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  • How much did you know about Ronan Farrow and his investigation into Harvey Weinstein prior to reading this book? Have you read his original New Yorker article?
  • What do you think are some of the factors that drove Ronan to work on this piece about Weinstein? What impact did his sister’s abuse have on Ronan intent on making sure these victims were heard?
  • The story is told in parallel timelines in parts: one with Ronan trying to uncover these stories and the other with Weinstein attempting to halt the coverage. What were your thoughts as you read both sections?
  • As Ronan continues his investigation, he gets plenty of calls and a huge interest in what he was working on—with some trying to hint that he shouldn’t investigate too much. For instance, on page 103, Tom Brokaw talks with Ronan about how he should "stick to your guns." When he find out the story is about Weinstein, Brokaw’s demeanor completely changes and he calls Weinstein a friend. Ronan thinks to himself, "Shit. Is anyone not friends with this guy?" Let’s discuss this exchange and how everyone in the entertainment and news orbit seemed to have some connection to Weinstein.
  • How was Weinstein able to get away with the abuse for years?
  • Let’s discuss why NBC execs stood in Ronan’s way. Why do you think they were afraid of Weinstein? Do you think they assume the story would never be published?
  • It began with one woman and eventually many women step forward to tell their stories of abuse and harassment by Weinstein. Once these women told their stories, nothing’s been the same. Let’s talk about all of this.
  • Ronan starts to suspect he’s been followed and he is in a huge way by an army of spies called Black Cube. They didn’t just trail Ronan but also all the women who Weinstein suspected would talk to Ronan. How mindblogging was all of that to read about?
  • The New Yorker agrees to publish Ronan’s story and he has to reach out to Weinstein for comment. On page 170, Weinstein says to him, "You couldn’t save someone you love, and now you think you can save everyone." He really said this. You’d think he was pointing a detonator at Aquaman. What did you think about this exchange?
  • What do you feel are some of the key takeaways of the book?
  • Do you think workplaces, including Hollywood and news organizations, are becoming more safer now that stories like this are public? Or do you think little has changed? Let’s talk about our perspectives.

* Some questions from Book Club Chat.

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