Sarah Palin - Going Rogue

Going Rogue – Sarah Palin
Harper Collins - November 2009
 
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.
 
On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world.
 
As chief executive of America’s largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. And while revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol' boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel.
 
Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn’t a packaged and over-produced candidate. She was a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue-collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom is serving his country in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Palin’s hometown story touched a populist nerve, rallying hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans to the GOP ticket.
 
But as the campaign unfolded, Palin became a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Supporters called her "refreshing" and "honest," a kitchen-table public servant they felt would fight for their interests. Opponents derided her as a wide-eyed Pollyanna unprepared for national leadership. But none of them knew the real Sarah Palin.
 
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.
 
Review
 
Going Rogue gives Palin's account of herself from the times of her humble beginnings to her time in the spotlight as she led an extraordinary life. She recounts her political experiences, her time as Mayor of Wasilla and as the first female governor of Alaska, as well as her fast ascend on the national stage during the 2008 campaign. In addition, she shares insights into the individual challenges she has faced -- including juggling her time as a working mother, supporting the war in Iraq with her son serving there, having a child with a disability, and dealing with an adolescent daughter becoming pregnant out of wedlock.
Some of the many revelations in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue:
  • What it was like growing up in the wilds of Alaska, with loving parents who taught her old-fashioned, all-American values like self-reliance and compassion for others
  • How her priorities in life were set early: faith (she would read scripture each night before bed), hunting, current events and sports (she even dreamed of being a broadcaster alongside Howard Cosell)
  • A voracious reader: her favorites included John Steinbeck's The Pearl and George Orwell's Animal Farm
  • How, long before Tina Fey parodied her on Saturday Night Live, Palin enjoyed watching the show as a girl
  • How she met her future husband, Todd Palin -- and why he was like no one she had ever known: strong and spiritual
  • Her decision to enter politics: how, and why, it happened
  • The unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother
  • How, as Alaska governor, Palin built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: energy independence, ethics reform, and the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history
  • How, while revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol' boys club" at their own game
  • How she learned that John McCain wanted her to run for VP with him, at an Alaska State Fair in August 2008
  • Inside the campaign: A rare, mom's-eye view of high- stakes national politics -- from patriots dedicated to "Country First," to slick politicos bent on winning at the cost of conservative principle
  • How Palin rewrote the official campaign statement about her daughter Bristol's pregnancy -- only to watch in horror as a TV news anchor read the original statement, which seemed to glamorize Bristol's situation
  • How McCain campaign aides limited her access to the media -- leading to unfounded allegations that she was avoiding reporters -- and also denied Palin the chance to speak on election night
  • How ABC newsman Charles Gibson, in his interview with her, seemed bored by substantive issues stemming from her time as governor -- preferring instead to posture from behind his glasses like a disapproving principal
  • How the idea to meet with Katie Couric came from a McCain aide (and Couric pal) who told Palin that Couric liked and admired her, and the interview would help boost Couric's sagging ratings and self-esteem
  • How Couric and CBS left out the substance of her hours of interviews, settling instead for "gotcha" moments
  • How, post-election, Palin ran up huge legal bills defending against frivolous ethics complaints by her enemies, leading in part to her resignation as governor
  • The $50,000 bill she received to pay for the McCain campaign vetting her for the VP nod -- which they told her they'd have paid only if he'd won
  • Sarah Palin's vision of a way forward for America -- and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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