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The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Dunn
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In The Lies of Sarah Palin, Geoffrey Dunn provides the first full-scale and in-depth political biography of the controversial Republican vice-presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska.

Based on more than two-hundred interviews---many of them with Republican colleagues and one-time political allies of Palin’s---and more than forty-thousand pages of uncovered documents, Dunn chronicles Palin’s troubling penchant for duplicity in grim detail, from her dysfunctional childhood in Wasilla through her contentious run for mayor and her failed governorship of Alaska. He also provides the shocking inside story of her betrayal of running mate John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign and her self-serving resignation as governor in July of the following year. Dunn deftly places Palin in the American tradition of right-wing demagogues---from Huey Long to Joe McCarthy---and details her troubling obsession with Barack Obama as it fuels her own political ambitions and a potential run for the presidency in 2012.

The Lies of Sarah Palin is a journalistic tour de force that vividly reveals the Queen of the Tea Party movement as a vengeful and manipulative empress without clothes. This is the definitive book on Sarah Palin.




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"Dunn’s achievement is to tie together his immense amount of research into a finely wrought work that is fair to a succession of people from all across the political spectrum, all of whom had to deal with, for better or worse, the most intensely dishonest and divisive political personality in recent American history."--Firedoglake Book Salon

About the Author

Geoffrey Dunn is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker with more than three decades experience as an investigative reporter. A frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, where he has broken several national stories on Sarah Palin since the 2008 presidential campaign, Dunn has also served as a Senior Editor for Metro Newspapers in Northern California, where he has received awards for investigative journalism from the National Newspaper Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Peninsula Press Club. His documentary films include the award-winning Calypso Dreams; Miss…or Myth?; and Dollar a Day, 10¢ a Dance. Dunn received a B.A. in politics (with honors), as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has taught courses in documentary film, nonfiction writing and American political history and culture. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award there in 2000. Dunn was raised in an Italian-American fishing community and worked in the Pacific Coast fishery industry until the mid-1980s.


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  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312601867
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004477WLU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cogent, detailed, fair ... and illuminating May 10, 2011
By Ibadan
Format:Hardcover
Geoffrey Dunn presents a cogent and very readable analysis of how and why an un-vetted Ms Palin appeared suddenly on the US national scene during the last Presidential campaign. He postulates reasons for her ability to captivate the attention of a wide swath of the American public, whether pro- or anti-Palin. He contributes new information that enhances our understanding of the deep background of Palin, giving vivid accounts from first-person "we-were-there" interviewees who saw her evolution within Alaska, as well as from perches within the McCain campaign and from the media. For example, his publication of her notarized application for Wasilla police dispatcher reveals her self-attested lack of a college degree.

Dunn documents that far from just the surface entertainment value of her "bloopers" and mannerisms and her appeal as a woman candidate, we must pay closer attention to the "meaning" of Palin's rise and persistence in American politics. In this well-written account of the life and times of his subject from childhood to the present, he relates the factors of her experience an personality that lead her to succeed so well in railing "against" long-held American values of fairness and justice, while "seeming" to uphold these values. For it well may be a high-pitched dog whistle effect that is responsible for her ability to call out a mean-spirited streak among segments of the far right and among the disillusioned "bitter" faction. Dunn doesn't shy away from naming and describing the racism that underlies some of her ideological statements, nor does he flinch from a detailed examination of her "call-to-arms" metaphors and inept public statements after the unfortunate incident of the attack upon a US Representative(in Arizona).

A most illuminating read.
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208 of 253 people found the following review helpful
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Given the amount of material covered by this book, it is very well structured, and moves along compellingly. Dunn manages to overlap many layers of events in a way that doesn't compromise overall coherency or readability.

Even though there were few novelties for the tiny minority of truly seasoned Palin-watchers, Dunn reveals many bombshells which have--inconceivably--not gotten mainstream play in the slightest, including destructive behaviors which intentionally undermined the McCain/Palin campaign (or "Palin/McCain" campaign, as Sarah would have it).

