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Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years Hardcover – May 24, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1451654400 ISBN-10: 1451654405 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451654405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451654400
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Bailey grew up in Kodiak, Alaska. He attended college at Capernwray Bible School in Carnforth, England as well as Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Frank was the Palin campaign administrator for the successful 2006 primary and general election campaigns. Once elected, Frank became deputy director of the Palin/Parnell transition team and later director of the State of Alaska Office of Boards and Commissions. Frank currently lives in Anchorage with his wife Janeen and their two children. He manages their small family business and serves as the interim music director for Rabbit Creek Community Church. Frank’s passions are his children and writing music.

Following a successful career on Wall Street, Ken Morris became an outspoken critic of aspects of the financial system, including the New York Stock Exchange. He is a frequent media contributor on political criticism and financial reform. He is the author of the novels Man in the Middle and The Deadly Trade. Ken currently lives in California with his wife and four sons and has had the fortune of coaching over forty sports teams over the years for his sons.

Jeanne Devon is the founder of Alaska’s most authoritative and widely read political blog, The Mudflats (www.themudflats.net), a repeat winner of the annual Blogger’s Choice Award. Jeanne is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and authored a chapter of Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. Jeanne has two grown stepsons and lives in Anchorage with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and occasional moose.

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There's no doubting she's a fascinating character, since all logical paradigms do not apply to her.
Rod de Paris
If you haven't already found the book to start your summer reading I'd recommend Frank Bailey's revealing portrait of Sarah Palin in "Blind Allegiance".
Jon Hunt
This book is reminder that when you send an email, you may have opened yourself to the world, who will judge you.
Ken Martin

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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Helen on May 27, 2011
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I have never been a Palin fan and I have followed her antics over the last few years. Nevertheless, I was shocked at just how vindictive this woman was. She couldn't let any criticism of her pass and the depths to which she would go to extract vengeance was astonishing. Her vendettas against Chuck Thoma and Jim Minnery, and her delight at David Kernell's plight were sickening. This book paints a picture of a woman more interested in marketing herself and extracting retribution from her "enemies" than a woman interested in the business of governing.

What was also startling was her complete disregard for the people who had helped her along the way. The number of people she threw under the bus when she had no further need for them tells its own story.

This book also reaffirms to me that Palin is not mentally stable - she is very emotionally fragile. She didn't even trust her own husband. Todd had to ring or email her staff in the mornings to let them know what sort of a mood she was in! Her treatment of her own children is especially sad.

All in all, this is an excellent book and a real eye-opener. I strongly recommend it.
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312 of 356 people found the following review helpful By N. Zapadka on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I admit that I was a tad hesitant to purchase this book (I ordered the excellent Kindle version, by the way), as much of the debate over Palin has been completely and utterly polarized and thus an objective view of her is naturally hard to come by. I consider myself an independent voter who places a great deal of value in truly getting to know possible presidential candidates- their platforms, their beliefs, their mannerisms, and their abilities at leadership.

Wow, in all of these regards, this book is a winner. Frank Bailey paints a realistic and believable picture of a woman who has used fear and ignorance as stepping stones into national prominence, otherwise bypassing the traits and qualities that we Americans should hold dear in politicians. I was particularly delighted that Bailey chose to include the "early years", during which he too was a blind supporter of Palin. It's important to remember that we can all fall into the trap of (supposed) beauty and seemingly down-to-earth individuals, but we must remember that being a quality politician is about so much more.

In the end, Bailey successfully and persuasively paints Palin as what she really seems to be - a power and money hungry yet completely unintelligent woman that relies on vague and often very strange methods of leadership, and how this supposed "leadership" was actually a total abandonment of her post (governor of Alaska) because she was simply too annoyed at the aspects of her job to continue. A highly recommend this book to all who believe that politics are worth reading about, especially Republican voters who are still unsure of whom they prefer in 2012. This is a real eye-opener and you won't be disappointed!
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140 of 159 people found the following review helpful By LisaB2595 on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was truly drawn into this book. The authors have managed to craft a very human story, not a "bash Sarah, tell-all."

Don't get me wrong, there's plenty not to admire about the Palins in this book. Anyone who has followed her bewildering rise to fame will not be surprised by how petty, vindictive, and immature their behaviors are. The big surprise, IMO, is how easily people fell into the Palin world of persecution and drama.

Bailey comes across as a normal, nice guy who simply stopped thinking, stopped questioning, stopped looking at the world through eyes other than Palin's. He demonstrates the real power of Palin's victim meme. No slight was too small for attention and retribution, and there was no such thing as "overkill."

Troopergate gets the bulk of the treatment here. There are a couple of things that don't get covered I would have liked to have had some insight on--the creation of the Yahoo accounts in particular, and the situation in Emmonak.

The emails are all his own, from his personal Yahoo account. They demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Palin lied during her Troopergate testimony. It'd be nice to see some charges filed regarding that. It was an egregious ethics violation and shows how little understanding she has regarding good government. In Sarah's mind, "good government" is her. Bad government is any challenge to her. There is no middle ground.

Palin is not the villain in this tale. She's too unaware of what she's doing to be considered "villainous." She has no clue she's harming *people*; everyone else is just an extra in the drama of her life. People enter and exit her life like actors on a stage. That the have a life beyond her stage is not considered.
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211 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Barklesswagmore on May 24, 2011
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A must-read for all political junkies, future campaign workers, literature professors, and anyone who enjoys a classic tale of betrayal and power.
Bailey drank the Palin Kool-Aid early on -- he was in the inner circle throughout her meteoric rise from smalltown mayor to national influence. The book is as much about one good man's fight to avoid being disillusioned by his idol, as it is about the detailed pettiness and vindictiveness of Sarah & Todd's Alaska reign. You can feel the emotional struggle Bailey undergoes to maintain his status as Sarah's confidant and trusted consigliere while the cognitive dissonance of reality piles up around him, and eventually destroys his loyalty. The book is a primer on how not to build a solid political machine: how can anyone run for office after making enemies out of trusted friends and dedicated staff?
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