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Going Rogue: An American Life

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

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The book fails to show that Mrs. Palin is competent to serve in the government

  • Mar 17, 2010
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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 to place him in office, one should be cautious about voting for him.
The same consideration applies if the politicians write fiction or non-fiction that is not autobiographical. Whatever they write they write to get our votes. One thinks of President Kennedy's Profile in Courage, which was clearly composed to impress readers that Kennedy was courageous.
The fact that Sarah Palin admits that her book was written by a ghost-writer does not alter how we evaluate her book. After all, she reviewed what was written and passed on what should be included. Kennedy's book was also ghost-written and so too were many other books by politicians. The issue remains: the politician put the best picture of her or himself forward; does it reflect an intelligent person who is knowledgeable about national and international issues, who is mature and concerned about the interests and future of the general population.
The Palin book is well-written, but does not sound like Mrs. Palin sounds when we hear her speak. She describes herself as a concerned "mom" - the book's blurb touts, as if this was something significant, that she offers a "mom's-eye view of high stakes national politics." However, she fails to demonstrate a politician's political knowledge and competence. And, it is very disturbing to read about her strong religious convictions that appear to be unrealistic and elitist in the sense of "I know what is right and what I know is what all people should do." This is dangerous. There are scholars who are concerned that the United States entered the Iraq War because of President Bush's religious views about what is "right." Whether this understanding of President Bush is true or not, we certainly do not want something like this to happen to us and to our children in the future. Mrs. Palin states repeatedly that she is open to the views of others, but "she protests too much," and other statements and actions seem to contradict her protestations.
It is disturbing also when she or her ghost-writer states that the need to confiscate her children's cell phones during the campaign was "scarier than anything the Obama-Biden camp could throw at us." Equally bothering is her constant attempt to describe herself as "an ordinary woman from a town at the top of the world," at a time when she is being criticized for being out of touch with political realities; the quote seems to show that she is insufficiently cognizant of this criticism. Similar is her naiveté when the book quotes her as saying that her speech writer "was very generous about letting me add my own words." Also, one wonders whether someone else, man or woman, would stress that she had to change her baby's diaper as "the last thing I did before heading down to give the biggest speech of my life" at the convention.
Are these the kind of character traits that a wise politician shows those who are deciding whether to vote for her? And are these the traits that provoke our positive response?

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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 . 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.
review by . November 26, 2009
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 …
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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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