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As chief executive of America's largest state, Sarah Palin had built a record as a reformer who pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector energy infrastructure project in U.S. history. She was also a Main Street ...

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Overview

One Year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage like a comet. Yet even now, few Americans know who this remarkable woman really is.

As chief executive of America's largest state, Sarah Palin had built a record as a reformer who pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector energy infrastructure project in U.S. history. She was also a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue-collar union man, and mother of five children.

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her life-long 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.

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Matthew Continetti
Palin's memoir is everything you'd expect from a politician who has no intention of leaving the national scene. …she tells homespun stories, cracks a few jokes, provides juicy campaign gossip and lets the reader know where she stands on issues such as the right to life, government taxes and spending, health care and climate change…Palin tells her side of a story that's usually told by her opponents. It's the tale of how she rose from small-town mayor to the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee to her current status as global celebrity and one of the most polarizing figures in American politics. She writes in the warm, casual, occasionally corny voice that has made her so lovable to some and revolting to others. I'll go out on a limb and predict that if you like Palin, you'll like Going Rogue
—The Washington Post
Michiko Kakutani
Going Rogue…is part cagey spin, part earnest autobiography, part payback hit job. And its most compelling sections deal not with politics but with Ms. Palin's life in Alaska and her family…she does a lively job of conveying the frontier feel of the 49th state, where television broadcasts were tape-delayed in her youth and they shopped for clothes "via mail order through the Sears catalog," where "we don't have big-league professional sports teams or many celebrities (except famous dog mushers)," and so regard politics as a local sport.
—The New York Times
Rush Limbaugh
Truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve ever read
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061939891
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska, the youngest and first woman elected to the office; the first woman Republican vice-presidential candidate in American history; and the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers Going Rogue and America by Heart. She was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2010, hosted TLC's Sarah Palin's Alaska, and is a Fox News contributor. The mother of five children and grandmother of two, she lives with her husband, Todd, in Wasilla, Alaska.

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Going Rogue
An American Life

Chapter One

The Last Frontier

I don't believe that God put us on earth to be ordinary.
...Lou Holtz

It was the Alaska State Fair, August 2008. With the gray Talkeetna Mountains in the distance and the first light covering of snow about to descend on Pioneer Peak, I breathed in an autumn bouquet that combined everything small-town America with rugged splashes of the Last Frontier. Cotton candy and foot-long hot dogs. Halibut tacos and reindeer sausage. Banjo music playing at the Blue Bonnet Stage, baleen etchings, grass-woven Eskimo baskets, and record-breaking giant vegetables grown under the midnight sun.

Inching through rivers of people with Trig, our four-month-old son, cradled in my arms, I zigzagged from booth to booth, from driftwood art to honeybee keeping to home-brewed salmon-berry wine. Bristol and Willow, our teenage daughters, roamed ahead with friends, heads together, laughing, thumbs tapping cell phones. Piper, seven, my constant sidekick since the moment she was born, bounced along at my hip, pinching off fluffs of cotton candy, her reward for patiently accommodating my stop-and-go progress through the crowd. For the most part, she was comfortable watching the grip-and-grin photos and hearing the friendly chitchat with constituents that I enjoyed as part of my job as governor of the state. Every few moments, I pulled my right arm free from baby duty to shake hands with folks who wanted to say hello.

"Hey, Sarah! You never miss the fair!"

"Oh, my goodness, is that the new little one? Let me say hi to him . . ."

"Price of energy's pretty high, Governor. When are they gonna ramp up drilling?"

A robin's egg sky arced overhead, the brisk kick in the air hinting at winter's approach. Like a family conga line, we wound our way among the vendors and exhibits: from pork chops on a stick to kettle corn, veggie weigh-ins, and livestock competitions. A local dance troupe took to the stage and the music blared, competing with the constant hum of generators and squealing kids on rides. Ahead, on my right, I saw the Alaska Right to Life (RTL) booth, where a poster caught my eye, taking my breath away. It featured the sweetest baby girl swathed in pink, pretend angel wings fastened to her soft shoulders.

"That's you, baby," I whispered to Piper, as I have every year since she smiled for the picture as an infant. She popped another cloud of cotton candy into her mouth and looked nonchalant: Still the pro-life poster child at the State Fair. Ho-hum.

Well, I still thought it was a nice shot, as I did every time I saw it on its advertisements and fund-raiser tickets. It reminded me of the preciousness of life.

