This book got me into some trouble–well, this book and the other four I brought on vacation, which formed a solid, suspicious, sharp-edged block that caused a TSA agent to inform me that she needed to search my bag.
I’m not sure what she thought I was carrying, but we had a friendly, relieved chuckle over my “dangerous” luggage.
This interlude didn’t take too long, and I was soon on my way to a warmer climate, to relax.
I bring this up because TV reporter Katy Tur, the author of this fast-moving book, subtitled My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, had to travel EVERY DAY and never seemed to have a minute to herself in the 500-plus days after Donald Trump took an escalator ride in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president. She was living in London as a foreign correspondent for NBC and happened to be in New York one day, when she sort of fell into the assignment of covering the Trump “campaign,” which no one expected to last very long. “Six weeks, tops,” her boss said.
We all know how that turned out.
I admit I hadn’t expected to enjoy this book as much as I did. I had already lived through the news. Once was enough, I thought. But actually, seeing the insider perspective of a news reporter on the beat—and particularly a female news reporter, trying to live her life while engaged in such a contentious, demanding job—was fascinating. And fast-paced. And often funny (even beginning with the book’s dedication, which reads, “For the love of God”).
You should check it out.