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Book Review: Going Rogue

December 5, 2009

Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

I just finished reading Sarah Palin’s autobiography.  The whole book–not just Chapter 1 as Deborah J. Saunders, who wrote a dismissive review on Townhall last week, obviously did.   Not just the juicy campaign parts that the media immediately pounced on.  As Sarah herself might say, the whole kit and caboodle.

I’ll give you my appraisal up front: it’s a great book.   I’d read her biography by Kaylene Johnson last year so I already had a good idea of who the real Sarah Palin is.  Palin’s book is about 400 pages and the first half mirrored in greater depth the events of Sarah’s life before she burst on the national stage in August 2008.

The second half deals with the vice presidential campaign, the events up to her resignation from the governorship and the writing of the book itself.  The campaign parts are fascinating to someone who’s never been on the inside of a political campaign but who did watch the events of 2008 unfold.  It is very honest, complimentary to many and not so much to others.  She doesn’t give herself a pass either.  It’s been written that she plays the victim. I didn’t read it that way at all.

I can’t help but contrast this biography with those of Barack Obama.   She didn’t have a ghost-writer and she sticks to the facts.  That’s a big difference between the conservative mindset with an emphasis on facts and rationality and the liberal one with an emphasis on feelings and where the truth is relative.

I would also say that this is an important book.  Read it and reflect on it.  If, when you finish reading this book, you still don’t understand or agree with Sarah Palin, then you don’t really understand or agree with the ideal of America.   She’s as American as apple pie: a strong faith and a belief in fiscal responsibility, limited government, and the unlimited potential of the American people.


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