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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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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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No question, author Geoffrey Dunn is not a Palin groupie, but, then, most Americans aren't. After initially luring people in with her superficial charisma at her national "coming out" as John McCain's running mate, Palin's serious character flaws and utter inappropriateness as a political leader has caused most people to basically write her off and focus elsewhere. Dunn's book researches Palin's life from her childhood and upbringing for the beginnings of the characteristics that continually cause her to leave a trail of chaos, anger and confusion behind. He documents many examples showing how she often lies to avoid taking responsibility for problems she herself created, starting with her middle- and high-school sportsmanship through jobs in small town management and to her truncated tenure as governor of Alaska. From a variety of sources and interviews, he demonstrates Palin's tactics of bullying other people and holding onto grudges until she can take vengeance on others when she feels she's been wronged. Many times the slights are actually only in Palin's mind. The book is filled with hundreds of examples of issues and problems created by Palin but which she deftly side-steps in order to paint herself as a victim while making sure blame is laid on the doorstep of anyone other than her. Much discussion is devoted to Palin's unsuccessful vice-presidential candidacy and how her character flaws came to light as the national spotlight shone on her. The great stress of campaigning was compounded by the stressors of her personal life at that time (her last child, a special-needs baby, was still very young at the time of her candidacy of national office). Insights into Sarah Palin during this time are obtained from and reinforced by many members of McCain's "inner circle" of advisors and campaign movers and shakers, including the very people who "vetted" Palin (a job normally completed over 6 months but was actually done in only days). The epilogue brings us to Sarah Palin's activities up to the violent Arizona mass shooting and assassination attempt of Gabrielle Giffords. By then most Americans had realized that about the only thing Sarah Palin was good at was playing victim and sowing seeds of partisanship and divisiveness in America. She continues to have a core group of people who adore the woman and who continue to hope for a day when she'll be voted in as President of the United States. These are people who will never read this or any other book critical of their Sarah, which is unfortunate. After reading this book, I'm happier than ever that Palin's circle of influence continues to shrink, as she is asked for her political opinions less and less, and fewer Republican candidates seek her support. Now she runs a web-based video channel available by (expensive!) subscription which has garnered no where even remotely near the numbers of Sean Hannity, who it seems she hoped to emulate. Eventually even her "good looks" will fade, and her opinions will no longer be sought. It will, of course, be the fault of someone else.
Quite apart from her personality, lies, and emotional immaturity, for me there was the realization that the was and is an Archetype to tap into rallying hate, divisiveness, and negativity, which I feel is directly responsible for whipping up ALL of the "gunmen" (as we like to call them in this country, instead of murderers) who have since gone blotto in theaters, public squares, stores, military centers and more- the relentless rage, disrespect for our leadership figurehead, and petty manipulation that she played out on stage for years was a true invitation to the more degranged individuals in our culture to take these actions.
So while Dunn told a story of the past, the events around the 2008 election directly before and after, and ended his book in 2011, for myself I take her trajectory and influence on the social order right to the heart of inciting evil, eliciting it, and making it seem "OK".
The truth shall set you free.
He gave some insight into the culture that is peculiar only to Alaska and described Palin's responses and reactions to it during her time as governor. I took especial note of Dunn's descriptions and interviews of those Alaskans whose lifestyle is one of subsistence living off the land.
The contents of the book fulfill the meaning of it's title very well. I gave the book 3 stars because I wished that Palin's responses to the particular and various cultures in Alaska would have been more fully described. It was very dry reading but I feel confident that the book was completely fact based and it would difficult for anyone to refute.
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