Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign


Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History If you paid attention to the 2016 campaign, you had to notice Katy Tur She was a veteran but virtually unknown NBC correspondent assigned to the Trump campaign in its early days when his presidential run was considered to be littlethan a joke Tur s fame grew as Trump gained momentum, and the Donald s angry yet weirdly flirtatious treatment of her as she sat in the centrally located pen which housed the press at every rally soon turned her into the embodiment of fake news itself and a If you paid attention to the 2016 campaign, you had to notice Katy Tur She was a veteran but virtually unknown NBC correspondent assigned to the Trump campaign in its early days when his presidential run was considered to be littlethan a joke Tur s fame grew as Trump gained momentum, and the Donald s angry yet weirdly flirtatious treatment of her as she sat in the centrally located pen which housed the press at every rally soon turned her into the embodiment of fake news itself and a focus for the attention of Trump s increasingly hostile crowd.I followed her closely from the first, pleased with her luck in drawing the Trump card, impressed by her pluck and tenacity, and at times when the boos of at a rally grew in intensity genuinely afraid for her physical safety This was the 2016 campaign memoir I wanted most to read, and I was in no way disappointed.Tur is a savvy, perceptive observer, shrewd enough to know her limitations She doesn t reflect at length on the significance of the campaign, but instead uses an unadorned informal style to tell us the Hollywood version of the story how a plucky thirty something bachelor girl reporter found fame and fortune covering the dark horse and eventual winner of a volatile presidential campaign Tur never loses sight of this basic story, but she finds opportunities along the way to make scores of shrewd observations.Her writing is sharp, filled with just the right details, whether she is describing her break up with her Paris boyfriend Benoit I told him I was too old to fight on the street , her wardrobe I bought the same J Crew sweater in fifteen different colorsalong with a rainbow collection of scarves , or the deterioration of her early sartorial habits under the pressures of the campaign We ve all started dressing like the Saturdays we rarely get off any The structure of the book alternates between a chronological account of the Trump campaign as she experienced it and close up vignettes of election day events and reflections This structures allow Tur to give her book depth and perspective without ever abandoning her casual, colloquial style.I ll end with two examples of that style First, her meeting with Trump before her first sit down interview Certain people have a presence that s bigger than their physical size, an ability to ripple the air They fill the room with significance, or at least with a perfect imitation of it Trump has that kind of presence.And he s orange There s no other way to describe him He s the color of orange marmalade, perhaps a shade darker, like marmalade on toast He also doesn t say hello, exactly, but sort of sings it He smiles and squints, and the sound seems to slip out the side of his face And her reflection at a campaign event in the Mar a lago ballroom It s actually kind of impressiveBut as I watch all this money walk around, as I survey a room of people nipped, tucked, and sucked to their ideal of perfection, I can t help thinking of Trump s rally crowds The people in this room are decidedly not the people at his rallies The rally people arrive in denim, flannel, and thick soled boots They wait for hours, eat whole pizzas in the security line, tattoo Trump s face on their forearms.The people in this ballroom are not the subject of Trump s speeches either Their industries aren t dead Their jobs didn t disappear overseas More likely, these are the people shipping the jobs overseas These are the people slashing budgets and enhancing their own bottom line while the bottom falls out of everyone else s lives.What would the people at Trump s rallies say about the people at his victory parties What would the folks who are fanning Trump s political flames think of all these gilded types trying to warm themselves by Trump s new fire Last week I was driving to work when a woman in an SUV ran a red light and plowed into the side of my car I suffered minor injuries, but my car was totaled While I was recuperating from the crash, I read James Comey s book, A Higher Loyalty And then, because apparently I hadn t suffered enough trauma that week, I read Katy Tur s book, which recounts her experiences as a reporter following Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail from 2015 to 2016 Tur attended dozens of Trump rallie Last week I was driving to work when a woman in an SUV ran a red light and plowed into the side of my car I suffered minor injuries, but my car was totaled While I was recuperating from the crash, I read James Comey s book, A Higher Loyalty And then, because apparently I hadn t suffered enough trauma that week, I read Katy Tur s book, which recounts her experiences as a reporter following Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail from 2015 to 2016 Tur attended dozens of Trump rallies, suffered harassment from him, and repeatedly felt threatened by Trump supporters Reading the Comey and Tur books back to back was like getting hit by