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Going Rogue: An American Life

A 2009 memoir by former American Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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A Normal Book about a Normal person

  • Nov 26, 2009
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Sarah Palin's Going Rogue is an interesting Autobiography that is a lot more and a lot less that a lot of people seem to be making of it.

It has been made out to be an "attack book" but that is a misnomer, it is more of a question of telling one side of the story than a "revenge" book and even that is a very small part of the book told in context

It is a political memoir that really isn't that much about politics.

Rush Limbaugh called it the most substantive policy book he had read, it does have that substance, but it comes out incidentally as part of the story rather than as a book about policy.

It's been called a puff book but if you have actually read it that is an almost impossible conclusion to make.

What the book is can be gleamed right from the cover; an American Life. This book tells the story of a normal American who lived a normal life in her area that fate (or God) steered toward extraordinary things.

The primary focus of the book is clearly family, it is a love letter to her parents, her husband, her children and her God. You really get the feeling that she is can see the blessing that her life has been and share in the joys of them. She has a great love and respect for all of them. Her teenage critique of her Husband to be and the Hilarious scene in the bedroom later in life when he explains the facts of live concerning the Irondog snowmobile race to her are classic. Her kids act like...kids.

To one who is part of the elite the style might be strange, to the liberal mind it might seem phony but the clue to this book resides in a totally different one by a totally different author. In Norah Vincent's book about her year living as a man: Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Backshe talks about the reverence men on her bowling team had for their wives and families. It is exactly that small town reverence that comes across in this book. It is the same reverence I see from the guys at the Knights of Columbus, that I hear from people at church and the diner.

This book is a book all about family, the stories of local, state and national politics are all incidental to it. When talking about others she tends to talk about family, even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler the topic is family. When talking about John McCain and his wife Cindy, the subject is family even when she first mentions Nicole Wallace it is in the context of family.

When I read this book I couldn't help seeing my mother and my father in it. I suspect that thousands who read it will see the same. This is the reason why she resonates and will continue to do so. When people say she is one of us, they MEAN it.

That being said you will get some of the politics. It is clear from the volume that her pet peeve are phony people. Considering her realness this is not surprising. This is where Wallace, Couric and some in Alaska get their hits. For this reason I think Steve Schmidt comes off much better than has been suggested in the press, the differences seem to be in strategy, his moves might have been wrong but I think it's more analogous to a manager who is given a player by the GM that he didn't want trying to fit that player into an already settled plan. I suspect she respects him and given another shot might do much better.

This book is also not politically correct. There is one photo in particular that will make some heads at PETA explode.

If you want to understand Sarah Palin and her life's focus this is the book for you. I would especially recommend it to those who only see the caricature painted by the press and are pushing that caricature even in Amazon tags. Their fear of her is palatable, for those able to conquer that fear and actually read the book it will be illuminating.

I'd advise you to buy it but with 700,000 copies already sold, you are way ahead of me.

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review by . November 09, 2010
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, …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I probably oughtn't rate it, since I couldn't finish it. However, that's my review: I just couldn't take any more of it. It just doesn't seem the slightest bit real, or realistic, or have any aspect of reality in it. I'll not descend into flaming or name-calling; I simply can't believe that the sky is blue in this woman's world.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Sarah Palin should just die already.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Strong women have always offended the brainwashed masses.
review by . December 06, 2009
Living the American Dream
Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin Book Review by Bob Kellemen   Book Details   *Author: Sarah Palin (with Lynn Vincent)   *Publisher: HarperCollins(2009) *Category: Autobiography, Politics *ISBN and Length: 978-0061997877, 413 Pages   Recommended: Going Rogue offers Sarah Palin’s fast-paced, well-written, personal account of her American life from her relative obscurity in Alaska to her meteoric rise as John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate.   …
review by . March 17, 2010
Politicians write books to show how they excel as leaders and why they should be recognized as fit to represent the public in government offices, and this is what readers should look for when they evaluate their books. One thinks of the first President Bush's autobiography in which his most significant prior accomplishment seemed to have been the placement of new doors on the CIA building. If this is the best that the politician can write about himself when he is attempting to persuade us to vote …
review by . December 08, 2009
As shown by the reviews on this site, most people are judging this book based upon their political persuasions. That's unfortunate because many people probably want to know whether or not this is a good book, not the reviewer's political party. Sarah Palin is a fascinating political figure and, liberal or conservative,* I think Americans would do well to get to know her better.    So, the book - Going Rogue: An American Life. I really wanted to learn more about Sarah Palin, but …
review by . December 05, 2009
Sarah Palin tells her story in her own way in GOING ROGUE. I gained a new appreciation for her love of family yet her savvy ability to lead as a politician who walks to the beat of a different drum. The book is insightful about what happened in the last political campaign and gives a different perspective than you will ever find in the media.     I enjoyed this book and recommend you read it and decide for yourself.
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Going Rogue: An American Life is a memoir by former American Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, co-written by ghostwriter Lynn Vincent of San Diego, and edited by Adam Bellow, son of novelist Saul Bellow, for HarperCollins. The release date is slated for November 17, 2009. The book's title is a reference to a phrase that arose during the latter part of the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin embraced it after the question, "Has Sarah Palin 'gone rogue'?", appeared in the lead of an article in the magazine, Slate. The subtitle, "An American Life", is the same as the title of Ronald Reagan's autobiography.

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ISBN-10: 0061939897
ISBN-13: 978-0061939891
Author: Sarah Palin
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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