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Unbelievable

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Katy Tur’s thoroughly enjoyable account of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run is a great read for those interested in campaign journalism. As a reporter for MSNBC, Tur covered Trump’s campaign for over a year, and her account is divided between her constant time on the road, and watching events unfold on election day. While much has been written about Trump, Tur chronicles the campaign’s controversies while also providing insight into her emotions, ambitions, and exhaustion. The day-in-the-life account of a journalist on the campaign trail is fascinating, and Tur’s writing is quick and easy. Tur doesn’t criticize the twenty-four news cycle as much as document the negative effects the demand for news has on her life. The struggle of ambition, and the idea of making it, made for a interesting narrative aside from the familiar campaign details. Understandably, Tur doesn’t fire shots or give into gossip, this isn’t a political tell-all. Overall, she plays it pretty straight, it’s her experience, and this is a great addition for those who enjoy political or journalistic memoirs. ( )
  brianjungwi | Jun 21, 2018 |
Katy Tur of NBC/MSNBC News covered Donald Trump's presidential campaign from its very beginning to the improbable end. This book gives us insight into the daily grind of covering rally after rally, constantly catching flights to wherever (sometimes she doesn't remember what city she's in), trying to grab air time for herself, enduring verbal abuse from the candidate himself and his supporters, etc. It's a quick read and written humorously, which is admirable - just listening to Trump and his followers would have driven me crazy after about a month. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Apr 18, 2018 |
What a fantastic memoir by Katy Tur - the NBC reporter who had the Trump beat for the 2016 presidential election. There were many fascinating behind the scenes anecdotes that made this worth the read, but more than that, Tur wrote in a friendly and funny style that had me laughing out loud more than once. I thought she was very fair in her evaluation of Trump, but she obviously was not a huge fan. High recommended for a look at the most improbably campaign in presidential history. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Hard to believe that the campaign could been more crazy...but apparently, it was. I don't envy any of the reporters who covered it, but definitely not Katy Tur!

Nicely read by the author, which always adds an extra layer of credibility (and coolness) to any memoir.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

(audiobook borrowed from the library) ( )
  beckymmoe | Mar 4, 2018 |
Katie Tur’s story of being the chief NBC correspondent following DJT’s campaign for the presidency from its inception to his inauguration. Remarkable book, not only for the replay of the whirlwind of startling that was his campaign but as an example of what covering and travelling with any campaign is for a journalist. As well as a very graphic overview of the role that the social media play in 21st Century politics. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Feb 6, 2018 |
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EPIGRAPH

"I play to people's fantasies . . . People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration -- and a very effective form of promotion."

-- Donald J. Trump,
The Art of the Deal
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DEDICATION

For the love of God
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This is a true story. (Author's Note)
TRUMP VICTORY PARTY

NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
10:59 P.M., Election Day

I'm about to throw up. (Prologue)
MAY 23, 2015
535 Days Until Election Day

Paris.
I'm up with the sun, in a studio apartment that's tiny even by New York standards.
(Chapter 1, "Katy Hasn't Even Looked Up Once at Me."
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His sentences call to mind an aerial shot of a burning derailed freight train. The syntax is mangled. The grammar is gone. "Donald Trump isn't a simpleton, he just talks like one," reads a Politico article from last August. [...]

Every fourth word seems to be very, great, beautiful, or tremendous. [...] His insults are even simpler. Our leaders are "dumb," "stupid," or "weak." Our deals are "terrible." His critics are "losers" and "haters." The press is "scum." Women he doesn't find attractive are "disgusting." (Chapter 4, "She's Back There, Little Katy")
His supporters feel that he is fighting for them. They identify with him. They can relate. "He talks just like us," supporters say over and over again. He's the rich guy they would be if they were rich. And he knows it. (Chapter 4, "She's Back There, Little Katy")
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From the Recipient of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

Called "disgraceful," "third-rate," and "not nice" by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on—and took flak from—the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history.


Katy Tur lived out of a suitcase for a year and a half, following Trump around the country, powered by packets of peanut butter and kept clean with dry shampoo. She visited forty states with the candidate, made more than 3,800 live television reports, and tried to endure a gazillion loops of Elton John’s "Tiny Dancer"—a Trump rally playlist staple.

From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump’s inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car.

None of it worked. Facts are stubborn. So was Tur. She was part of the first women-led politics team in the history of network news. The Boys on the Bus became the Girls on the Plane. But the circus remained. Through all the long nights, wild scoops, naked chauvinism, dodgy staffers, and fevered debates, no one had a better view than Tur.

Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of how America sent a former reality show host to the White House. It’s also the story of what it was like for Tur to be there as it happened, inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited. Tur was a foreign correspondent who came home to her most foreign story of all. Unbelievable is a must-read for anyone who still wakes up and wonders, Is this real life? [retrieved 11/25/17 from Amazon.com]
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The NBC news correspondent assigned to cover the Trump campaign for the 2016 presidential election shares her perspective on witnessing Trump's unexpected campaign successes.

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