are in control of our media, politics, and entertainment and that, in fact, many of them remain in control.

    — RebeccaTraister, The Cut
  • Catch and Kill is exhaustively reported...and compulsively readable, with nearly every page revealing a provocative detail about a household name in media or entertainment.

    — EJDickson, Rolling Stone
  • Read this book...Farrow's greatest success was to listen, believe and act, even at his own peril.

    — MariaL. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
  • Part memoir, part spy thriller, the book is an engrossing account of the dark arts employed by the powerful to suppress their stockpiled bad behavior as well as the cover-up culture that pervades executive suites-many of them at Farrow's former employer, NBC News.

    — MarisaGuthrie, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Historically this book is going to have lasting importance as a vividly detailed, in-the-trenches account of the epic effort it took to try to bring down just a piece of the wall of patriarchy that has kept women exploited and oppressed in the media industry and American life forever.

    — David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun
  • Catch and Kill is a rip-roaring account of the years spent chasing the Weinstein story and its spin-offs. It's a deep dive into the world of US media, Hollywood pay-outs, Donald Trump's eccentric ways, spies and spineless editors. And is it gripping...dripping with jaw-dropping revelations and moments of astonishing pathos.

    — Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph (U.K)
  • Explosive.

    — KateAurthur, Variety
  • Catch and Kill weaves together months of reporting to reveal explosive allegations that play out like a terrifying spy thriller.

    — KateStorey, Esquire
  • A measured but damning portrait of that failure at NBC, which he ties to a pattern of harassment and abuse within the network.

    — Annalisa Quinn,
  • Befitting a Farrow story, Catch and Kill is chocka¬block with scoops and revelations.

    — PaulFarhi, The Washington Post
  • Catch and Kill reads like a thriller, prime to be adapted for the screen.

    — Sophie McBain, New Statesman
  • The book no one can stop talking about.

    — Bustle
  • One can only marvel at [Farrow's] courage, his resilience and moral fiber. It's one thing to tilt at windmills, it's another to tilt at a human power saw.

    — Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Riveting and often shocking . . . Catch and Kill has gone off like a hand grenade in the world of New York media . . . compelling

    — Sunday Times (U.K.)
  • The book is full of plot and drama...This is a story about a ruling class of men who protect one another - and about the courage of women who speak up.

    — Abraham Gutman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • This is an urgent, significant book.

    — Kirkus Reviews, starred
  • Combines the intricate reporting of All The President's Men with Kafkaesque atmosphere to reveal troubling collusion between the media and the powerful interests they cover. This is a crackerjack journalistic thriller.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • "Catch and Kill is the latest reminder of the extent to which men in power in America can protect one another, and the consequences when that protection succeeds.

    — Anna North, Vox
  • An engrossing, emotive, often drily funny binge... a humdinger of a story... a nuanced appreciation of how women are smeared and discredited...combines righteous anger, gossip and comedy.

    — The Times (U.K.)
  • Catch and Kill" is, in many ways, horrifyingly grim - a nightmare confirmation of the worst in human nature and the entangled upper echelons of the media and political worlds. But, as Farrow has noted in interviews, it also admits some rays of hope.

    — Julia M. Klein, Forward
  • Ronan is the kind of journalist that activists like myself rely on...His care and compassion for the stories survivors' entrusted him with shows in how diligently he investigated each claim. After all of the work he has done to carry their stories forward, I am excited for the world to read this book.

    — Tarana Burke
  • Ronan Farrow has entered the pantheon of great investigative reporters. With meticulous research and endless revelations, he exposes a system of abuses and cover ups-a system that for too long has been protected. This is an invaluable book." —David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killersof the Flower Moon

  • Catch and Kill is proof that Ronan Farrow is the best kind of reporter: thorough, honest, and digs deep and Farrow is never afraid to tell the truth no matter where the sparks may fly."—James Patterson

  • Catch and Kill is literally jaw-dropping-a shocking, meticulous record of the vast machinery with which moral bankruptcy protects itself, and of the arsenal of weapons available to colossally powerful men whose careers depend on silencing those seeking accountability and truth...This book reveals damningly widespread corruption, complacency, and cowardice, and against it, the blazing courage of the women who spoke out-it's a blueprint of a hideous world, and a foundational building block of a new one.

    — JiaTolentino, author of Trick Mirror
  • We've been reading about sex scandals beginning with Harvey Weinstein, but only Ronan Farrow, who reported them, tells us how women's voices were discredited and suppressed for so long. Catch and Kill reads like a great detective novel, and could lead to a safer and more just future.

    — GloriaSteinem


  • A New York Times Pick of the Month
  • A USA Today Pick for Fall
  • A Los Angeles Times Pick for Its Book Club
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Biggest Books for Fall
  • A Time Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019
  • A Boston Globe Pick of Greatest Books of Fall
  • A Bustle Pick of New #MeToo Movement Books for Fall
  • A #1 bestseller in Corruption & Misconduct in Politics
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Pick of the Week
  • O Magazine Pick of Best True Crime Books
  • USA Today bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • A Library Journal Best Book of the Year in Social Sciences
  • An Apple iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 in Nonfiction
  • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Most Talked About Books This Month
  • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of the Best Audiobooks

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    — Kirsten Corey, 12/28/2020

About Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow is an investigative journalist who writes for the New Yorker and makes documentaries for HBO. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the George Polk Award, and the National Magazine Award, among other commendations, and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He has been an anchor and reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his writing has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. A series of stories he wrote in 2017 exposed the first allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Prior to his work as a journalist, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to the Secretary of State as a senior official focused on youth uprisings. He is a Yale Law School-educated attorney and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.