It also reminded me of how impatient I am with politics.

A staunch advocate of every child's right to be born, I was pro-life enough for the grassroots RTL folks to adopt Piper as their poster child, but I wasn't politically connected enough for the state GOP machine to allow the organization to endorse me in early campaigns.

From inside the booth, a very nice volunteer caught my glance, so I tucked my head inside, shook hands, and thanked the gracious ladies who put up with the jeers of those who always protested the display. With their passion and sincerity, the ladies typified the difference between principles and politics. As I signed the visitors' book, I saw Piper's picture again on the counter and became annoyed at my own annoyance. I still hadn't learned to accept the fact that political machines twist and distort public service...and that, a lot of times, very little they do makes any sense.

Years before, I had seen our state speeding toward an economic train wreck. Since construction began in 1975 on what would become Alaska's economic lifeline, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, it had grown increasingly obvious to everyday Alaskans that many of their public servants were not necessarily serving the public. Instead they had climbed into bed with Big Oil. Meanwhile, in a young state whose people clung to America's original pioneering and independent spirit, government was growing as fast as fireweed in July.

It didn't make sense.

It seemed that true public service, crafting policies that were good for the people, had become increasingly derailed by politics and its infernal machines. But I had a drive to help, an interest in government and current events since I was a little kid, and I had become aware of the impact of common sense public policy during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. I was intrigued by political science in college and studied journalism because of my passion for the power of words. And I had been raised to believe that in America, anyone can make a difference.

So I got involved. I served first on the Wasilla City Council, then two terms as mayor, helping turn our sleepy little town into the fastest-growing community in the state. Then I served as an oil and gas regulator, overseeing the energy industry and encouraging responsible resource development, Alaska's main economic lifeline. In 2002, as my second mayoral term wound down, my husband, Todd, and I began to consider my next step. With four busy kids, I would certainly have enough going on to keep me occupied, even if I chose to put public service aside. And for a while, I did. But I still felt a restlessness, an insistent tugging on my heart that told me there were additional areas where I could contribute.

From what I could see from my position in the center of the state, the capital of Juneau seemed stocked mainly with "good ol' boys" who lunched with oil company executives and cut fat-cat deals behind closed doors. Like most Alaskans, I could see that the votes of many lawmakers lined up conveniently with what was best for Big Oil, sometimes to the detriment of their own constituents.

When oil began flowing from Prudhoe Bay in 1977, billions of dollars flowed into state coffers with it. The state raked in more revenue than anyone could have imagined...billions of dollars almost overnight! And the politicians spent it. Government grew rapidly. One quarter of our workforce was employed by state and local governments, and even more was tied to the state budget through contracts and subsidies. Everyone knew there was a certain amount of back-scratching going on. But an economic crash in the 1980s collapsed the oil boom. Businesses closed and unemployment soared.

Going Rogue
An American Life
. Copyright © by Sarah Palin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Last Frontier 1

Ch. 2 Kitchen-Table Politics 63

Ch. 3 Drill, Baby, Drill 105

Ch. 4 Going Rogue 209

Ch. 5 The Thumpin' 341

Ch. 6 The Way Forward 383

Epilogue 397

A View from Alaska Dewey Whetsell Whetsell, Dewey 405

Acknowledgments 409

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    True Reviews: Let's Rate Books for the Book, Not Just our Opinion of the Author

    Talk about not judging a book by its cover...those who readily admit they will never read this book yet rate it poorly. How is it that there are so many reviews and ratings for a book that isn't even released yet? No, these ratings must be for the author herself.

    As it is always hard to determine tone through typed words, this is not at all meant to be harsh or unkind. I merely suggest reading a book (or even part) before submitting a review...then at least there would be ground for disagreements and issues for discussion. Otherwise, it's like rating an item on Amazon.com because you disliked the commercial, even though you don't and won't ever use or own the product. Just a thought...

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    A fascinating look at Sarah Palin

    I just finished. More than half the book deals with Palin's life before the presidential campaign, where most of us were introduced to her. We learn about Palin's fondness for caribou meat, and that Palin is an admirer or the right's beloved Reagan. One is led to think she sees herself as being the one to carry on his legacy. She gives us 6 chapters that provide details of her life, her early days in AL to the presidential campaign and decision to resign as governor. Palin tells us many of the things that happened inside the McCain campaign. For example, even when she wanted to answer many simple questions such as "How do you feel? What is it like? What's your message to Alaskans?" she was instructed not to answer. "Not allowed," she writes. "Too dangerous. The national media might pick up the interview." Having read the book, I think emotional intelligence is what sets her apart. I just finished the book "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" and can see the connection.

