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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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?… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
Kirjailijat:Katy Tur (Tekijä)
Info:Dey Street Books (2017), Edition: First Ed, 304 pages
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Katy Tur attempts to do 3 things with this book: 1) provide a record of the campaign events leading up to Trump's election, 2) provide a bit of background on herself, and 3) provide some information on the role of journalists in an election.

For #1, her account is accurate, if not complete. I think an exhaustively complete record would be impossible - there's just too much to include, even for the relatively short period of time covered, even if the other 2 purposes of the book were dropped.

For #2, I think Katy opened with a bit too much too quickly. I really didn't care about the French boyfriend. But I did value the information - a large part of what Trump did was dehumanize journalists, siccing his supporters on them and generally harassing them both in person and online. Hopefully its harder to leave death threats when you're reminded Katy is a person.

For #3, a little more information would be welcome. I think Trumpists take any challenge or question as an attack, and progressives are inclined to take a lack of hostility as support. (To be fair, that complicit tolerance usually is tacit support, but the circumstances with journalists are unique.)

Katy's book is fair and accurate, with little bias. It doesn't break anything new for folks who have been paying attention (and it'd be pretty gross if it did), so I think most people will find it a waste of time. The largest flaw with the book is the non-linear report. Flashbacks to parents are fine, but jumping back and forth between the beginning and end of the campaign really wasn't necessary and obscures development. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
Meh. Cutsey and easy read. Too much about the reporter. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
It possibly wasn’t my smartest decision ever to read Unbelievable on the eve of the U.S. elections, or at the hairdresser but it felt right. Reading this as the world watched and waited (and waited) for the outcome of the election gave me more insight into the U.S. system and Trump and his supporters.

Katy Tur joined the Trump 2016 campaign from its earliest beginnings and followed it through to that election. Her story describes what it’s like to be on the road for a year and half (spoiler: you will get sick of takeaway, hotels and airports). It also describes how a small following became huge, with rallies on the tarmac at airports, fancy dinners for high spending donors and a lot of waiting, followed by a lot of rushing around. Trump called Katy out specifically a number of times during the campaign (at one point the Secret Service escorted her out at the end of an event), sometimes with a compliment but usually not. The book gets quite personal at times, as Katy finds it difficult in comparison with what she’s given up to follow Trump around the country. It also goes into her background, which was useful for me because this Aussie doesn’t have access to NBC.

The book is light hearted in tone generally and very easy to read. You don’t need to be an expert in U.S. politics or know every player (although some names I know from the four years that followed). The story starts on election night and then goes back to the initial campaign. As the campaign heats up, the election day sections go on to that moment where people realised Trump was a genuine contender against Clinton. It was interesting to look back in retrospect to see how it all happened. It was also interesting from an Australian point of view for several reasons. One, Tur mentions that she doesn’t vote because she’s too close to the action. I found that a bit weird – wouldn’t reporters be more informed, both on and off the record? Two, rallies of thousands supporting Trump almost manically with MAGA hats and signs is quite foreign to us. We support our footy teams like that, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find many people supporting politics with the same fervour. Three – the electoral college thing. I think I finally understand how it works and why it came into existence, but…is it still relevant?

I thought I knew all the talking points of Trump’s 2016 campaign, but I’d clearly blanked some of this out. There were more than a few ‘what the’ moments as Katy recounted them. It’s still easy to read while your jaw is dropping and I zoomed through it. A great read about the peculiarities of politics.

Now we just need the 2020 campaign books!

http://samstillreading.wordpress.com ( )
  birdsam0610 | Nov 8, 2020 |
Katy Tur is an entertaining guide through the 2016 US Presidential election, with a front seat and often (unwanted) starring role in Trump's campaign.

The book really brought home how much Trump and the campaign weaponised misogyny and sexism, with Tur directly in the firing line on several occasions. Also, being a journalist in the 2010's seems like a depressingly thankless task - literally never being able to switch off.

Not sure that the non-linear structure worked as well as a more chronological narrative but this will never stop being a great (albeit depressing) story, no matter how many times it's told. ( )
  arewenotben | Jul 31, 2020 |
Couldn't put this down. ( )
  katelynreads | Jun 30, 2020 |
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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."

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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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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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?

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