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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312601867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312601867
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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200 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Ibadan on May 10, 2011
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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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210 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Quilici on May 12, 2011
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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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92 of 110 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Hurst on 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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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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