My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

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“Compelling… this book couldn’t be more timely.” – Jill Abramson, New York Times Book Review

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?

Politics & Current Events
September 12
Dey Street Books

Customer Reviews

dbeach ,

In the Eye of the Storm

This outdid “The Boys in the Bus” as the consummate insider’s report of a U.S. election. The interplay between Katy Tur and the impossible Mr. Trump was legendary during the campaign, and getting the real, inside scoop from her is fascinating. Her writing is as fast-paced as her life, which makes this book easy to read and hard to put down. And her warmth and openness further endear her to us.

Dwelc39 ,

Katy Tur Book Review

This book is nothing more then an attention seeking piece. I don't think that she should make any money off of exploiting Donald trump and I think that is exactly what this book is doing. I am not a trump supporter by any means and I think he has made very inappropriate and insensitive comments and I don't believe he was the right choice for president but that doesn't mean that Katy tur should be able to make money off stretching the truth and exploiting Donald trump. 2 stars.

HateBias ,

View of the Biased

Wonder if this Author was a Clinton fan. Perhaps she should have followed the underside looking for dirt on any other candidate. If she dug deep enough she would find even more unbelievable filth.
Politics is a dirty business biased reporting with agendas is almost as dirty. This is a book of hate by the left...just another example.

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