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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin Hardcover – Sep 20 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307718921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307718921
  • ASIN: 0307718921
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CHESPEN on Sept. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Mooney on 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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By brooke101 on 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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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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