Going Rogue: An American Life Hardcover – Nov 17 2009
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Truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve ever read (Rush Limbaugh)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This conservative, multi-talented family woman, just like all successful conservative women, is a threat to the Democrat base. That's the reason she was so savagely, ruthlessly, and vociferously attacked by the left, socialists, and progressives. She can take a hit, multiple hits, and she's still standing strong! Kudos to Palin and her entire maligned, courageous family.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2010 by Eagleseye
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 morePublished on Oct. 2 2010 by carolyn s.
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 morePublished on Sept. 27 2010 by Professor T
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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2010 by RushFanForLife
I would like to "refudiate" any claims Palin makes in this book.
Ba-doom-boom! Thank you, goodnight! Read more
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. Read morePublished on May 29 2010 by Sixtyniner
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 morePublished on Jan. 15 2010 by J. Lapointe