Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, by Katy Tur (2017)

This semi-memoir from reporter Katy Tur, who was assigned to cover Donald Trump’s reverberating presidential campaign for its duration, left me ambivalent: On one hand, as a writer, Tur isn’t particularly adept at narrative-based storytelling, preferring instead to alternate between factual, by-the-numbers writing and ad hoc non-sequiturs throughout, which has the unfortunate impact of making several passages difficult to follow. On the other hand, the subject itself is so fascinating, with Tur reporting with some degree of specificity and insider credibility on what truly was a disruptive, divisive and intense presidential election. In the end, Tur’s on-the-road experience is believable and thorough, but her narrative writing holds her back from reaching greatness with what could have been a revealing and insightful first-hand account of an American dividing itself more each passing day.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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