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

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The NBC news correspondent assigned to cover the Trump campaign for the 2016 presidential election shares her perspective on witnessing Trump's unexpected campaign successes.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062684929
Branch Call Number: 324.973 TUR
Characteristics: xii, 291 pages : maps ; 22 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

Quick read. The book is a series of flashbacks between election night in 2016 and the Trump campaign with fleeting glimpses into her personal life. She leaves out the juicy tidbit that she met her future husband Tony Dokoupil in the make-up room of NBC. He's now with CBS. At the end of the book, she hints at their romance (the 400 square foot apartment) and asks "Do we have time to get married now?" at the end of the acknowledgments.

I read this book between Hillary Clinton's What Happened which I didn't like and Michael Wolff's brilliant Fire and Fury (thank you, UW Bookstore) which I loved.

I wish Ms. Tur had more timely articulated and exposed the racist underbelly of Trump's campaign.

mawls Dec 30, 2017

Great for any news junkies or anyone curious about a reporter's life on the road, this takes a look into the not-so-distant past election. The writing is engaging and it includes personal anecdotes of an insider's look to being on the campaign trail. The format alternates between election day and the road up to it.

Dec 29, 2017

I thought I may be bored reading this since I kept up on the campaign while it was going on, but Katy brings out info that was not seen on tv. I am deeply saddened by the lack of any civility by some of Trump's supporters. The language they used toward media was shameful. I cannot understand where they think the kind of language they are using toward anyone that does not support Trump makes them look intelligent. It does the very opposite.

Dec 07, 2017

Until we can get the full story - hopefully of Trump's impeachment and unceremonious exit from the world stage - I'll settle for getting a story from the run-up to his election. Katy Tur does a good job at telling her story. I think there will be more interesting, insider stories which will reach us in the future (a journalist can't really be considered an insider to the total behind the scenes truth about the campaign) but Ms. Tur does a nice job of telling an interesting story while interspersing a bit about her own personal life as well. The book does a good and enjoyable job of introducing me to Katy Tur as well as to that awful orange man.

Nov 14, 2017

So fun, so fast-paced, so interesting, so unbelievable! Katy Tur is one of a kind, a talented and exceptional, gifted writer with an amazing story.

Unfortunately, it was not a story I could read at this point in time. I just finished reading Hillary Clinton's "What Happened" and thought this would be a nice bookend to that side of things. Not! The craziness of this side of things, the undisciplined behavior, the amateurish unprofessionalism, the lack of seriousness of the whole Trump campaign was difficult to relive.

Ultimately, I had to stop. Maybe I'll pick it up in another year, as it's so well written and descriptive of a once-in-a-lifetime election. But maybe not. It seems like I need some distance between Trump and this book, and that isn't happening currently.

Nov 05, 2017

Good book. I enjoyed the story, the style and the perspicacity. Katy Tur admirably keeps her s*** together, despite a deluge of truly terrible characters--all of whom are, unfortunately, real people.

Oct 27, 2017

Katy Tur wrote a very interesting book. Very refreshing in her tone. Very factual. If you love Trump you probably will not like this book even tho she doesn't call him out on his malignant narcissism. I watch Katy Tur on MSNBC and like and respect her a lot. I found this book to be a page turner from her personal life to her on the road reporting.

Oct 24, 2017

Outstanding read. Could not put it down. I thought Ms Tur held up pretty well covering the hectic schedule of Donald Trump through his campaign and into his presidency not to mention being openly bullied and threatened by Trump and his supporters.

Oct 22, 2017

Katy Tur did absolutely amazing job. Her book is captivating, very well researched, documented and written. It contains details and personal reflections that you won’t find anywhere. I, along with Katy Tur, find Mr. Trump quite unbelievable - as an individual, as a politician, as a character. This book provides first hand explanations and descriptions of Mr. Trump’s supporters including their behaviors encouraged by their leader. The book, from my viewpoint, is a piece of history that once Mr. Trump gone, will be studied to understand how America got itself in what can only be described as a reality show. In addition, if you study journalism or know someone who wants to be a reporter, Katy’s book provides an excellent account of what a daily work of (an honest) reporter entails. I appreciate that Katy didn’t take sides and simply told her story leaving it to us to judge her characters. Katy also shows that bullying - it doesn’t matter where it comes from - should never be tolerated. If you’re interested, Katy’s interview with President Trump, the one described in the book, is available on YouTube.

Sep 15, 2017

Why is the book getting only 3 stars when no reviews even appear?


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