“Matthew Zencey’s book is a balanced, carefully reported, and engaging look at Sarah Palin’s actions while governor of Alaska. Zencey comes to some surprising but well-substantiated conclusions. As one chapter asks, ‘This is the record of a Tea Party favorite?’”—Loretta Tofani, Pulitzer Prize–winning former reporter, Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer
“Veteran Alaska journalist Matthew Zencey explores Sarah Palin’s career as governor in the years before she rose to the national stage. Zencey is fair and judicious in describing Palin’s political values, how she governed, and the friends and enemies she created while in Juneau.”—Michael Carey, former editorial page editor, Anchorage Daily News
“Forget everything you think you know about Sarah Palin and start fresh. Matthew Zencey, a veteran Alaskan journalist, knew the real Palin before she was unleashed on America, and his breakthrough book chronicles the tragic trajectory of an admirably antiestablishment populist who succumbed to the simplistic allure of celebrity. Zencey has unearthed the nuanced truth behind the caricature.”—Dick Polman, national political columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Matthew Zencey is the former editorial page editor for the Anchorage Daily News
, where he covered Alaska politics for twenty-one years and wrote numerous editorials on Sarah Palin’s performance as governor. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.