Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence


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Penguin Press
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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.6 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Ken Auletta inaugurated the Annals of Communications column and profiles for The New Yorker in 1992. This is his thirteenth book. Five of his previous books were national bestsellers, including Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way, Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman, and Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.


One of The New Yorker's and Esquire's Best Books of 2022

"A thoughtful, probing book . . . nuanced in ways missing from the screaming-headline revelations of the story as it unfolded . . . the insoluble riddle of how so much good and evil could reside in one man is the abiding mystery that gives this book its fascination. . . . If he had done nothing else, Ken Auletta deserves great credit for forcing his readers to confront the fact that evil does not thrive in a vacuum and that Harvey Weinstein, as bad as he was, had far too much help along the way." --The Daily Beast

"Legendary media reporter Auletta was on to Weinstein as a violent bully and abuser in 2002, calling the producer a 'self-absorbed narcissist' in a profile for The New Yorker . . . Auletta's new book has marinated over the years and benefits from 200 interviews to paint a fuller and darker picture of Weinstein . . . Among one of America's keenest observers of power, from Wall Street to Hollywood." --The National Book Review

"Exhaustively reported and utterly enraging, Hollywood Ending is a damning look at Hollywood's history of corruption and complicity." --Esquire

"Excellent . . . The world turned a blind eye, Auletta explains, in large part because of the perception that Weinstein's contributions to the industry outweighed his transgressions." --Bloomberg, The 10 Best Books for Your Summer Reading List

"Longtime New Yorker media reporter Auletta delivers a compelling, assiduously reported, full-formed biography of Weinstein, from his Queens youth all the way to his trial, conviction, and 2020 sentencing . . . A definitive, unblinking account of a tragic chapter in American movie history." --Booklist (starred review)

"Beyond its gripping portrait of a gifted producer, profligate businessman, serial rapist and likely sociopath, Auletta's magisterial account is a definitive report of corruption, commerce and complicity in America's dream factory. Judicious, vivid, utterly engrossing." --Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"It is impossible to read Hollywood Ending without an escalating sense of dread and fury. Ken Auletta offers a riveting account of the ascent and savagely abusive behavior of one of the movie industry's most powerful figures. And he meticulously documents a story that's equally disturbing: the dismal pattern of willful ignorance, complicity and cover-up among film producers, financiers, executives, lawyers, and actors who, with just a bit of courage, could have put a stop to Harvey Weinstein's sociopathic assaults against so many women." --Martin Baron, Executive Editor (Retired), The Washington Post

"You think you know everything about the deplorable Harvey Weinstein? You don't. The incomparable Ken Auletta delivers revelation after revelation." --Graydon Carter, editor, Air Mail