Dunn calls 'em the way he sees 'em and, refreshingly, has returned the words "lie", "lying", and "liar" to their important place in public discourse. He is not afraid to challenge Mrs. Palin on her ceaseless, virtually unpunctuated, untruths... including calling her out on her false claims of having released her youngest son's birth record. Very welcome were the expansive background context of Alaskan politics along with a closer look than we've previously had of what was happening in the McCain camp along the campaign trail.

I have a small number of criticisms: Dunn seems to take Mrs. Palin's doctor's letter--submitted at the last moment--at face value, despite knowing that Palin has composed and distributed falsified letters on her own behalf as a matter of course throughout her political career. He didn't connect the timing of her pregnancy announcement with the McCain nomination (which occurred just one day earlier).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read May 13, 2011
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Geoffrey Dunn's book is well worth your time and money. Though many of the events described in this book are known to most people who follow politics, the "behind the scenes" information Dunn provides further illuminates how woefully unprepared Mrs. Palin was for a national political campaign. Incurious about the world around her, uneducated, divisive, she covets power for the sake of power. There is a huge dissonance between her actions and her avowed Christianity.
What is particularly disturbing is her careless disregard for the villagers in the bush who were freezing and starving and unable to get her attention. When she finally did show up at a couple of the villages with Franklin Graham, she had the audacity to lecture the villagers and tell them they needed new leadership from their elders. There was no acknowledgement of the poor fishing season, the unusually harsh and extended winter. Instead, she lied about her husband's experiences growing up as a native. Also, when Mrs. Palin did make it to see the villagers, it was approximately five weeks after relief efforts had already been initiated by concerned citizens and bloggers. At one point within those five weeks, Mrs. Palin had been approached with requests for assistance in flying the food and fuel collected to the remote villages. That request was denied and Mrs. Palin's office again stated they were looking into things. This seemed to be their standard reply on the numerous occasions they were asked to help. She was very dismissive to a village elder who attempted to talk with her about the people in Emmonack and other villages.
So much for a servant's heart.
Throughout this book, time after time, Mrs. Palin is revealed to be dismissive to other people, petty, vengeful, and egocentric.
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Published 3 months ago by M. Austin
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Published 4 months ago by Judy M
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. Confirms what I suspected. How can anyone ...
Interesting. Confirms what I suspected. How can anyone seriously consider someone that shallow for a Vice Presidential
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blah blah blah
Liberals fear this woman.They fear powerful conservative women..
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Geoffrey Dunn is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker with more than three decades experience as an investigative reporter. A contributor to The Huffington Post, where he has broken several national stories since the 2008 presidential campaign, Dunn has also served as a Senior Editor for Metro Newspapers in Northern California, where he has garnered awards for investigative journalism from the National Newspaper Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Peninsula Press Club. His books include the Amazon bestseller "The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power," "Santa Cruz Is In the Heart," and "Chinatown Dreams: The Life and Photographs of George Lee." He also contributed a significant chapter to "Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II." His documentary films include the award-winning "Calypso Dreams," "Miss...or Myth?," "Chinese Gold," and "Dollar a Day, 10¢ a Dance." Dunn received a B.A. in politics, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has taught courses in documentary film, nonfiction writing and American political history and culture. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award there in 2000. Dunn was raised in the Santa Cruz Italian fishing community and worked in the Pacific Coast fishery industry until the mid-1980s.

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Does the left think we don't notice....
So I guess since Corsi's pack of lies about Obama's birth certificate is coming out on the 17th, the Right is scared to death of the president, right?
May 8, 2011 by Bill Bowman |  See all 15 posts
Wow, not even in the top 100
It is a most troubling mystery to me as to why this book has not gained national attention. Mr. Dunn has obviously researched the details in this book down to answering personally to all the facts brought forward in the book. The beginning with her actions as a young girl definitely sets the... Read More
Jun 13, 2011 by Laurie Stott |  See all 7 posts
Huffpo Has No Credibility
Re: "the politician the left fears most." You mean the GOP fears most. Please nominate this woman!
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