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No good deed goes unpunished. Just ask Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s campaign manager and the guy who pushed Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate. Now, in Palin’s much-hyped book, he’s just a fat, smoking bullet-head who told her to “stick to the script.” The feeling running through Going Rogue is that Palin has been bursting to take a whack at those she believes didn’t do right by her during the campaign. (Katie Couric, we’re looking at you!) Before readers get to that, however, there’s personal biography. We’re introduced to Sarah the reader—loved to read—the basketball player, hunter, wife, mother. Then lots and lots of Alaska politics, which will probably be a little hard even for people from Alaska to plow through. (Scores are settled here, too.) Once Palin gets into the 2008 campaign, the tone is folksy, but the knives are out. Much has been made of her criticisms of Schmidt and another McCain staffer, Nicolle Wallace. But less has been said about Palin’s comments about Barack Obama. For instance, she notes that when she and husband Todd first heard Obama speak, they saw the wow factor but worried that his “smooth” talk would hide his radical ideas. She also implies that Obama wanted to shield only his own children from the press, though, in fact, in September 2008, he told CNN that Palin’s children must be off limits as well. Ronald Reagan’s name is mentioned by page 3 and invoked regularly throughout. There’s no doubt Palin sees herself as heir to his legacy. But many readers will see the Sarah Palin revealed in these pages as much closer to George Bush, someone you’d like to have a beer with. Or perhaps dinner: “I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals—right next to the mashed potatoes.” --Ilene Cooper

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Truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve ever read (Rush Limbaugh)
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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061939897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061939891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,634 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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While I disagree with a lot of Palins Political beliefs I read this book with interest. Admittedly in the beginning I wasn't sure If I could make it through the book because of that but the way that she chronicled her life it really makes it an interesting read.

The book really covers the decisions she has made in her life both political and personal. The reader gets to know her as a person and a politician, her motivations in life.

She was fairly unknown outside of Alaska, thrust into the middle of a Presidential campaign that was already floundering. While she did breathe some life into the McCain campaign it wasn't enough. She was put in a tough situation. Clearly she felt that she didn't receive the kind of support that she needed to be an effective Vice Presidential candidate and she discussed that in this book. We get to read about all of the things we suspected were going on in the McCain camp that she wasn't able to talk about during the race.

She sacrificed a lot and her family sacrificed a lot from the demands of campaign from criticism on her political beliefs, the innuendo that the only reason McCain selected her as a running mate is because she is attractive, to the personal attacks about her decision to have her challenged son. She was criticized a lot during the campaign of nearly everything. She talks about the criticisms in the book in detail. She loves her State and tried to make it a better place. She loved it enough to resign thinking that someone else could do a better job running it with out all of the distraction that was heaped upon her by media following her every move both on the local and national front.
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The 4 stars is not because I like Sarah Palin's conservative Republican views. In fact, I deduct 1 big fat star because political conservatism is anathema to me.

The 4 stars is because she honestly describes her point of view in easy to understand language. There are only a couple of things I remember about this book that I checked out from the library years ago:

1. She loves Ronald Reagan and thinks he was a great president.
2. She chose not to abort her youngest baby even though medical staff told her he would be born with a disability of some kind. As it happens, he was born with Down's Syndrome.

I was rather unpleasantly surprised to find out I had number 2 in common with her. She values life and does believe in God as can be seen by googling the other books she wrote on amazon. It is rather wrong for me to assume that just because I strongly disagree with her political choices that I wouldn't have anything important in common with her.

I have noticed that children with Down's Syndrome retain their relative sweetness and innocence for far longer than non-disabled children do. Mrs. Palin's youngest son is now old enough that she can probably tell news media contrast comparison stories between her youngest disabled child and her older non-disabled children.
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I bought this for my dad for Christmas. I was hesitant to put any of my money towards this woman's agenda, but it is what he wanted. I looked through it and found Sarah's tales to be as fake and contrived as she appears in the media. The only bonus is that the words do appear to be in order and make some semblance of sense, so a big thumbs up to her editor for that one.
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I decided to read Governor Palin's book, "Going Rogue", not for partisan political reasons, but because I was interested in whether she would use this book to answer her critics, as well as address the numerous sticky issues that swirled around her political career in Alaska and as the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008. Since this book was advertised as a personal memoir, I was also interested in her story about growing up in Alaska, one of the least understood states in the USA. I'll leave all of the political and emotional stone-throwing to the other reviewers on Amazon.com and simply write a book review instead. Additionally, since this section is dedicated to "book reviews," my 4-star rating applies only to the book and is not intended as a personal rating of Governor Palin.

Like so many other Americans, I also closely followed the 2008 election. I already knew a lot about the political veterans Senators Biden and McCain, but initially knew very little factual information about Senator Obama and Governor Palin. Yet there were so many unusual and even bizarre stories being reported on the candidates that it became difficult to determine which were true, partially factual and which stories had no factual basis in reality. Considering, in my opinion, how nasty the mainstream media treated Palin, I was immediately interested in her side of the story. How an individual reacts and responds to adversity is very revealing about their character, upbringing, and ultimately their personal integrity. This is especially important to know regarding our public officials.

There were very few revelations in this book about Palin since during the election dozens of stories, as well as personal interviews with her dominated the airwaves and print media.
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