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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Canada; American First edition (Nov. 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061939897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061939891
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve ever read (Rush Limbaugh)

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On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world.

As chief executive of America′s largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. While revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol′ boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel.

Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn′t a packaged and over-produced "candidate." She was a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom was serving his country in a yearlong deployment in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Palin′s hometown story touched a populist nerve, rallying hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans to the GOP ticket.

But as the campaign unfolded, Palin became a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Supporters called her "refreshing," "honest," a kitchen-table public servant they felt would fight for their interests. Opponents derided her as a wide-eyed Pollyanna unprepared for national leadership. But none of them knew the real Sarah Palin.

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom′s-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen′s extraordinary journey, and imparts Palin′s vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Chapters on Jan. 20 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sarah Palin has been on the hit list of journalists for most of her career. Going Rogue tracks Palin's life both politically and as a wife and mother from small town Alaska. Palin begins her political career as a mayor of Wasilla before becoming the first elected female governor in Alaska, finally becoming the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate.
Palin draws the reader into her humble life as the wife of Todd Palin, employed as a laborer with BP in the North Slope oil fields struggling to pay the bills and raising two children. Ever the outspoken environmentalist and protector of equal rights Palin decides to get involved with politics. She takes us through the fight she endures to be treated as an equal in a "man's" world eventually gaining a foothold all the while still raising a family including a new baby who is handicapped, a son who is deployed to Afghanistan and a daughter pregnant out of wedlock.
Although she isn't well liked in the political arena you have to respect the lady for what she has done in her life and what she stands for. I think one day we'll see her back in the race. Until then, I'd say keep an open mind and read the book if only to realize Palin is just like the rest of us except she lives her life trying to make a difference.
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By Gerrit Bilkes on March 18 2014
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One does not need to agree with Sarah Palin in every way, to appreciate her drive to make a difference in her world. She is a person of strong views and clear objectives, who loves her country, her state, and her family. She may not have achieved all of her goals, but has made quite an impact.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2011
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"Going Rogue" invites the reader into Sarah Palin's living room, gubernatorial office, campaign trail and the vision she has for America. We become familiar with her youth, her life with Todd and their family, her vocational and political rise and her dealings with the powerful. What emerges from this book is a woman who has struggled with challenges and emerged with successes and failures, triumph and heartbreak. We read of her motivation to bring change to Wasilla and stand up to the forces that used Alaska's resources for their gain rather than the benefit of Alaskans. Finally we ride the campaign trail with her as she flies out of Alaskan politics and into the "Big Leagues." Some of the anecdotes are amusing. Perhaps my favorite was the surprise when they got to the convention and saw all of the clothes that had been picked out for them. Sarah could not understand why they could not wear their own clothes. "Do we really look that bad?" The insider view of the campaign is eye opening. The fact that the campaign did such a good job in shopping for the Palins illustrates the detail to which handlers go in packaging their product. The gall in sending all of the clothes to Alaska after the campaign, only to have them sent back, seems a bit much. Getting a bill for the "vetting process" because they lost seems totally unreasonable but, I guess, that is life in the "Bigs."

What impressed me the most about Sarah's political moxy is the way she took on the special interests and negotiated energy concessions while cleaning up the corruption that had taken control of much of the Alaskan body politic. I came out with more respect for her abilities and thinking that she could be as good secretary of Energy.

This book is well written and never lost my interest.
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25 of 41 people found the following review helpful By No Thanks on Nov. 23 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read the books of comedians who work almost exclusively as stand-up comedians before and most fall flat. Sarah Palin has, however, managed to cross the divide between living the life of a comedian and actually being able to write a book that successfully manages to show the reader just why their life is such a joke.

When Disney turned down the script for her life (Matt Damon famously blocked its development) I knew that it would one day have to be written - and here it is. I laughed so hard I cried. And then I actually cried because, apparently, this isn't a joke.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sigrid Macdonald on Aug. 1 2010
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If all you know about Sarah Palin comes from talking heads on CNN, newspaper articles, or worse -- Saturday Night Live -- reading her autobiography would be time well spent.

Frankly, I had erroneously concluded that she was a lightweight intellectual, simply because I never did my homework. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that nothing could be further from the truth. Palin describes her growing up years with her teacher father and her encouraging mother. The vastness of Alaska, and its physical beauty and ruggedness, shape her character, turning her into an athletic, independent, competitive and risk-taking woman. Part of her deep faith in God seems to come from the sheer physical awe and wonder that she feels when she looks at nature.

So many of the things that were written about her during the campaign -- that she's a happy gun-toting, anti-sex education, hypocrite mother are wrong because they're out of context, she claims. Palin explains that many people in Alaska value guns because they actually eat the animals that they shoot. She was never against contraception and calling her a hypocrite because her daughter became pregnant would be like chastising a proponent of drug laws if her child was caught smoking pot. One doesn't have anything to do with the other because no one has control over their teenage children.

Palin explains her political philosophy well in this book, providing more detail than I needed, but quite enough to get the message across that she is a minimalist. A fan of Ronald Reagan's, she believes that people are smart enough to solve their own problems without government intervention.
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