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|From her humble beginnings to her time in the spotlight as the first female Republican Vice President candidate, Sarah Palin has led an extraordinary life. Here, she shares insights into her political--and personal--challenges.|
One year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage like a comet. Yet even now, few Americans know who this remarkable woman really is.As chief executive of America's largest state, Sarah Palin had built a record as a reformer who pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector energy infrastructure project in U.S. history. She was also a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue-collar union man, and mother of five children.In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics-from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey, and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.
|Number Of Pages||592 pages|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
|Truly one of the most substantive policy books I've ever read|
Truly one of the most substantive policy books I've ever read (Rush Limbaugh)
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Seldom has the normally boring genre of Biography seemed to ignite a firestorm on both sides of the Liberal and Conservative fence. On Nov. 17th, the much anticipated Sarah Palin's autobiography (penned with help) was released. It's almost impossible to conceive that all of the Palin Hoopla has occured within the short space of one year. Palin was demonized continually by those who saw her as a female Dan Quayle, and this book largely was written to do two things:
- help pay for her $1.5 million lawyer fees from having to defend 18 seperate gubernatorial violations, all of which, quietly, have vindicated her. She explains in the book that she doesn't feel too guilty about leaving her governor's position since she was forced, in her personal life, to have to defend herself from frivolous lawsuits.
In any case, this book should raise more than enough to settle the score financially.
- The right to answer her critics. In her eyes, she was held back from politically answering several misspeaks, concession speechs at the end, responding to internal conflicts with McCain, and even being able to finally address the slanderous blogging (i.e. the daughter's baby REALLY being Palin's, which has to be the Democrats equivalent of believing in the Obama Birther theory.)
She talks about how her heart was torn when she heard that her daughter was pregnant, but notified the Republican Party immediately, apparently to stave off any impending scandal , which happened anyway despite all the Republican's efforts to make it sound like a normal American social problem of teen pregnancy. Palin describes her own pregnancy, and how she even contemplated the pros and cons of succumbing to pro-choice if need be. In the end, her faith guided her decision to keep the baby, but the anguish she writes about is real, and something millions of other women have faced.
Is the book a 'Complainer document' as claimed by some? The Left will say yes, and will largely only read blogs to get the gist of the book. The Right will be split down the middle on this issue. There is little doubt that she has the right to set the record straight since during most of the campaign, there were internal gag orders on not rocking the boat.
So what is the No Spin synopsis of this book? This is an insider's look at how quickly and dangerously politicans can suddenly be brought to life in the national spotlight; it's about the infighting, and how to keep face even when losing; it's about family loss, it's an answer to a threat; a look at what extreme rural America lives like and how events can spiral out of control with painful personal results.
There are NOT a bunch of segments of political platforms, or points of views. Palin critics will probably say that the book is not literate enough, that there's not too many deep thoughts in it, and probably an overemphasis of emotional discussions. But that is Sarah Palin- and she represents, to many, the other Forgotten Half of the country that is NOT in a major city or has New York, Chicago or LA values. Maybe that's why she is hated so much from the networks which are ALL located in either Los Angeles or New York city. They can't relate to her, and call her phony. Well, she decribes a totally different point of view from the other side of the mirror.
The Republican ROOKIE OF THE YEAR has a long way to go to get her credibility back, but I see nothing outrageous in this book that will stop that from being repaired.
My response to her book is "Please, just go away." Since she's already in Alaska, apparently that is not far away enough. My other question derived from reading a woman who seems to be so publicly admitting that she cannot manage her own life, a public office or any other job, is this:
Is all Sarah Palin good enough at doing focusing upon herself and what has been done to her, or rather against her, by a myriad of public figures whose ranks she can not come close to publicly climbing over backs to become any kind of part thereof?
This 'book' is an embarassment considering it makes it abundantly clear that the running mate Sen. McCain once chose to be the US's VP is not even qualified to hold a public office in her own home state.
Why in the world this overly eager beaver to be in the media has made so public her personal situations that should be left with the rest of her dirty laundry 'tis a puzzlement. (To put it kindlier than I actually should).
Why can't this dead in the political arena martyr get it into her mind that she needs to go home?
Mrs. Sarah Palin, you political career and aspirations are over. Hear us now. Go home and stay home, in Alaska, where you obviously belong. Take this, the lengthiest of whining sob stories north with you when you go because it's one of the worst grouped together and bound bunch of pages of drivel I've ever reviewed~
This monologue seems to be a endless tirade of self-defensive self-pity. Granted that Palin has mismanaged her domestic life to the degree that it is a wreck. Some may feel sympathy or empathy for her, especially since she pleads for either. I couldn't hold her out as any type of role model for my sons or daughters unless it were as an example of what participating in power-grabbing follies will get one into.
Poor judgement, running away from tough questions that needed to be answered, now returning in controlled print and not before well educated and highly trained people of political discourse seems cowardly, at best.
At worst, buying this book is participating in helping Palin pay off hers and her childrens' debts by pretending her story has the vaguest interest to a majority of the world. This reviewer isn't that gullible.
How Mrs. Palin ever got into public office had to have been another one of those American moments of voter insanity (like the 1999-2003 Presidential elections). Here in the US we have clueless followers who push buttons by the most outlandish of names; rigged elections; racial profiling of election offices; and Judicial appointments of President and Vice President! It shouldn't surprise a soul that Mrs. Palin comes forth now through this profiteering publisher to make money.
That's it! This book is a say-anything-that-sounds-preposterous to make a public enough splash to sell the book.
It's horribly written; the content is sniveling sour grapes; it's political and that's always personal. There doesn't seem to much doubt among critical readers that this is bunk.
Hopefully, it will help to drive the nails into Mrs. Palin's political coffin.