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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin [Hardcover]

Joe McGinniss
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Sept. 20 2011

rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.
In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss’s subject. Although he didn’t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its “last frontier” image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people. More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin.

On Election Day 2008, McGinniss began his on-the-ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in spring 2010. THE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing: a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin—and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions “Who is she, really?,” “How did she happen?,” and “Will she ever go away?”

In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality—how that space is created, negotiated, and/or manipulated. Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the façades of people in public life. The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin’s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author’s day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth.

Readers will find THE ROGUE at once bitingly insightful, hilarious, and profoundly ominous in what it reveals—not just about the dark underpinnings of a potential presidential nominee but also in regard to the huge numbers of Americans who passionately support her.

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“Plunging into a subject without wearing blinders is an engaging investigative method, and McGinniss, as he always manages to do, pushes the story forward in momentum while continuing to link new material with bits of information from past experiences and interviews. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

About the Author

Joe McGinniss is the author of eleven previous books, including The Selling of the President, Going to Extremes, Fatal Vision, Blind Faith, Cruel Doubt, and The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. He lives in Massachusetts with the writer and editor Nancy Doherty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars unfairly trashed Sept. 27 2011
The previous reviewer gave an excellent summation of this book. It is well written and paints a compelling picture of its subject. I have never been able to ascertain what the media sees in constantly pushing this woman on the world other than a lot of the public are addicted to reality shows. By not reading it carefully and choosing to focus on a few salacious details, the reviewers who are panning the book are doing the public a great disservice. I suspect that many did not read it and based their reviews on the details "leaked" by the tabloids. I urge you to read it for yourself before you judge. Much of the information about Palin's behavior and the behavior of people in Wasilla is confirmed by both Bailey and Dunn as well as by other sources.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Story? March 28 2012
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If it were possible to give it no stars I would have done so. Can I return it for misleading advertizing?

"Readers will find THE ROGUE at once bitingly insightful, hilarious, and profoundly ominous in what it reveals'not just about the dark underpinnings of a potential presidential nominee but also in regard to the huge numbers of Americans who passionately support her."

I bought the book hoping for a good gossipy read in front of the fire on a cold winter day. I'm still waiting! What a boring waste of time; self-promotion on a grand scale by McGinniss. I'm pleased about his return to Alaska where he once worked. I'm glad his friends invited him to dinner, I'm so pleased about the ducks by the water's edge, and about his wife's visit (or was it visits? he talked so much about it, I'm sure it was more than 1 visit) and his grandchildren. And on and on.

OK, there was the bit about the bizarre Palins next door putting up a fence to protect themselves; about her born-again religion, her tacky parenting skills and so forth. But that couldn't have taken more than 2 chapters of the 336 pages.

Sorry I bought it, and I don't say that about many books.

Don't say you weren't warned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin Sept. 24 2012
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Excellent book~!! Well writen and engaging. You don't have to like Sarah Palin (I don't) to find this book VERY interesting~!! Shocking, really~!! I highly recommend it. I try not to miss anything that is written by Joe McGinnis.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time March 11 2012
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I thought that being written by a respected journalist this would be a good read... hardly. I didn't like the theme, it wasn't biographical, very biased, his writting style is absolutely terrible, he doesn't tell a story but jumps around with random facts, all while inviting you to form your own opinion about Palin, yet never missing an opportunity to bash the poor woman based on nothing but his own dislike for her. Alot of his sources coincidently chose to remain unnamed, and because of that a lot of it seemed made up in his own little head
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good look at Sarah Palin and her world. Sept. 20 2011
I read Joe McGinniss's book "The Rogue" on a Kindle download today. Very good but I was puzzled by the writing style. I normally dislike writers who insert themselves into the non-fiction they write. It's usually intrusive and does not add to the story. But reading McGinniss, I realised WHY he inserted himself in the story; because they way he was treated by both the Palin family and press corps when he rented the house next to theirs WAS part of the story!

Joe McGinniss has been writing non-fiction for forty years or so. His first book, "The Selling of the President 1968" followed Theodore White's "The Making of the President 1960", and its sequel, "Making of the President, 1964". McGuinniss captured brilliantly the machinations that go into political campaigns by concentrating on the Nixon/Agnew campaign and how easily a politician can sell his soul for political power. McGuinniss followed "Selling", with true-crime and other non-fiction work, including a look at Alaska in the 1970's.

In 2010, Joe McGuinniss returned to Alaska to write about Sarah Palin and the "Palin Phenomenon" that had swept the political world since her elevation by John McCain to the second spot on the Republican 2008 presidential ticket. For better or for worse, "Palin-mania" was a force to be reckoned with by both sides of the political spectrum. McGuinniss tried to make sense of Sarah Palin and her world. During his stay in Wasilla, he interviewed both Palin partisans and those opposed to her during her rise to political power in the small town. Many people talked "on the record", while others talked "anonymously". He was also helped by Alaskan-based bloggers like Jesse Griffin from "The Immoral Minority", as well as by Shannyn Moore and others.
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