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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062010964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062010964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart. I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free.

Since the publication of her bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, in 2009, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has traveled the country extensively. She has visited cities and towns in almost every state, dropped in on military bases, given talks and speeches to small groups and at massive rallies. Throughout her travels, she has been privileged to meet thousands of Americans—ordinary men and women who have shared with her their hopes and dreams, their love of country, and their fears about what lies ahead. Governor Palin, inspired by these encounters, celebrates in her new book the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country a beacon of liberty and hope for the rest of the world.

America by Heart is a highly personal testament to her deep love of country, her strong roots in faith, and her profound appreciation of family. Ranging widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, Governor Palin reflects on the key values that have been such an essential part of her own life and that continue to inform her vision of America’s future. The book also includes brief readings from classic and contemporary texts that have moved and inspired her, as well as portraits of Americans, both famous and obscure, whom she admires.

Informed by Palin’s own principles and deepest feelings, graced with intimate memories, this remarkable book gives us a close-up view of an extraordinary woman who is not afraid to speak out and defend the American values in which she so deeply believes.

A Look Inside America by Heart
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I play with 19-month-old Trig while Bristol supports her one-year-old son, Tripp, on his toy elephant during Tripp’s birthday party in our Wasilla home.
(Photo © Shealah Craighead)
After an interview near the Statue of Liberty Glenn Beck and I pose for Fox News on January 13, 2010. Glenn and I share an appreciation for Lady Liberty. America’s most famous symbol for freedom-loving immigrants serves as an inspiration to all: America, continue to be exceptional, hard-working, faithful, and free.     
(Photo © Shealah Craighead)
The Restoring Honor rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on August 28, 2010, in Washington, D.C., drew an estimated 500,000 people. Glenn Beck headlined the peaceful patriot celebration on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The words King spoke 47 years earlier changed the course of civil rights in America for the better. His niece Dr. Alveda King graced us with her presence at our rally that warm Washington day.
(Photo © Shealah Craighead)

From Booklist

If Palin’s first book, Going Rogue (2009), was about settling scores, this one is designed, as the subtitle implies, to show a thoughtful Sarah, albeit one strident in her beliefs. Pulling quotes from a dizzying array of Americans (Lincoln, Helen Keller, John Adams, Harriet Tubman, and even silent Calvin Coolidge), Palin wants readers to know that the U.S. is still the greatest country on earth—or would be if we could just rid ourselves of politicians like Barack Obama who don’t believe in American exceptionalism. (To make her point, she quotes Dash in the movie The Incredibles: if everyone is special, no one is.) Obama comes in for his fair share of shots, which makes this seem like the opening salvo in the 2012 campaign, but in its entirety, it’s more about Palin’s observations on the culture wars, often with a political subtext. Throughout, she seems lacking in a useful kind of ammo: irony. She derides American Idol for promoting talentless kids (while her daughter, Bristol, hoofs past her shelf life on Dancing with the so-called Stars). She extols the way Mr. Smith Goes to Washington depicts a senatorial filibuster, yet her own party, during the Obama administration, has debased the filibuster to a point where the Senate now shuns debate and avoids legislating. She celebrates the fight for Alaskan statehood, though her husband was a member of a secessionist party. But if irony isn’t Palin’s strong suit, sticking to her guns is: virtually every anecdote or reflection connects somehow to the themes of love of family and/or country (or, to be more precise, Palin’s view of those virtues). This book won’t make any new fans for the former governor, but it probably won’t add to “the haters” (Bristol’s term for those who deride her dancing), either. Proponents will see her as the strong, savvy Mama Grizzly, and detractors will find her to be simplistic and, in the words she used to describe those American Idol no-talents, “self-esteem enhanced.” --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Sarah Palin grew up in Alaska towns, from Skagway to Wasilla to Anchorage, while her dad taught science and coached high school sports. She and her future husband, Todd Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982, and she went on to earn her college degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho. Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council, then two terms as the city's mayor and manager, and was elected by her peers as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She then chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Palin was elected Alaska's youngest, and first female, governor, serving from 2006 to 2009. While serving her state she was tapped as Senator John McCain's running mate in 2008, becoming the first female Republican vice presidential candidate in our nation's history.

The Palins reside in Wasilla with their five children, including a son in the U.S. Army, and one grandson. They enjoy an extended family throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

