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Going Rogue: An American Life
Going Rogue An American Life
Author: Sarah Palin
From her humble beginnings to her time in the spotlight as the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate,Sarah Palin has led an extraordinary life. Going Rogue will recount her political experiences,her time as Mayor of Wasilla and as the first female governor of Alaska,as well as her rapid rise on the national stage during the 2008 ca...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061939891
ISBN-10: 0061939897
Publication Date: 11/17/2009
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 190 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Governor Palin was obviously unprepared for the national political scene, but vice versa. The best part of the book for me was her take on the 2008 campaign and the way McCain's team (not necessarily McCain, himself) essentially threw her under the bus. The first 2/3 of the book is her biography, which is very interesting when she describes growing up in Alaska, but kind of tedious when she details the political scene in that state. Keeping in mind that this is her personal spin on everything, it is obvious that there is much more to her story than is being shared, probably because of her future aspirations.

At times she is all sour grapes, especially when she discusses her infamous interview with Katie Couric. And her jabs at Obama (mild), Democrats, the media and vegans show a general disrespect for those with which she disagrees. She is not as venomous as Ann Coulter, but Palin speaks with the voice of a divider and not a uniter. She also showcases her thin grasp of both the political process and global affairs throughout the second half of the book. But her compassion for special needs children and her pledge to have government do more for them makes one believe she might be able to effect a positive change in that sphere, should she choose to focus on that important work.

I was interested in her story because I wanted to get it straight from her and not from the national media she so abhors (a somewhat justified position). Whether or not the reader is a political supporter of Gov. Palin, her story is quite fascinating.
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I wasn't sure I was all that interested in reading this, but I got it as a gift and I loved it! I was always a fan of Palin's during the campaign, and this book was a real eye-opener to what she is really all about and her background. The first half of the book deals with her growing up and early years with her husband and her first jobs in the public sector. The second half of the book starts with the McCain camp calling her up and the campaign and the aftermath. She clarifies a lot of the lies and half-truths that were circulating about her during the campaign (and after) and the reason why she wasn't able to defend herself or even have her Alaska staff clarify. I recommend this one for anyone who has an interest in politics or seeing America change for the better.
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BORING!!!!! I made it 125 pages until I started skimming and then gave up altogether. It started out well enough, but it lost my attention after she was elected governor. Rest assured, she has never done anything wrong, she is a wonderful mother, politician (even though she is so unconventional that she is not a politician at all) and wonderful human being. That being said, regardless of her political aspirations etc, I think she is just a regular person who got caught up in a lifestyle she was not ready for. I attempted the read because I though she was just a rregular person, but I think some Washington has seeped in, especially given she almost broke her arm patting herself on the back!
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Must read for all voters.

You cannot read this book and not be impressed. I pity the poor souls who rely on the main stream media - CNN, MSNBC, the networks, NY Times, etc. for all their Palin "facts".

Of course they are going to lie to you. Get the real story from "Going Rogue".
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In reading this book, I learned who Sarah Palin is, where she came from, and a little bit of what she stands for.
For a first book, I feel she has accomplished exactly what she had set out to accomplish. She wanted to let people get a look at her, her family and her level of government experience. While reading the book there are several things you may want to concider. If you like her, you'll like the book. If you don't like her you won't like the book, but you will get a personal view of her drive and determination.
Now, I personally think that she has set the political agendas (liberals, consertives and progressives alike) on their ear. Yes, she is a lightening rod of a personality, but I believe that is EXACTLY what our country needs at this time.
Take a momemt to open your mind and you will begin to understand where she is coming from in her political views. Keep your mind closed and... well, you get the point.
I enjoyed the book, but I kept in mind that this is only her perspective and her history, nothing more, nothing less.
I read for the enjoyment of reading and I enjoyed this read.
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My friend Ron likes the cute pictures of Todd on the inside and the back cover.
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It lets the reader see a side of her that the media distorted. A good read.
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This book was well written, and an easy read for the most part. I only found it a bit confusing when the writer described the political aspects of certain issues because Im not well versed in those areas. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and learning the story behind Sarah Palins journey in life and across the campaign trail. I appreciated her candid voice, and spirit. Her writing was clear and the chapters all flowed together well for me. I also liked the pictures that were included.

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