a car all over again feelings of shock, nausea, and pain, followed by depression and anxiety The Trump related books and the crash also stirred up similar existential questions, such as WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE and HOW THE FUCK DID THIS HAPPEN Reading Katy Tur s book won t fully answer the How Did This Happen question I don t think any one book or author can ever do that but I ve now read about a half dozen books about America s 2016 election, and Tur s was the first one written by someone who spent a significant amount of time in the Trump rallies and talking with Trump supporters For that reason, I thought it was worth a read Tur s personal story is also interesting, how she went from being a reporter in London to getting caught up in the Trump tornado, and all the stress involved in covering that campaign for broadcast news.Recommended for fans of political or journalism memoirs.Meaningful Passage I ve learned that Trump insists that he has the world s greatest memory, but his vision of the future got him this far I ve learned that Trump has his own version of reality, which is a polite way of saying he can t always be trusted He also brings his own sense of political decorum I ve heard him insult a war hero, brag about grabbing women by the pussy, denigrate the judicial system, demonize immigrants, fight with the pope, doubt the democratic process, advocate torture and war crimes, tout the size of his junk in a presidential debate, trash the media, and indirectly endanger my life I ve learned that none of this matters to an Electoral College majority of American voters They ve decided that this menacing, indecent, post truth landscape is where they want to live for the next four years Look, I get it You can t tell a joke without worrying you ll lose your job Your twenty something can t find work Your town is boarded up Patriotism gets called racism Your food is full of chemicals Your body is full of pills You call tech support and reach someone in India Bills are spiking but your paycheck is not And you can t send your kid to school with peanut butter On top of it all, no one seems to care You feel like you re screaming at the top of your lungs in a room full of people wearing earplugs.I get it.What I don t get are the little old ladies in powder pink MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hats calling me a liar I don t get the men in HILLARY SUCKS BUT NOT LIKE MONICA T shirts I don t get why protesting a broken political system also means you need to protest the very notion of objective truth Is there a not sure I really want to read category Maybe I ll just buy it to support her and then read it in ten years when we have started to heal the damage. I listened to an audio version, that was narrated by the author.Katy s book is very funny She took advantage of a great opportunity to cover a presidential candidate, who many thought had no chance to win Not a great assignment I am glad I chose the audio version Great listen. Even though I zipped through this book,I didn t tremendously warm to Katy Tur as a person She is tough, even a little ruthless and doesn t mind pushing aside personal relationships to pursue her career goals That being said, if she were a man, I think she would have received a clap on the back for her bare faced ambition, so I don t want to be critical of her on that front She does offer a fascinating behind the scenes look at covering Donald Trump during the 2016 election As someone who is Even though I zipped through this book,I didn t tremendously warm to Katy Tur as a person She is tough, even a little ruthless and doesn t mind pushing aside personal relationships to pursue her career goals That being said, if she were a man, I think she would have received a clap on the back for her bare faced ambition, so I don t want to be critical of her on that front She does offer a fascinating behind the scenes look at covering Donald Trump during the 2016 election As someone who is still stunned almost on a daily basis that he actually won, I wasn t sure I could stomach reading about the build up to his victory Though I am glad I did read it, I come away from this book with no much greater sense of clarity Tur s jokey style irritated me at times, because this is not a joke for me or millions of others, but maybe she herself does not quite comprehend what happened last year despite having spent so much time following Trumps every move and tweet I suppose Trump s opponents underestimates the dissatisfaction in many parts of the country and I can understand frustration with the system, but I will never be able to understand why people struggling could believe a man with no experience and countless failed businesses as out of touch with the every man as they come, could be their savior I wish I were wrong and could be positively surprised, but it s been a year and so far I see only growing divisiveness and my yearning for Obama to return to the White House has not dissipated in the least.Findreviews and bookish fun at I expected to like thisthan I did The book needed a better editor It seemed scattered At times, there wasabout Katy, her background and her career than about the Trump campaign I didn t really need to know about her parents and their careers in broadcasting.I think this book probably had a much bigger wow factor when it first came out But now, we ve all been living the horror of Trump as president for almost 2 years Nothing surprises me any We know the