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Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down Paperback – September 1, 2008
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This is a basic introduction to Mrs. Palin, a place to start for anyone wanting to find out about her early years.
This brief book, a character sketch with many photos, is written in a straightforward style. It holds Sarah Palin in a very positive light. (Initially published before her selection as the GOP running mate, this version has been renamed and scooped up by people like me as an attempt to get to know her.) She is portrayed as an ordinary mom (a hockey mom) who, according to her father, has had an impenetrable stubborn streak since childhood.
The family came to Alaska from Idaho in 1969. She is the daughter of a teacher (and part time hunting/fishing guide) and a school secretary. They lived modestly. Her highlight reel in public life includes a captain's position on the high school JV basketball team, the beauty queen title "Miss Wasilla," and stint on the city council. This was her introduction to the good old boys network, which she has spent the rest of her career pushing aside. She was elected president of the Alaska Council of Mayors, chaired the gas and oil conservation commission and gained a reputation as a reformer. Next step: the Governor's office, which she's held for two years.
Does this brief introduction to this head-turning politician enable the reader to decide whether or not she's qualified to be a heartbeat away from the highest elected office in the land? No. Is it an interesting read? Yes. All party politics aside, she's a fascinating woman. And right now, this slim book provided more information than I could get anywhere else.
Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club.
This book is an enjoyable, friendly, and compelling story of the rise of an Alaskan women to the Governor's mansion. It was written before Gov. Palin became the Vice Presidential nominee. Apparently, it is being republished by a major publisher. This edition is by a small publisher.
This is not an expose or an in-depth assessment of Gov. Palin's personal life or politics. You will not find any psychoanalysis, cultural critique, or political theorizing. It is a homey biography. The broad outlines are of a truly Alaskan (tough, independent) women whose determination and principles led her into political leadership and to challenge some of the major political players in Alaska.
Readers will become more informed about the Alaskan way of life, which is quite alien to many in "the lower forty-eight," as we say. Alaskans love the outdoors, its scenery and wildlife. They often hunt, fish, climb, and sky. It is an oil-rich state with a significant population of native Alaskans from various tribes. (Gov. Palin is married to a man who is half native Alaskan.) Those who write off Gov. Palin as "the new governor of a sparsely populated state" (the Democrats' talking point) will find that governing Alaskans is anything but easy. The state brings its own unique challenges and requires real savvy from its leaders.
I'm sure several books will be written about Sarah Palin in the years to come--and from every possible angle. She is a compelling figure and may be in the political theater (I hope) for years to come. This book, though, will take its place as a matter-of-fact chronicle of an unlikely ascent to public service.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This interesting little book is an excellent introduction to Sarah Palin. The book begins with her birth in Idaho, and moves on through her childhood in Alaska, her education, and... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This was written before Miss Sarah was tapped to be Senator McCains running mate so there is no political agenda in the authors writing. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by leenie
Villifed by some, adored by others; Sarah Palin has certainly become a lightening rod for controversy. This EARLY bio. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by An Observer
Many years ago, while doing a web search for books about "hockey", the keyword search also turned up a few other assorted books. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Andrew Kuligowski
Mom insist or me getting this book for her. She read it over two days and did not want to put it down. She has never asked for Hillary's bookPublished on August 25, 2013 by Keith
This book was ok but not a great read. Is it a book I will keep to read again in the futre--no. It has been donated.Published on January 17, 2013 by Sierra Guy