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Going Rogue: An American Life

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

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GOING ROGUE Is Charming & Delightful Reading

  • Nov 9, 2010
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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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January 31, 2011
Nice review, Ed. I like how you explain it's a autobiography and not a political discussion. Might change the way people read it and understand it.
 
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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.
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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