stories There s not I expected to like thisthan I did The book needed a better editor It seemed scattered At times, there wasabout Katy, her background and her career than about the Trump campaign I didn t really need to know about her parents and their careers in broadcasting.I think this book probably had a much bigger wow factor when it first came out But now, we ve all been living the horror of Trump as president for almost 2 years Nothing surprises me any We know the stories There s not anything new about Trump s candidacy In fact, every day there continue to be new revelations What was interesting is when she talked to the followers and was discerning what they found appealing about him But even that has lost its novelty I ve been dealing with my Facebook friends that are Trump supporters and no longer have any sense of decency The ones who post things even nastier than Hillary sucks but not like Monica on a regular basis Katy does a good job of narrating her own book Overall, this is a decent story but it just seems very dated For people who followed the 2016 election closely which was probably most of the U.S and probably the world much of the material in this book will not be new However, the perspective from which it is told brought to light things I d never even considered while following the presidential campaigns That journalistic perspective, the life of an on the ground reporter, was really fascinating and my favorite part of reading this The rest of it was a bit infuriating because the reality of the 2016 For people who followed the 2016 election closely which was probably most of the U.S and probably the world much of the material in this book will not be new However, the perspective from which it is told brought to light things I d never even considered while following the presidential campaigns That journalistic perspective, the life of an on the ground reporter, was really fascinating and my favorite part of reading this The rest of it was a bit infuriating because the reality of the 2016 election was quite infuriating Reliving that wasn t super fun but it was interesting to reflect on the major events of the election from the perspective of 1 year post inauguration All in all a very engaging read and one that will be eveninteresting to look back on decades from now 3.5 stars hours,minutes 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 historyTur 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 than , live television reports, listened to endless loops of Elton John s Tiny Dancer a Trump rally playlist stapleFrom dayto day , Tur documented Trump s inconsistencies, fact checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies In return, Trump repeatedly singled out Tur He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against her, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her carNone 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 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habits, food at campaign rallies, and the strange story of her reporter parents we get this While it s a charming book centered around the travails of this spunky, ace reporter, this wasn t the behind the scenes bombshell I was expecting I learned very little about the inside workings of the Trump campaign or off the record shenanigans I did learn about the gonzo chaos of reporting, the bootcamp stress of following a petulant, vulgar candidate who made The Media a caged in villain at his rallies scary I fear that this will confirm for Trump voters that reporters like Tur are indeed Whole Foods shopping, merlot and yoga consuming, unchurched members of the coastal cosmopolitan elite who d rather live in London UK than London, Ohio I don t know Tur the correspondent but I wished Tur the philosophy major had showed up and given this account somegravitas There is a man at my job who voted for the Trump, henceforth known as Cheeto Dust or Orange After Cheeto Dust s victory, said man put up and keeps putting up pictures of the Orange on the boards in the break room Normally, this wouldn t bother me that much free speech But this man also takes down any picture that is anti Orange This anger me It should be equal or not at all.Needless, the women in the break room and quite a few men are mad about this We haven t filed a formal grievence There is a man at my job who voted for the Trump, henceforth known as Cheeto Dust or Orange After Cheeto Dust s victory, said man put up and keeps putting up pictures of the Orange on the boards in the break room Normally, this wouldn t bother me that much free speech But this man also takes down any picture that is anti Orange This anger me It should be equal or not at all.Needless, the women in the break room and quite a few men are mad about this We haven t filed a formal grievence yet because the man in question isn t all bad, and we all are rooting for his grandkid.So, what does this book have to do with that story Everything and nothing.Katy Tur was covering Orange when Cheeto Dust decided to make her a focal point of something Who knows what, Tur doesn t know But the book is a strong reminder that people voted for a man who views women as things and unimportant It is a book about when the man who has it in for you, is the one who you must report on It is a very crazy thing Quite frankly The book is a quick read, and Tur is actually quite sympathic Trump voters less so to Orange himself, but she comes across as fair

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