    77 out of 109 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2009

    Sarah's ghostwriter

    Per Google and the Rachel Maddow show 9/30/2009, Sarah's ghostwriter is Lynn Vincent, "collaborator" on numerous other books. Go ahead and Google and see what you think. (P.S. Obviously have not read the book, but a star rating is required for this review. I do not plan to read the book.)

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Going Rogue is more like Going fluff

    Sarah Palin states in her book that she is questioned on abortion but gives few actual specifics. For example when questioned if abortion should be illegal for a young teenage girl who is raped, she dodges the question of legality. She does not state if she would make that type of abortion illegal or not. The most she states is that she would support a vague support system for the baby and mother and would not send the mother to jail. Left unsaid is if she would send the abortion doctor to prison or the very specific question of should such an abortion be illegal. I think Palin dodges it because she supports a total ban on abortion and most Americans (including independents and swing voters) do not want a ban on all types of abortions, especially if a teenage girl is raped by her own father. So for a politican (and that is what she is for all her populist rhetoric) she walks a narrow path in order to appear to more voters. So much for the "Straight talk express" that she was a quasi-member. Palin skirted other issues or changed her tune while running for the VP slot. For example, her position on global warming evolved from one of doubt to being unsure. She definately downplayed her far rightwing religious views. She definately does not want the American people to know of her belief in witches as evidenced by a youtube video. In fact, her politics are not much different then Pat Robertson but being more attractive. Palin is a woman who believes that those who don't share her beliefs aren't "real Americans" like her. She stated this at a campaign rally in North Carolina. I guess the region of the country that in't part of "real America" is whoever doesn't vote for the rightwing. She frequently hides behind the military when criticized intead of meeting her critics head on. In contrast to Palin, Mike Huckabee wrote a book that actually listed real ideals and policy ideas for America. I might not agree with Huckabee but he is a person who has thought through various ideas. The rightwing tries to make Palin out as some victim of leftwing sexism but that is a red herring. She is not ready and never will be for big time politics, like Dan Quayle. Quayle, like Palin, wasn't opposed for his sex but because both are empty suits.

    52 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

    Sarah America takes the literary world by storm

    Sarah Palin is an amazing woman who transcends traditional boundaries and represents all Americans regardless of their political affiliation.

    Her eagerly awaited inspiring tale is already a bestseller. The response to this book has been unprecedented, as people from all walks of life have pre-ordered her story in incredible numbers.

    Read the real story behind America's next great leader, Sarah Palin. Going Rogue. This is the Sarah Palin that Hollywood and the liberal media don't want you to know about.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    It's a small world after all...

    That dweeb actor Matt Damon feared if Palin were to become president and McCain had won and then died in office, he compared it to being "a really bad Disney movie". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6urw_PWHYk I wonder if he doesn't realize the really bad Disney movie the country is currently in?! We have a 'Mickey Mouse' leader, who countless of times has "acted stupidly" with his 'Goofy' Harvard mouth, bad mouthing people exercising their Constitutional Rights to peaceably assemble and express their grievances. Being 'The Absent-Minded Professor', bad mouthing MA cops. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXlu-hwPrrw When "Finding Nemo", you might want to look under the bus. It seems to be a popular place where you can find most anybody, such as Obama's typical white person grandmother, his Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Mass. Police, his friend Harvard Prof. Gates, Eastern Europe... mighty crowded under that bus. He travels 'Around The World in 80 Days' while his czars, I like to think of them as "Ratatouille's", are becoming reminiscent of 'The Apple Dumpling Gang'. I just hope he doesn't become "Chicken Little" and play politics with the lives of the brave men and women in Afghanistan because he has to listen to the left wing loons of his party as opposed to being "The Mighty Duck" and listen to his Generals! But if "The Emperor's New Groove" is to listen to the leftwing loons, I hope it doesn't come at the expense of servicemen lives. He and his team came into office as "The Incredibles" but are fast becoming "Operation Dumbo Drop"! While that "National Treasure" Sarah Palin may be the "Underdog", I bet if the presidential election were held today, I doubt Obama would retain the Independent vote that helped eek him into office and "Now You See Him, Now You don't". However, with Palin, there's "Never a Dull Moment" and her administration would be "The Neverending Story" to the sorry press we have today, but Palin is "The Miracle Worker" and that is precisely what this country is going to need after four years of "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones"! So I can't wait for Sarah's book and more importantly, the second book highlighting her time as the first female President of the United States entitled "Follow Me, Boys!" while the lefty loons go to "A Far Off Place"! http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/a-to-z.html

