Unbelievable - Katy Tur


By Katy Tur

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 403 Ratings



“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?


  • Unbelievable

    By Hopeful in CO
    I bought the audiobook of Unbelievable which was my first mistake. Ms Tur reads it herself and her voice and whiny modulation is very hard to listen to. I also don’t want to hear about her personal life, her Paris boyfriend, frat party antics on the airplane (using meal trays to slide down the aisle on take-off), etc. I feel I have wasted my money and some time on this adolescent telling of a serious subject.
  • Unbelievable

    By readerdale
    I had no idea how Katy could make a book about covering the Trump campaign interesting. I followed her every day on NBC/MSNBC and squirmed at every unsavory detail she reported. Though her book was torture in a way, reliving those awful days beginning with that trip down the escalator, knowing the outcome and the continuing madness of trump, Katy told her “unbelievable” story in a very believable, personal, interesting, humorous way. Her gig in London would have been enough for most, but she went for it. I’m so glad she did. Congratulations Katy!
  • Incredible Read

    By Ashley Zavislak
    Could not put it down. Wonderful writing and view of the campaign trail along with personal stories thrown in.
  • An incredible book from a credible journalist

    By EthanH71
    Disclosure: I’ve done work with MSNBC and indirectly with Katy Tur (we don’t know each other). Her book is not only a well-documented, fact-based chronicle of political history, but also a fun look at the wilder days of L.A. TV and radio news, which she literally grew up around. She shares a good deal of her personal experiences dealing with monumental change in her career and life, just as Washington began to face some monumental change of its own. A delight to read from cover to cover.
  • Independent

    By Independent345
    Overwhelmingly biased.
  • Fascinating

    By Cdsimon
    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. A unique bird's-eye view of what really happened. Well written
  • Personal diary of the election

    By adamschopper
    Not what I was expecting. Not much political analysis. Read Hillary’s book. Far more insightful.
  • Get to know what’s behind it all

    By Kaluga5
    Am so weary of seeing or hearing about DJT, but really loved spending time with this book. It is satisfying in every way and utterly engaging. Perfectly structured, a most unique perspective, and absolutely everything you want to know. Katy Tur is my new hero—scrappy, shrewd, ambitious, self-revealing and grounded. I appreciated her on the trail, her look, her voice, her demeanor, and this book fills in everything behind the scenes. The chapter on her parents is gold, as are the gracious acknowledgments at the end.
  • Revealing

    By Reghrdggh
    Refreshing that the author is so honest about her disdain for everything American. The author is very shallow and out of touch with the average americans that she looks down on. "...after a Trump campaign event, my cameraman and I felt threatened at a Panera's Bread, it seemed that everyone was looking at us. We ran out as fast as we could and headed back to NYC, abandoning our barely touched salads." Tur cries heartbrokenly when NBC execs suggest that she move back to the U.S. to cover the campaign (she had been commuting from London for months).
  • Unbelievable

    By NormanBB
    Great book. Katy Tur’s story is so honest and timely. The morning news is filled with the President’s national anthem remarks and the reactions. We voters had to see this nonsense coming. Katy Tur gives a first-hand account of what happened during the campaign. She deserves our thanks and I hope that the book is a huge best-seller. Norman Teigen Hopkins MN