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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586487884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586487881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anchorage Daily News
“A pleasant relief from all those pro- and anti-screeds Ear is so tired of…”

Daily Kos
“Sarah Palin is a woman who simply will not be cheated out of more than her fair share of the wattage of whatever limelight is shining, and given the leaks, lies and refutations about the content of her own book, it's probably best for readers interested in Palinology to take hold of a more disinterested volume before diving into Going Rogue head first. Conroy's and Walshe's book would seem to be a bracing pre-read that doesn't hesitate to outline her flaws while still keeping sight of the personality that appealed to the right-wing white base. She's not a caricature in this account, even if she still ends up as something of an enigma….Such scoopish tidbits like the never-heard speech are planted throughout Sarah from Alaska. Readers can learn more about the exorbitant wardrobe purchases, staff firings in Alaska, the clandestine arrangements to bring her to McCain for her initial interview, staff reactions to the Charles Gibson and Katie Couric interviews, and backbiting and intrigue that began early on between the McCain and Palin campaign staffs….Sarah Palin, whether she winds up in the primaries or not, is clearly at Ground Zero in the battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Sarah from Alaska opens the door for a deeper look at her ideology, her path to power, and her version of herself as no-nonsense streetfighter who is also some sort of a victim of the modern media environment and coastal liberal snobs. Holding such contradictions together in the package of one person seems impossible, but for now she's pulling it off. Just as Republicans are hoping they can, as a party.”

Sam TanenhausThe New Yorker
“[A] balanced and well-reported… account of Palin’s career.”

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Anchorage Daily News
“A pleasant relief from all those pro- and anti-screeds Ear is so tired of…”

Daily Kos
“Sarah Palin is a woman who simply will not be cheated out of more than her fair share of the wattage of whatever limelight is shining, and given the leaks, lies and refutations about the content of her own book, it's probably best for readers interested in Palinology to take hold of a more disinterested volume before diving into Going Rogue head first. Conroy's and Walshe's book would seem to be a bracing pre-read that doesn't hesitate to outline her flaws while still keeping sight of the personality that appealed to the right-wing white base. She's not a caricature in this account, even if she still ends up as something of an enigma….Such scoopish tidbits like the never-heard speech are planted throughout Sarah from Alaska. Readers can learn more about the exorbitant wardrobe purchases, staff firings in Alaska, the clandestine arrangements to bring her to McCain for her initial interview, staff reactions to the Charles Gibson and Katie Couric interviews, and backbiting and intrigue that began early on between the McCain and Palin campaign staffs….Sarah Palin, whether she winds up in the primaries or not, is clearly at Ground Zero in the battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Sarah from Alaska opens the door for a deeper look at her ideology, her path to power, and her version of herself as no-nonsense streetfighter who is also some sort of a victim of the modern media environment and coastal liberal snobs. Holding such contradictions together in the package of one person seems impossible, but for now she's pulling it off. Just as Republicans are hoping they can, as a party.”

Sam TanenhausThe New Yorker
“[A] balanced and well-reported… account of Palin’s career.”
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A perfect painting of the "real" Sarah Palin.
C. VAUGHAN
I am a political junkie, and a solid Democrat, but I enjoyed reading this book and gained some perspective about Mrs Palin.
Jill Meyer
She is almost finished reading the book and is impressed with the information she has received from this book.
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Sarah from Alaska" will appeal to both supporters AND non-supporters of the former Alaskan governor. It is a solidly written, UNBIASED account of her VP campaign last year. The "good" is presented with the "bad". I am a political junkie, and a solid Democrat, but I enjoyed reading this book and gained some perspective about Mrs Palin. So unbiased is the writing that I really can't discern the writers' political leanings from their writing!

