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Going Rogue: An American Life [Hardcover]

Sarah Palin
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Nov. 17 2009

Going Rogue is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir from Sarah Palin, one of America’s most beloved and controversial political figures. Now with new material, Going Rogue offers plain talk from a true American original about her life, her career, and the future of the country she loves.


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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Going Rogue an American Life Jan. 20 2012
By Jodi Chapters TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Going Rogue March 18 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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25 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Aug. 1 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A common sense conservative May 29 2010
Format:Hardcover
A common sense conservative is how the author describes herself, and when I finished the book, I felt that that's what she really is. She comes across as believable. She names a significant number of people who have been giving her a life-long support, which I don't believe they would do if she were a phony or a power hungry maniac.
She is definitively a "fly-over country character" so despised by the liberal elites, and she pretty much confirms that Democrat Party, due to its lack of any new and progressive ideas since FDR, is using Saul Alinsky's character assasination to destroy its political oponents.
The viciousnes with which Democrats attacked her after the elections testifies to the fact that they consider her to be very dangerous to their agenda... in other words, as someone who would be good for America.
This book is not for people who can't stand Readers' Digest or W.E.B. Griffin.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A simply worded, self promotional dialogue Oct. 6 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm not sure Sarah did herself any favours publishing this book. Or perhaps I'm just not the demographic she was aiming for - clearly the typical blue collar, downtrodden, hard working, American working class.
Not sure I want to say much more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Ordinary American in "The Bigs"
"Going Rogue" invites the reader into Sarah Palin's living room, gubernatorial office, campaign trail and the vision she has for America. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2011 by James Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars A rogue after my own heart
All the details of her life and V.P. run were a real eye opener. This lady has pluck,wisdom and a great love for family and people. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2010 by carolyn s.
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused about the media image of her.
I know CNN, ABC, NBC, and especially CBS have told me I should hate her, but I just don't see it. "Going Rogue" was an interesting read and even theologically inspirational at... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2010 by Professor T
4.0 out of 5 stars Please don't feed the trolls
It's interesting that a new book on Palin, "The Persecution of Sarah Palin", hasn't even been released yet but there's already a negative review posted by a liberal who hates it... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2010 by RushFanForLife
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghost written?
I would like to "refudiate" any claims Palin makes in this book.

Ba-doom-boom! Thank you, goodnight! Read more
Published on July 20 2010 by Dewey Finn
2.0 out of 5 stars Going.... blaw.
I actually bought this for a friend as a joke. Some of the pages are actually pretty funny. People should buy this because it is current and she might be running for president in... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2010 by J. Lapointe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight
Palin's book is both a damning indictment of the liberal bias in media today, and a fascinating look back at last year's U.S. Presidential election. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2009 by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars WE'VE NOT HEARD THE LAST FROM SARAH
No need to introduce the author of this memoir because in a relatively short period of time she has become one of the most widely known and discussed women in America. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2009 by Gail Cooke
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