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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin [NOOK Book]

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rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
 
After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural ...

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Overview

rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
 
After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.
 
In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss’s subject. Although he didn’t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its “last frontier” image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people. More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin.

On Election Day 2008, McGinniss began his on-the-ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in spring 2010. THE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing: a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin—and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions “Who is she, really?,” “How did she happen?,” and “Will she ever go away?”

In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality—how that space is created, negotiated, and/or manipulated. Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the façades of people in public life. The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin’s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author’s day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth.

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.

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Love her; hate her; but there is no way to ignore Sarah Palin. Ever since the day in 2008 that presidential candidate John McCain named her as his running mate, the now former Alaska governor and her friends and enemies have been electrifying the airways: Google her and 122,000,000 listings pop up. Few people, however, have been watching the self-proclaimed Rogue more attentively than top-selling political author Joe McGinniss (The Selling of the President). His on-the-ground coverage of her began during the campaign and continued up close after her vice presidential defeat; in fact, McGinniss rented a house adjoining her's as recently as last year. In The Rogue, he continues his search for the real Sarah Palin.

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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

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A bestselling author returns from "Palinland" with colorful stories, none flattering, about its most famous resident. In 2010, to research this book, McGinniss (Never Enough, 2007, etc.) traveled to Alaska and moved in next door to the Palins on Lake Lucille in Wasilla. From this provocative perch he conducted a five-month search for the "real" Sarah Palin, collecting, it seems, every bit of gossip, rumor and innuendo that would expose "this clown in high heels." No connection to scandal is too tenuous (the Palins were family friends of a soldier who pled guilty to the murder of three Afghan civilians), no offense too slight (Sarah once condescended to a physical therapist supporter who offered advice on health care), no flaw too minute (the ghostwriter for Going Rogue misquoted basketball coach John Wooden) for inclusion here. "God's chosen candidate" is foul-mouthed at home and publicly vitriolic. McGinniss' sources supply any number of anecdotes to fill in the portrait of Alaska's youngest and only female governor as paranoid, vindictive, lazy, obsessive, incurious, intolerant and unlettered. Baffled by simple words like "notwithstanding" and "benign," uninterested in the intricacies of policy and devoted far more to celebrity than service, Palin, as office-holder or candidate, has left a "trail of blood in her wake." We learn that her marriage is a fraud and that the "self-proclaimed mama grizzly" can barely be bothered to care for her children, finding them useful only as political props. The kids are out of control, and one of them (the Down syndrome afflicted Trig) may not even be her own. In Going to Extremes (1980), McGinniss wrote wonderfully about Alaska. Here he goes to such extremes, employing a sledgehammer where a scalpel will do, that even confirmed Palin-haters or the two or three Americans who've yet to make up their minds about her will cry, "Hold, enough!" Absolutely no dirt goes unstirred.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307718952
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 407,840
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet 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.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    She's a Mrs. Hyde!

    Sarah Palin has a potty-mouth. A friend of Sarah's, Catherine Mormile, testified that she was on the phone with Sarah and Sarah's kids were screaming and Sarah shouted at them, "You little f**kers, shut up!" In another incident, Sarah was frustrated with tending to her young daugher, Piper, and shouted to a friend, "Take this f**kin' baby!" and she walked out the door. I purchased this NOOKbook and read it in one day. You will learn plenty about the negative side of Sarah Palin.

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Shame on Darth Vader

    The book is not out so you can't review it yet. That is despicable and unfair to the author and other readers.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    This book is good.

    This book is very well written and very interesting. I don't understand why it has received such a backlash in media reviews. It seems to me that the negative reviews may have more to do with the relationship between Joe McGinniss and the media rather than the contents of the book.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Riveting, Horrifying, Hilarious!

    Forget all the fuss and buy this book for what it reveals about a really, um, unique politician/celebrity (what's the diff these days?) from a truly unique state. The way McGinniss tells the story of HER rise, along with HIS adventures as he researches her is just so entertaining. Make no mistake--she is one scary lady, especially her extreme religious beliefs. Why isn't anyone talking about that? Or her abuses of power as mayor and governor?