I was amused to note that the one-star review (so far) was written by a Sarah Palin supporter who admits he did not read the book, but didn't like the picture of her on the cover(!). Not the best basis for a review. My advise to him is to actually READ the book. He'd probably enjoy it.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Whether you agree with Sarah Palin or not, this is a historical look at Ms. Palin and her experience on the campaign trail. You will go behind the scenes and find answers to the questions that may have escaped the notice of the general public. You will also read the truth behind rumors that constantly plagued the former vice presidential candidate. The authors have written a comprehensive book that looks at the real Ms. Palin, her trials and triumphs.
I highly recommend it.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Braunstein on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the last book I expected to find myself reading, but life takes you strange places. What I've found is an insightful journey alongside the most polarizing politician this country has seen in years. Along the way, I've turned from my preconceived notions about the candidate and the person, replacing conjecture with fact. I've discovered that there is a real person with real motivation behind it all. Now, don't get me wrong, you won't find me voting for her or supporting her. Knowing her is not necessarily loving her, unless you already do. Regardless, a worthy read for anyone who understands that history is what happens when we have time to apply thought and research to the events that shape our time. This is a fine start to the writing of that history.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Alexander on November 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am the last person that thought he would read a book about Sarah Palin. From what I have seen and heard, she is the type of person I would very much dislike and avoid being around, much less vote for. But, I am very grateful for this balanced, even dry, accounting of Ms. Palin's sudden meteoric rise, the campaign, and the political dog-fight she encountered when she returned to Alaska. And, even as someone biased against the politician, this blow by blow insider's account - which, as far as I can tell, is about as free of partisan hackery as one could realistically achieve still so close to the event - is a fresh, candid assessment of those tumultuous months. I was pleasantly surprised, though, to see that the memes of "Sarah the Brute," "Sarah the Dim," and "Sarah the Savior" so popular with the chattering classes are cardboard cut-outs that do the subject no justice at all, a glittering slash and thrust towards the heart of the marketed image we see and accept as uncritically true as opposed to a more difficult and multi-layered relative "truth" one cannot reach in brief interviews and canned photo ops. In this book, there was much to praise about Sarah Palin, and much to pity, and much to find distasteful if not outright worrisome. In short, it humanizes her as she moved through those most dehumanizing of waters, American politics. Detractors and supporters will find no comfort in these pages. No valentines for either camp. And all this does, in my estimation, is raise the credibility level.

Has the book turned me into a Palin supporter? No, absolutely not. But it did at least give me a greater appreciation of the person, as least as viewed as a person functioning under amazingly stressful circumstances.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A faithful reader on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a detailed, insightful and fair treatment of Palin's career up through recent events. It dispels some inaccuracies (particularly about the expensive clothes debacle) and correctly explains many of the events that Alaskans watched from a ringside seat. It could have delved into the more substantial ethics complaints rather than treat them all as frivolous, but it does describe some of Palin's better-known "embellishments" (a tactful word for "lies.") Her diehard supporters may not like the portrait that emerges, but many Alaskans and others will easily recognize it, and it certainly captures the Palin persona that has come to overshadow the actual person.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David W. Griffin on May 23, 2010
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As a Democrat I'm not a fan of Sara Palin. I think she's out of her league in a job as big as the Presidency. But there's no denying that she's a compelling character for a lot of Americans. She comes off here better than she does in "Game Change" (at least here she's not mentally unbalanced), but still cannot "expand" to meet the larger roles on the national scene. There's a considerable amount of the book that happens after the end of the campaign, and this is a part of her life not treated very completely by many other books. I recommend it for a Republican or a Democrat.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the aftermath of the last election, I have started to try to take a second look at Sarah Palin. I did not support her when she first came on the scene and was appalled at what I thought was a bimbo trying to flirt her way into the vice presidency. At the same time, I did think the media went overboard in its negative portrayal of Palin when compared to the other candidates, making fun of her children and Alaska in general. Making fun of a Down's child or pregnant teenager is way out of bounds. One of the reasons I have stopped to reconsider her is that the media never stopped hounding her even after the race was well over and she should have been forgotten.

I read Palin's "Going Rogue" book and found my opinion of her rose somewhat. Intrigued, I then purchased this book to find out more. It is written by a couple of young journalists who were part of the campaign scene and got a lot of "inside" material. I have to give them credit as it seems they do try to be even handed and nonpartisan--I just want to know the truth, not spin. They paint Palin as being very kind and gracious most of the time but also having a ruthless, very self promoting streak. That seems fair; I would wager that MOST of the politicians out there have both these traits, or at least outwardly. However, according to this book, Palin was continually trying to buck the McCain campaign manager's plans and do things her own way, often creating more problems for herself. According to the book, Palin seemed to develop a bit of a big head and really thrived on the attention she was getting. In the end, this caused problems when the campaign was over and she had to return to a boring, secluded governors job in Alaksa instead of the White House.
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