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Unbelievable by Katy Tur


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Lively, entertaining and not all about Trump, some good personal bits, too. I had a hard time putting it down even though I knew how it ended! ( )
  maggie1944 | Mar 31, 2019 |
I listened on this on the way to and from work. While was nothing "explosive" in it for anyone who does not live under a rock or is a drinker of orange Kool-Aide, I found her story interesting. ( )
  KateSavage | Mar 29, 2019 |
The book is as cute, hard hitting, precise, intelligent and diligent as its author. I often wondered why I was putting myself through the pain of reliving the events reported. It is because I have always been drawn to Ms. Tur. She is a real journalist and the book proves it. The best quote is her exhortation to teach journalism in grade school. She is a good, fast paced writer. The style follows the actual final campaign events in sequence between each chapter. The device works to add tension and verve. A great book about journalism about presidential campaigns. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
NBC/MSNBC commentator Katy Tur about her experience reporting on the presidential campaign of Donalld J. Trump. ( )
  MrDickie | Jan 20, 2019 |
This was sort of a memoir about her time covering the Trump presidential campaign. She relates some first hand experiences at Trump rallies that sound quite frightening. I found that she often went off on a tangent in the middle of relating some event, though, and this got confusing (at least it does on audio). ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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"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

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

10:59 P.M., Election Day

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

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."
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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