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    American Icons

    It is a shame that people polarize themselves to support their beliefs, most our our politicians and current President have a gift to lead; they exercise that gift to their ability, which at times is not perfect...Who is? Sarah Palin is a leader like many of her fans and opponents, I applaud her for fulfilling her role in life. I am sure her book will inspire a certain group of people, I especially like her religious convictions. I am a independent bookstore owner, and I will carry her book even though I did not vote for her. Now that is America!

    46 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Sarah 2012!

    I can't wait to read this book. Sarah says what we all want to say. She represents what is great in America.

    45 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    It's a Masterpiece

    In this book former Governor Palin outlines conservative solutions to fix the problems facing our nation.

    45 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Palin Power

    An ordinary American woman who has done extraordinary things. An American leader who is not embarassed or afraid to defend America. What an amazing life!

    45 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    I ordered my first copy yesterday

    I look so forward to reading her actual account of her life and what her hopes and dreams are for our country. I read her entire speech when she recently went to China and if her book is anywhere near the masterful piece she wrote for that event it will be huge.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    This book is going to be a best seller.

    During the 2008 elections, Sarah Palin turned the political world upside down, and she's not done yet. Whenever Palin says anything the media is set on fire. This book will be a number one, I just know it.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    Can't wait!!

    I look forward to reading Gov. Palin's book. Yes, I believe she wrote it -- without the aid of a ghost-writer. I want to learn about her principles and values. Gov. Palin is remarkably similar, philosophically, to Margaret Thatcher and Pres. Reagan.

    As the press continues to villify Gov. Palin, I become more convinced that they are afraid of her. Margaret Thatcher was called the "Iron Lady." Sara Palin will be the Iron Lady of the United States. She is the one who can lead the nation back from the precipice of socialism.

    40 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Sarah Palin is the face of America!

    Despite her young age, Sarah Palin has already lived a rich and extraordinary life. I have no doubt that she will be our nation's President one day. There are very few individuals who could have been air-dropped in the middle of a national presidential campaign and, despite having been relentlessly smeared and abused by the liberal media, her handlers, even her former future son-in-law, confronted this assault with such resilience, grace and dignity. She is still standing, and has won the hearts and minds of a great many Americans. Sarah Palin is the voice of Americans who believe, as the Founding Fathers did, in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Godspeed Sarah, I can't wait to read your amazing story without the filter of the media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    Sarah Palin's Going Rogue will sell out before it is released

    I'm sure that there will have to be several printings of this book, millions more will want it after the original printing is sold out. it will sell out before it is released.

    39 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    A Must Read!

    Former Governor of Alaska finally gets to tell her side of the story without the bias of the mainstream media.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Going Rogue: An American Life

    This is a long awaited expose' on the REAL Sarah Palin written BY the Real Sarah Palin.

    39 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Need electronic version of this book

    Wish I could order it to use on my iPod or Kindle.
    Can't wait to read this book by our future President!

    38 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    anxious

    I'm anxiously awaiting this book. I ordered this morning, and it was at #688, within an hour it was at #29, and now it's #1. Despite the fact that amazon doesn't even have it on its search engine, and to get to their page you have to google for the link, it has risen to #23 the last time I looked. If they were on the ball it would be #1 over there as well. It was a brilliant move on Palin's part to get the book out as early as possible, both to catch the Holiday Book Buying Season, and to beat a couple of anti-Palin types who are scribbling out their screeds in crayon, and were geared up to release their books in the spring when Palin's book was originally scheduled for release.

    38 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Interesting

    I find Sarah a very interesting woman, and her life so much more interesting than most women and mothers that I have heard about, that have a life both in Government and private.
    For me, ANY, mother/wife that can balance all this and put up with all of the bashing and put downs and give speechs that make sence and make middle americans feels that we are all on the same page, is someone that I feel is worth reading.
    I do not think that she has to be Demo or a Repu to make sence and understand what is needed and what we as Americans need.

    37 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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