The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

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by Joe McGinniss
     
 

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Just in time for the kickoff of the 2012 presidential campaign, Joe McGinniss, the author of the classic account of the packaging of a presidential candidate, The Selling of the President, of the acclaimed search for the essence of Alaska, Going to Extremes, and of the bestselling study of the dark family secrets of an American patriarch, Fatal

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Just in time for the kickoff of the 2012 presidential campaign, Joe McGinniss, the author of the classic account of the packaging of a presidential candidate, The Selling of the President, of the acclaimed search for the essence of Alaska, Going to Extremes, and of the bestselling study of the dark family secrets of an American patriarch, Fatal Vision, presents his already controversial investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.

Based on McGinniss’s on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 (which yielded an April 2009 Conde Nast Portfolio cover story) and continued with his return to Alaska in 2010, this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin--and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead. The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad.

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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.
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307718921
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher
“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

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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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
a_reader25 More than 1 year ago
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.
CasperAZ More than 1 year ago
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.
AzLisa More than 1 year ago
The book is not out so you can't review it yet. That is despicable and unfair to the author and other readers.
AlaskaLover More than 1 year ago
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.
morganmad More than 1 year ago
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.
Tina Jones More than 1 year ago
Definitely buy it! It is an interesting read filled with dirty little secrets and small town gossip.
BETKAT More than 1 year ago
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.
CALib More than 1 year ago
Shows the side we don't hear about.
RPatt More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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This is a great book, and all the facts about palin, so take the time and read this great book.
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AvidReaderNS More than 1 year ago
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.
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A terrific book and a real eye opener. After reading I purchased a few more copies to give as gifts. Thank you Mr. McGinniss
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L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
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.