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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin Hardcover – Sep 20 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.