Unbelievable by Katy Tur


7 hours, 46 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 history.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,...

Details Unbelievable

Release DateSep 12th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Biography

Reviews Unbelievable

  • Will Byrnes
    Prologue: Trump Victory Party New York Hilton Midtown 10:59 P.M. Election Day I’m about to throw up. I so wish she had said “I think I’m gonna barf,” but we can’t have everything. NBC reporter Katherine Bear “Katy” Tur was not alone in feeling that way. In fact, a wave of nausea has been crisscrossing the nation ever since that day that will live in infamy, trapped in a seemingly endless back and forth sloshing. Tur had more reason ...
  • Bill Kerwin
    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 little more than 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...
  • Ij
    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.
  • Chris
    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 ma...
  • Maxwell
    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...
  • Chelsea
    In an election where our electorate was not just divided between political parties, but between fact and fiction, journalists like Katy Tur fought against a candidate who ran against the media reporting the campaign as they saw it. Pulling back the curtain of MSNBC's Road Warriors to show the real people in front of (and behind, hi Anthony Terrell!) the cameras, in front of the candidates and their supporters. An insightful look at the culture th...
  • Betsy Nelson
    A good reminder of why to resistKaty's start to finish recalling of the two year American travesty that was the Trump presidential campaign highlights (I literally highlighted as I read) two contemporaneous realities: the frightening power of mob mentalities to bring out the worst in otherwise decent individuals to our nation's peril and the absolutely essential role of a free press to bear witness to the actual facts traditionally considered to ...
  • Allison
    Politics aside (if anyone is able to do that these days), I thought these was a really interesting view into political reporting, and how Tur and her peers survived on the endless and exhausting 2016 election campaign. I listened to the audio version, and Tur did an excellent job straddling the line between her news anchor voice and imbuing it with personality and inflection. Were parts of this personally difficult for me to listen to? Yep. But I...
  • Elliot Ratzman
    Katy Tur was a philosophy major in college, but you don’t find out about this in the book. About her love life, drinking 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-...
  • Cody
    "That's why I'm sitting in an office in 30 Rock, thinking about the old RCA building and waiting for Donald Trump to call me. Apparently tweeting that I should be fired, calling me a liar in front of millions of people on national television, and receiving death threats from his followers shortly thereafter was not enough punishment. He wants penance. He wants groveling. He wants to hear those two precious words. And until he gets them, he says, ...
  • ☮Karen
    If I had a special shelf on Goodreads for horror books, this would be on it. NBC news correspondent Katy Tur followed Trump's campaign for 18 months or so and was asked to turn her notes into a book. She takes the last day, election day 2016, and slowly reveals the shock and horror of it piecemeal, mixed in with the chronology of events leading up to it. I did enjoy hearing her narrate the book herself, revealing ways Trump called her out sometim...
  • David Molloy
    AwfulSelf centered. The book isn't about Trump's campaign as a whole, it is limited just to Katy's role in covering Trump's campaign, and her personal interactions with Trump, and his Tweets about her, and how little sleep she got covering the campaign,. Katy also ate a lot of bad food. She goes on about how difficult it was for her to deal with the secret service, And how brutal it was having to sometimes do hourly on air updates.In short, she t...
  • Gina
    This is one of the best non-fiction political books I have ever read. Yes, I will admit my bias; I am not a fan of Trump in any way shape or form. I will also add that I listened to the Audible version while reading. The author, and now anchor woman, Katy Tur, narrates the book and hearing her very personal (at times) story in her voice made the book so much more interesting. During the campaign, I saw the news clips everyone else saw, but this w...
  • Shaun
    Well, I’ve learned that Trump insists that he has “the world’s greatest memory,” but his vision of the future go 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 p...
  • Jessica
    Unbelievable offers an insightful first draft of historyI'll preface this by saying that I honestly don't watch TV news on the reg, and so I didn't pick this up because I'm a huge Katy Tur fan - I had to Google her to see what she looks like. But her reputation for sticking with Trump and offering useful commentary night after night convinced me to give her book a whirl. I'm glad I did. Tur writes directly and, as far as I can tell, honestly abou...
  • Mary Ann
