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Yes, I bought it when it first came out, and yes, I read it very quickly in those first few days. Yes, I pre-ordered it. Yes, I enjoy Sarah, the stories she tells, and what she can bring to any political debate. But knowing how controversial she's been treated in the media and by the general internet community, I wanted to take my time before writing a review. I couldn't say why other than the fact I didn't really look forward to getting clubbed over the head for reading GOING ROGUE, but, now that it's the controversy of her book release has come and gone, I wanted to commit a few words to this space for my own posterity.
GOING ROGUE is a solid biography. It isn't a great biography, but it's very solid. If you approach Sarah with an open mind, then I think this account of her life to date is going to be very well accepted and digested with little harm. If, however, you're looking for great political discourse, this may not be your cup of tea. That isn't a slam at Sarah, even in the slightest; rather, the point I would make is that there really isn't a great indepth discussion of things political here, and I don't think that was her intent. She certainly dedicates that last quarter (or so) of the book toward examining politics thru her own experiences and discussing what she believes, and, just as she does when she communicates, she keeps it simple and on topic. I think that's largely the source of her appeal. I don't think you need any insider brainiac to tell you how or what to think, and I firmly believe that Sarah would support that position. You get farther in life by knowing who you are, where you've come from, and where you're heading by thinking these things through yourself, and if ROGUE tells any story then that's what it told for me ... "know who you are" and "be true to it" if you want to get ahead personally. The media may not love you, and, maybe even, your boss won't love you. But it will make your life livable.
Also, if you're looking for any serious dirt on the McCain/Palin campaign, it isn't here. I think that's what disappointed some of her critics and maybe even some who've followed her since she stepped onto the national stage at the Republican National Convention. Some folks approach conservative leaders much like others may look to gossip columns, insider rumors, and the like, but Sarah doesn't serve up any of that rhetorical garbage. Clearly, she met John McCain and was impressed with the man she met, and I respect her for -- as I've stated -- having the courage and presence of mind to deal with the man she knows and, perhaps, not "McCain the Warrior" or "McCain the Maverick" or whatever political label any media outlet has christened the pol with. Stick with what you know, and Sarah does that.
What I took away from reading ROGUE is that Sarah is a charming person. As much as I may've wanted some prose countering the negative portrayal she was given in the media, she stayed away from that other than a few choice topics. She's a charming person who's led a charming life, and I found her biography quite charming ... not necessarily politically persuasive one way or the other. Just a snapshot of who she is, where she's been, and what ideas she may hold for her future. It kind of underscores what I think we all know but seldom admit to one another: life isn't about grand formulas for success and greatness at the end of the day ... instead, it's an awful lot of hard work and commitment toward positively affecting your own life and those you choose to share it with.
If that's for you, then GOING ROGUE is for you. If that isn't for you ... well, there's always THE HUFFINGTON POST.
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