    Most of all though, this book is just so cleverly constructed and written--as much fun as a delicious novel.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    Gossip

    Do I really care what Sarah do with her life. This kind of books are for people that nothing else to do but to feed their ego ehile they judge others and feel better than others.

    7 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Good book, no matter what reviewers and Palin-bots say

    McGinniss has been unfairly excoriated for writing this book. It appears that, either the reviewers are Palin-bots or resent the completely justified accusation at the end of the book that journalists have not been doing their job. They haven't. The issue about unnamed sources is due to the fact that all of Palin's family and friends were ordered not to talk to him. How does Palin think anyone can get a balanced story if you cut off many of the potential sources? Many others declined to say anything or would only talk under condition of anonymity due to the unreasoning and unending vengefulness of the Palins. McGinniss states this very clearly in the book. Perhaps the reviewers didn't read the whole thing. Still, several people did talk to him for attribution so there are some who can't be bullied by the almighty Palins. While nothing out there, including this book will change anyone's mind about this clown in high heels (great description!), it's important to know as much as possible about someone who has represented herself as something she isn't and seems to aspire to a significant place on the national political stage. Like it or not, she is part of the national scene, though as often in the entertainment section as anywhere else. False accusations and misinformation promulgated by her supporters show just how pathetic this whole show is. DON'T LISTEN TO THE PALIN-BOTS! Read the book and decide for yourself.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Just gossip

    a_reader25,
    The media is probably giving the book such bad reviews because it's come to light that Joe can't provide proof for any of his claims and they want to distance themselves from any fallout. The book itself is nothing more than a gossip version of a political attack against someone the author doesn't like, and someone he publicly announced he was moving near for the express purpose of writing an negative book about.

    If you don't like Palin you'll probably enjoy the attacks, but keep in mind that the accusations in this book are really unsubstantiated gossip. It's better to take a stand on stated policy issues rather than be embarrassed later when your source is exposed and people realize you've just been spreading gossip.

    6 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great book with a sense of humor!

    Definitely buy it! It is an interesting read filled with dirty little secrets and small town gossip.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    The Rogue reveals the true Palin

    I read this book hoping for a reason to like Palin. McGinniss has written a credible and insightful book about a woman who has no place in politics. Her antics as Mayor and Governor tell the story; her upbringing explains how she treats people especially if she can't get anything from them. I can't figure out what McCain was thinking when he selected her; one of the biggest blunders of all time. Palin won't run for President because she would have to deflect past unethical behavior while feeling the heat from a direct spotlight. She prefers to spend her time thinking of herself and banking as much money as possible. I was exhausted by her behavior and it's clear many of the residents of Alaska feel much the same way.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    Excellent book-thought provoking and humorous

    A terrific book and a real eye opener. After reading I purchased a few more copies to give as gifts. Thank you Mr. McGinniss

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Well Written

    Shows the side we don't hear about.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Stupid

    Stupid is as stupid does

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Incredible

    I bought because of the grief the author recievef on the view. This iis a well documemted and well researched book. Igive this a must read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    save your money

    A total waste of paper. While it tried to expose personalities it also became a diary of the author's personal experiences with friends. IE visits from wife, earlier memories of visits to Alaska.
    Not up to his past writings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Dirt Bag Book

    I do not like books that just spin dirt --- be they anti Clinton, Bush, Obama or Palin. A writer can always find someone to say negative things and then just report the negative --- avoiding a balanced approach. This book is negative to the extreme, in the same manner as several books written about Obama.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Excellent

    Loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Loved it

    A real insight into Sarah and her origins.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Love Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin is a great Lady Love her

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Primarily a repeat of known characteristics of Palin

    After I read the book, I asked myself "why?". I don't agree with Palin and I am puzzled about her unwarranted personal appeal but yet, I was also drawn into purchasing this book. Hopefully, Palin will be a passing fancy for the media and will disappear into the obscurity of her life before McCain unleashed her on us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    The truth

    This is a great book, and all the facts about palin, so take the time and read this great book.

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