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This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart. I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free.

Since the publication of her bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, in 2009, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has traveled the country extensively. She has visited cities and towns in almost every state, dropped in on military bases, given talks and speeches to small groups and at massive rallies. Throughout her travels, she has been privileged to meet thousands of Americans—ordinary men and women who have shared with her their hopes and dreams, their love of country, and their fears about what lies ahead. Governor Palin, inspired by these encounters, celebrates in her new book the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country a beacon of liberty and hope for the rest of the world.

America by Heart is a highly personal testament to her deep love of country, her strong roots in faith, and her profound appreciation of family. Ranging widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, Governor Palin reflects on the key values that have been such an essential part of her own life and that continue to inform her vision of America’s future. The book also includes brief readings from classic and contemporary texts that have moved and inspired her, as well as portraits of Americans, both famous and obscure, whom she admires.

Informed by Palin’s own principles and deepest feelings, graced with intimate memories, this remarkable book gives us a close-up view of an extraordinary woman who is not afraid to speak out and defend the American values in which she so deeply believes.

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I play with 19-month-old Trig while Bristol supports her one-year-old son, Tripp, on his toy elephant during Tripp’s birthday party in our Wasilla home.
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After an interview near the Statue of Liberty Glenn Beck and I pose for Fox News on January 13, 2010. Glenn and I share an appreciation for Lady Liberty. America’s most famous symbol for freedom-loving immigrants serves as an inspiration to all: America, continue to be exceptional, hard-working, faithful, and free.     
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The Restoring Honor rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on August 28, 2010, in Washington, D.C., drew an estimated 500,000 people. Glenn Beck headlined the peaceful patriot celebration on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The words King spoke 47 years earlier changed the course of civil rights in America for the better. His niece Dr. Alveda King graced us with her presence at our rally that warm Washington day.
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If Palin’s first book, Going Rogue (2009), was about settling scores, this one is designed, as the subtitle implies, to show a thoughtful Sarah, albeit one strident in her beliefs. Pulling quotes from a dizzying array of Americans (Lincoln, Helen Keller, John Adams, Harriet Tubman, and even silent Calvin Coolidge), Palin wants readers to know that the U.S. is still the greatest country on earth—or would be if we could just rid ourselves of politicians like Barack Obama who don’t believe in American exceptionalism. (To make her point, she quotes Dash in the movie The Incredibles: if everyone is special, no one is.) Obama comes in for his fair share of shots, which makes this seem like the opening salvo in the 2012 campaign, but in its entirety, it’s more about Palin’s observations on the culture wars, often with a political subtext. Throughout, she seems lacking in a useful kind of ammo: irony. She derides American Idol for promoting talentless kids (while her daughter, Bristol, hoofs past her shelf life on Dancing with the so-called Stars). She extols the way Mr. Smith Goes to Washington depicts a senatorial filibuster, yet her own party, during the Obama administration, has debased the filibuster to a point where the Senate now shuns debate and avoids legislating. She celebrates the fight for Alaskan statehood, though her husband was a member of a secessionist party. But if irony isn’t Palin’s strong suit, sticking to her guns is: virtually every anecdote or reflection connects somehow to the themes of love of family and/or country (or, to be more precise, Palin’s view of those virtues). This book won’t make any new fans for the former governor, but it probably won’t add to “the haters” (Bristol’s term for those who deride her dancing), either. Proponents will see her as the strong, savvy Mama Grizzly, and detractors will find her to be simplistic and, in the words she used to describe those American Idol no-talents, “self-esteem enhanced.” --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062010964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062010964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really wanted to like this book. I bought it after meeting the former governor and read "Great Joy and Good Tidings", which I really enjoyed. But for some reason this book just isn't hitting home with me. I had a hard time reading more than 15-20 pages at a time. It's not that it's badly written, or I disagree with her view. It's just a lot of rehashing the same point. I so wanted to read it and feel moved as I did with her other books, and yet sadly did not. Felt more like "whew, well that killed some time". But I'm still a big Palin supporter, and will read future books. Just not a fan of this particular book.
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If i could give this less stars i would. Its a sarah palin commercial and the worst part is the narrative is essentially Liberals, rather Obama is horrible and Republicans...i.e. Reagan ...was good. The thing is the supporting statements to make such an argument are...oh whats the word...NOT THERE. Furthermore, lets call a spade a spade, no one goes under the assumption that Sarah Palin has more political intelligence than your average high school student body president so i suppose we shouldn't be surprised.
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Couldn't get past the first chapter.
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I LOL'd
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This book is a testament to the American spirit! Her Maverick ways have transformed the political landscape as we know it! Mission Accomplished Sarah! The liberal media has tried to silence her but she is way more smart than they are. I am an avid Ferret enthusiast who has been repressed by my state government, just like Sarah. There have been many times when I just wanted to give up the fight for Ferret liberation. When I feel like I am going to lose this fight, I think of all the Obstacles that Sarah has gone up against in her life. Sarah is fighting for the us, the American citizens that believe that through her maverick ways, she can get rid of taxes, and stop the socialist government that is currently running this country. We have a Muslim in charge of the county, and everyone knows that all Muslims will eventually radicalize, they cant help it, their bible tells them they have to. It's like when honey bees relocate to our country and become Africanized and start stinging and killing people!
I have been reading this book nightly to my ferrets. Yeah, you heard me! I have illegal ferrets in California! They will have to take these ferrets from my cold dead hands! The tiny voices of the ferrets are crying for freedom, and I intend to lead the fight! Sometimes I look at their little faces while I read this book and they almost look like they are wearing little army helmets and are prepared to enter battle in gods war against tyranny and injustice. There have been times when I felt that the little ferrets have begun to lose hope, but every night I read this book to them make them realize that they are fighting the good fight, and will be victorious! You are my hero Sarah!!
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Utter pablum. How truly sad that so many so-called Americans can't recognize worthless vapidity when they read it. What does that say about the hundreds of reviewers that routinely give such right-wing tripe five stars on Amazon? Then check out any esteemed history or political writers and the most they get is about 60 five star reviews. Anything anti-intellecutal is awesome for them! Well, this book is that and much less. It reads like a collection of her light, air-headed speeches. I do find books by right-wingers like Newt Gingrich and others worthwhile. Like him or not, Newt actually puts much thought into developing ideas to make the country better. This book is just a recitation of dingy platitudes that uneducated, frightened people cling to - like a child and blanket. It's a sanitized version of American politics - like a book you would find in the "young adult" section of the library.
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She doesn't know anything "by heart". If she did, she would not make such stupid speeches like she recently did in Iowa. The party's almost over for ya Sarah! When President Obama finishes his 2nd term, she will have no one else to bad mouth. Let's be clear, the next president will be "white". Do you really think they (white people in power) will let this idiot bad mouth another white person? I seriously doubt it. She will be silenced. Her job consisted of saying bad things about the first black President. That gig will be over soon. Her own party is slowly throwing her under the bus. It's just a matter of time and she will be gone! Her money will probably dry up and her looks will fade even more. It's just a matter of time. The republican party knew all along that she was an idiot, but they played along because she was always aiming her stupidity at the black president. Now the republicans are about to kick her to the curb. It's just a matter of time, just wait and see. My prediction is that she will end up like those ignorant people who win the lottery and end up broke after a few years. That's all it really was for Sarah Palin. When John McCain picked her, it was like winning the lottery for Sarah Palin and her dysfunctional family. They could not believe their luck. Well it's almost over now...
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Terrible!
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