    I cannot write a full review of this book-too political and, for me, too painful. To get the basics out of the way, it's very well-written (Katy knows her grammar), fast-paced, and engaging. Voters who supported Donald Trump, regardless of party, will probably not read it, or, if they do, will not believe a word. Voters who did not support Donald Trump, regardless of party, may not read it, and if they do, already know the facts. Tur did not ask ...
  • Mark
    Katy Tur, a NBC News correspondent, has a much stronger constitution than I have and a much better stomach. If I had to spend 500 days, with Donald J. Trump, I would have contemplated ending my life. Tur was handed this assignment in 2015 but never thought Trump would survive the duration but she slowly became aware of his rising, cult-like popularity and soon had the unsettling feeling he was going to win it all.This is not an easy read, as Tur ...
  • Mehrsa
    It was like reading your girlfriends diary about the election so it's fine if that's what you're into, but there's a lot more in there about Katie than there is about Trump. I think In this genre, Matt Taibbi's insane clown car president is better
  • Gary Anderson
    No one brings the crazy quite like Donald J. Trump. Now imagine being assigned the unenviable task of objectively explaining his elliptical frothings to the vast NBC/MSNBC audience. For more than five hundred days, that was journalist Katy Tur’s job.Tur’s new book Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History sheds light on the difficulties involved in reporting from a campaign so light on policy and heavy on pe...
  • Louise
    In this short fast paced book Katy Tur takes you through her “unbelievable” journey as NBC’s correspondent in the Trump campaign. She had had varied NBC assignments and enjoyed her life abroad when she was thrust into this job.. She was unseasoned on political beats but Trump was not perceived as a serious candidate and this was not expected to be a long assignment. Tur takes us right into the maelstrom. From the start, Trump can (and does)...
  • Steve
    Quick take: perfect (accurate) title; crazy story (particularly if you like, I dunno, disaster movies); and a highly personal account (which, my guess, will polarize readers).Full disclosure: I only met the author once, and I spent less than an hour with her. I haven't regularly watched TV news for decades, so I wasn't familiar with her or her work when I met her, but she mentioned this book project, so ... I was curious to read it when it came o...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    For those of us who follow the network news via NBC, Katy Tur is a familiar face, a journalist of clear, concise commentary. Here she tells of her experiences in covering the Trump campaign and what she witnessed and experienced behind the scenes and in front of the camera, shifting back and forth between the night of November 8 and the backstory. She also tells of her own family history, of how reporting the news was actually a family business, ...
  • Denise Cormaney
    I got so angry at times listening to this book. Between the Trump madness and the bullshit Katy endured as a woman, there were times that I could feel my blood start to boil. But mostly I finished this book with a deep admiration for the author. She is young, she is a woman, and she refused to be intimidated by Trump and his supporters, including some who literally spit in her face and issued constant death threats. She is a total badass.
  • Karla
    I guess I made the mistake of opting for the audiobook version. Usually I'd rather an author read their own stuff since they know the material better than a contracted microphone drone, but in this case...yikes. If you love vocal fry - and I mean, intense vocal fry that in spots would make a Kardashian cringe - then the 8 hours of Tur's whiny nasal crackle will fly by. However, I want a damn medal for getting through it. Holy hell, shouldn't eloc...
  • Missy
    Before Unbelievable I don't think I had read a memoir by a reporter. As I was reading the book, and after thinking about it - as well as listening to an interview with the author on Fresh Air - I came to realize that Tur's profession is what really makes this book. That may sound like a stunningly obvious comment; after all, Unbelievable is an account of a reporter's experience following a presidential candidate. The subject matter isn't the impo...
  • Michelle
    I’m never going on vacation. I’m never seeing my friends. I’m never getting my bed back. My brutal, crazy, exasperating year with Trump is going to end—by not ending at all. Trump will be president. The most powerful person in the world. And I will be locked in a press pen for the rest of my life. Does anyone really believe he’ll respect term limits? I have a vision of myself at sixty, Trump at a hundred, in some midwestern convention h...
  • John
    I feel bad saying this, but I just couldn't get into the book. When the author stuck to politics, it was okay, but she lost me when it veered into her personal life, or life on the road as a reporter. She and I did not "bond" (as they say).
  • Katie
    "Donald Trump went on to Washington, of course. He may or may not still be there by the time you read these words."Katy Tur's account of the 2016 Election is both comical and sobering. At one point she aptly compares covering the election results to the feeling of missing the last step of a staircase. She upended her life to cover Trump as a presidential candidate, an assignment that no one expected to last more than a few weeks. Tur even mention...