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Publishers WeeklyEven before she became a mayor, Sarah Palin wanted to be president. In this full-court press of a polemic, Dunn, an investigative reporter and senior correspondent for Metro Newspapers, serves up this and other choice tidbits surrounding the former Alaska governor's meteoric rise to political superstardom. For Dunn, Palin's political leanings recall the xenophobic Know-Nothing party of the 19th century and are fueled more by self-gratification than any serious interest in policy issues. Palin's long and diverse list of spurned and scorned friends and associates, mainly in Alaska, provide devastating examples of her penchant for playing fast and loose with the truth and other detailed character quirks. Dunn concludes that Palin is "all id...lazy beyond belief and carelessly impulsive." Unfortunately, a journalist's insistence on Palin's suffering from a "narcissistic personality disorder" without consulting actual psychologists or psychologists undercuts this otherwise riveting political drama. Palin enthusiasts are likely to cry foul, but anyone looking for a lively and through account of the Palin phenomenon will be well-rewarded.
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