Customer Reviews

This is Sarah Palin's 2nd book.
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Sarah Palin has not forgotten this fact, and this book shows her genuine love for the real people who live and work and pray and thrive in this great country.
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This book is entirely worth your time to read.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on January 7, 2014
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I really wanted to like this book. I bought it after meeting the former governor and read "Great Joy and Good Tidings", which I really enjoyed. But for some reason this book just isn't hitting home with me. I had a hard time reading more than 15-20 pages at a time. It's not that it's badly written, or I disagree with her view. It's just a lot of rehashing the same point. I so wanted to read it and feel moved as I did with her other books, and yet sadly did not. Felt more like "whew, well that killed some time". But I'm still a big Palin supporter, and will read future books. Just not a fan of this particular book.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gavin on October 29, 2013
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This book is a testament to the American spirit! Her Maverick ways have transformed the political landscape as we know it! Mission Accomplished Sarah! The liberal media has tried to silence her but she is way more smart than they are. I am an avid Ferret enthusiast who has been repressed by my state government, just like Sarah. There have been many times when I just wanted to give up the fight for Ferret liberation. When I feel like I am going to lose this fight, I think of all the Obstacles that Sarah has gone up against in her life. Sarah is fighting for the us, the American citizens that believe that through her maverick ways, she can get rid of taxes, and stop the socialist government that is currently running this country. We have a Muslim in charge of the county, and everyone knows that all Muslims will eventually radicalize, they cant help it, their bible tells them they have to. It's like when honey bees relocate to our country and become Africanized and start stinging and killing people!
I have been reading this book nightly to my ferrets. Yeah, you heard me! I have illegal ferrets in California! They will have to take these ferrets from my cold dead hands! The tiny voices of the ferrets are crying for freedom, and I intend to lead the fight! Sometimes I look at their little faces while I read this book and they almost look like they are wearing little army helmets and are prepared to enter battle in gods war against tyranny and injustice. There have been times when I felt that the little ferrets have begun to lose hope, but every night I read this book to them make them realize that they are fighting the good fight, and will be victorious! You are my hero Sarah!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Gormly on July 8, 2014
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Don't like her politics, but I read it anyway. She is great on what is wrong, but very short an a cogent, logical, fair, and logical fix. Just a bunch of sound bites that say nothing, but incites some with catch phrases that have no constructive value
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186 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Frederick S. Goethel VINE VOICE on January 17, 2011
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As a moderate, I have been following Palin to see if she might be a viable candidate (from my standpoint) in the elections in 2012. I have read a few books by her and her autobiography, so I have a bit to compare to. I find it a sad commentary that the books written about her paint her in a better light than she paints for herself in the books she has written about herself.

I found this book to contain little new. It was Obama bad...Reagan great with no real analysis of what either had done. If Obama did it, or proposed it, it must be wrong with little to support her comments. The same occurred, in reverse, for Reagan. She seemed to ignore his more obvious flaws and tried to paint everything he did as great.

Throughout the book there are misstatements of fact when it suits her purpose. Some is current, while some was historical. I can't believe she didn't know that what she was writing was wrong, and if she didn't, then maybe she needs to do a little research into a subject before spouting off.

I know there are people that think she is stupid, which I believe is a dangerous mistake. On the contrary, I believe she is quite intelligent but she doesn't use her intelligence when making statements. One possibility is that she intentionally does not want to let on that she is intellectually on a par with those she labels as "elite" in order to deliberately deceive her base. Either that, or she is just intellectually lazy.

This is a book for the base (and to make some money) and should be seen as such. She doesn't reveal much new and the rhetoric is about the same as always. If you love Palin, you will love the book. If you are not a fan, you won't like this book.
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29 of 44 people found the following review helpful By bluejen on August 23, 2013
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These are on sale for $2.60 at B&N. Hahaha! Great for rolling papers or toilet paper if desperate. So go to the mall and grab a couple put aside for emergencies!
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57 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Sorek on April 17, 2011
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"When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross"... commonly attributed to Sinclair Lewis and entirely appropriate for Ms. Palin. Cheap and facile "patriotism," replete with flag-waving, combined with fundamentalist this America's near-future?
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By Terry Trent on November 20, 2014
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She Like me is a Patriot... I need a Cold beer though I spent 15 years alone fighting (and I won) we all DID, it was Me - Terry S Trent. I redeemed the Jews, America and the Globe with Gods *real) Backing is 87 feet too much Snow, I should be careful what I write... (Literally) Man I need a Woman and a Cold beer after 15 years...
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71 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clark on June 5, 2011
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There are so many things I want to say about America by Heart.
First of all, I'm glad I chose to read the book. I had participated in my fair share of Palin-bashing, but I wanted to give the poor gal a chance. I assumed that she would shrink back into the woods of Alaska once the election was over, but instead her platform began to gain momentum. She dropped the old guy and began speaking out about the state of America, about how our country has lost its way. She seemed to know how to take it back, and millions of people seemed to believe her. Who was I to say she was wrong without full knowledge of her opinions? So I picked up her book, mind open and ready to hate Sarah Palin a little less.
And she started off well. The book opens with "Do you love your freedom?" and goes on to talk about the amazing document that is the Constitution. She talks about her love for our basic rights that are not given by the government, only protected by it. I can get behind that. I do, in fact, love my freedom. And I have the utmost respect for the Constitution. I read on, waiting for her real argument.
But it never really came. Through some sort of reasoning, Palin came to the conclusion that the integrity of the Constitution could only be protected through free markets, low taxes, and... faith? I tried my best to follow her arguments, to search for some sort of proof among her assertions, but I came up empty each time. I'm consider myself a moderate in many respects, yet her constant berating of liberal principles without any evidence left me bitter and forced me further to the left. One particular charge -- that liberal America leads to a lack of motivation among children, found in Chapter Six -- actually made me angry.
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