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The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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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

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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 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Geoffrey Dunn has an amazing way with words. To take a subject like Sarah Palin and itemize not only what she does, but WHY she does things is an amazing task. Filled with details and highly sourced, the book takes the reader on a roller coaster of Palin lies, proving she was not only unfit to be a Vice Presidential candidate, but that she couldn't run a small city (Wasilla) without hiring a City Manager. Totally out of her element, Ms Palin has attempted to plow herself into the political discourse by lying about literally everything in her small, pathetic little life and career. Unable to form a cohesive sentence, remember facts, or learn from flash cards, it becomes obvious that Palin is only about making as much money as possible as quickly as she can before people realize she belongs behind bars in a rubber room. Even the McCain Presidential Campaign Committee admits she was unable to learn anything.

From TrooperGate, DairyGate and then on to her "targeting" of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in Tucson in January 2011 - all the details of these squirrely, mixed up sociopathic behaviors Palin exhibits on a regular basis are covered in great detail. Her scattered thoughts, her word salad talking, her multiple and often hilarious flip flops make for a delightful read.

If you like Sarah Palin, this is not the book for you. If you are on the fence, and maybe curious as to what the hype is all about, this book may very well cause you to take sides. In other circumstances, Palin may well be institutionalized by now. How sad that a person with this lack of depth or character has gone as far as she has based on charisma. Sad and pathetic, Palin struggles on. Her future has yet to be written, but if her past is an example, she will not succeed in her wildest dreams.
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