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Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs [NOOK Book]

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Best known as Bristol Palin’s baby daddy and Sarah Palin’s favorite whipping boy, Levi Johnston sets out to clear his name and—with any luck—end his run as Alaska’s most hated man. 

Promising hockey player and Governor Palin’s almost son-in-law, Levi Johnston was eighteen when Palin became the vice presidential nominee. His unique place as Bristol’s live-in boyfriend provided him a true insider’s view of what was going on behind closed ...
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Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs

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Overview

Best known as Bristol Palin’s baby daddy and Sarah Palin’s favorite whipping boy, Levi Johnston sets out to clear his name and—with any luck—end his run as Alaska’s most hated man. 

Promising hockey player and Governor Palin’s almost son-in-law, Levi Johnston was eighteen when Palin became the vice presidential nominee. His unique place as Bristol’s live-in boyfriend provided him a true insider’s view of what was going on behind closed doors.  And how Sarah’s public views were often at odds with her home values. It makes it all the more curious that Sarah eventually turned her anger directly on Levi, after losing her ticket to the White House 
    After being bullied, lied about, and outspent in the courts when he attempted to bond with his new son, Tripp, Levi Johnston now is ready to set the record straight. 
    Deer in the Headlights is a poignant, at times very funny, and fascinating tale of a boy thrust into the media spotlight and now figuring out how to be an adult and a dad. Johnston, ever honest, had a unique window into Palintology at a critical time; he sat in the family’s living room and paid attention. Not bitter and never petty, Levi shares his story.    
    As Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC so aptly put it: “I love that kid. He's honest, he's straightforward, he's not embarrassed.”
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Through no choice of his own, Levi Johnston's life changed forever on August 28th, 2008, when John McCain named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Before then, this Wasilla High School dropout had just been an electrician-in-training who happened to be dating the governor's daughter. Before Election Day, however, he would become known worldwide as the unwed father-to-be of young Bristol's baby. Since then, Johnston has experienced a myriad of transformations and challenges, including custody battles and public controversies, all of which are covered in this winning unpretentious memoir. A winning read for Palin watchers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451651676
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 703,603
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston was born in a tiny Alaskan town perched on the edge of untamed wilderness. Johnston, twenty-one, has been an outdoorsman since he was big enough to hold a fishing rod and aim a rifle. He has worked as an electrician’s apprentice and roustabout in Port Valdez and on Alaska’s North Slope. After his appearance as an honorary Palin family member at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Johnston modeled for Playgirl and was profiled in GQ, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine and a guest on Today, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, and Larry King Live. He is the father of a young son, Tripp, and lives in his hometown of Wasilla.
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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Give the kid a break

    He made some poor choices, as many people his age do, and then was suddenly shoved into the national consciousness whether he wanted to be or not. Not many would be able to handle the spotlight being shined on our mistakes. He can't see his son if he doesn't pay child support, rather hefty support, at that. There's nothing wrong with Levi Johnston trying to garner some payment for the upheaval that's infected his life. He's just doing the same thing the Palins are doing. If these people are the Christians they purport to be and really care about the well-being of that child, they will stop their nonsense and let the boy and his father have some time together.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Terrible

    Don't bother!

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Sad

    A very good read, but it makes me sad that he doesn't have his son.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    reminds me of Humphrey Bogarts line in Casablanca "of all the towns, she had to walk into mine"

    Deer in the Headlights is like a memoir; Levi Johnston tries to portray himself as an average joe who likes to hunt, fish, and a particular woman who gets caught up in an situation with romance, intrigue, betrayal, and suspicion. A situation that perhaps no teen should have to face and deal with. A stituation where people (Palins) profess religion and yet never see the inside of a church, or a service. A situation where people (Palins) profess family values, and yet the mother and father never ever sleep together, the family never eats together, and yet, where everyone is saying we have better family values than the johnstons. Meanwhile, if the Palins are so wealthy, why does Bristol still depend on Levis 1, 750$ check every month? If Levi is so bad, why is Bristol still taking him to court? who is the more productive member, Bristol who is always complaining or Levi, who is out there getting a job, working? At least Levi is going to the University of ALaska, I hope he continues his education and gets a law degree.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Well worth the read. Very different perspective on a very public family.

    Mr. Johnston certainly adds clarity and inside information on how the Palin family manipulates the people around them and uses people in the media to further their own selfish goals. I am sure this took a great deal of courage to write this book. 4 stars!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    No. Dont waste your money or energy

    LEVI YOURE AN IDIOT!!! pretty sure you knew youd be in the "spotlight" when u got with the GOVERNORS daughter. Poor excuses, not worth your time of day! Dont blame your poor choices on someone else!

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great read

    Buy it! Very sad a father can't be with his son. I hope they will work out there differences.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Don't waste your money!

    Don't waste your money.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Exploitative

    Dull

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Interesting read

    This book gives you some insight into the real Levi Johnston (assuming the events as related are true). He comes across as a down to earth guy trying his best to cope with a world he is thrown into. The Palins come across as a very dysfunctional family, as least from the author's viewpoint. I was pleased to see that he did not stoop to some of the bad-mouthing and immature rhetoric that Bristol Palin felt necessary to use at every opportunity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Levi.....an honest memory

    Finally an author who is honest! I feel sadness for the abuse he's gone through and yet his honesty is a tribute. So glad he didn't marry into that tribe!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Great

    Intriging, could not put it down. I will have to re-read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Becca

    Nope. C u there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Abbi

    Spreads he legsand flashe her juicy flesh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Xena

    "I know."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    He is so hot!

    Plus his son is so adorable. I always hoped they would get back together you know Bristol and him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Bad

    I would give it a zero

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    highly recommended

    very interesting. Well worth the read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    it was okay.

    Wasn't totally what I was expecting. But it was okay :-) I didn't totally hate it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

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