America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

by Sarah Palin


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America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag by Sarah Palin

In the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great.

Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin's life and continue to inform her vision of America's future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation's founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes—themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062010964
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sarah Palin is the former Governor of Alaska, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, published in November 2009. She grew up in Alaska, where she and her future husband, Todd Palin, graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982. Palin graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho. She served two terms on the Wasilla City Council, two terms as the city's mayor and manager, and was elected by her peers as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. She then chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Palin was elected Alaska's youngest, and first female governor, serving from 2006 to 2009. While governor, she was tapped as Senator John McCain's running mate in 2008, becoming the first female Republican vice presidential candidate in our nation's history.

The Palins reside in Wasilla with their five children and one grandson. They enjoy an extended family throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An American Awakening ix

1 We the People 1

2 Why They Serve 35

3 America the Exceptional 61

4 Raising (Small-r) Republicans 91

5 The Rise of the Mama Grizzlies 127

6 Are We Really the Ones We've Been Waiting For? 159

7 The Indispensable Support of Freedom 181

8 I Hear America Praying 207

9 Our North Star 233

Conclusion: Commonsense Constitutional Conservatism 259

Afterword: Governor Palin's Keynote Address, Young America's Foundations Reagan 100 271

Acknowledgments 287

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"america by heart" is a very exellent book. this is sarah palin at her best. the 2012 candidate shares in this bestseller her faith sermons that have been special to her and many of these countrys founding documents that have influenced her and what is very special about this book is she has many special comments and how they have shaped her faith and politics this read will be great to get to know gov palin in 2012 as she will be one of the top contenders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What Sarah Palin has to say may not be for everyone. That's fine. this country we have had a tradition of civil discourse. I am truly disappointed by the tone of the negative "reviews" about this work. If you don't like a personality, fine...but any intelligent person will evaluate the work, not just the writer. Additionally, any intelligent American will not use name calling and condescending epitaths aimed at readers with opposing opinions in hopes of distracting from the void of relevant commentary on the actual work. Like Palin or not...her work needs to be judged on its merit alone, not political vitriole or character assassination. Read her work with an open mind...then decide for yourself. A proud American who still remembers how to agree and disagree respectfully.
Gusty Miller More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin is an excellent and contemporary author. She has a steady rhythm and voice throughout the text and offers strong mentorship to young 20-somethings like myself. If you read the book with an open mind instead of hate you will learn about our great country. Enjoy it, it's wonderful!
Jimmy_Jazz23 More than 1 year ago
If Sara Palin were Catholic and I was the Pope I would lobby for her Sainthood. Out of all the human rights activists, Sara Palin has shown the most compassion. From her work with impoverished refugees in Sri Lanka to her fight for women's rights in Madagascar and Zimbabwe this book shows the true essence of her determination to make this world a better place. Aside from her work abroad she's well seasoned in issues concerning our own fine nation. Look at her friendship with Dr. King and her efforts to register inner-city minorities. She has championed Civil Rights and continues to work with children, primarily in the impoverished sections of New Orleans were hurricane Katrina took it's worst toll. This book goes into her devout faith in theravada Buddhism and strick adherence to meditative and ceremonial practices associated with it. Her firm belief in karma comes through in her writings and she tries to live by these creeds devoutly. If you are at all interested in human and civil rights as well as eastern religions, you NEED to read this book and understand why she is so much more than just a politician.
Sweet_K More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of Palin and I read this book with an open mind. After reading what she had to say, I was still not impressed. The America she loves is making her stinking rich for saying nothing of substance. I will have more respect for her (maybe) if she quits hiding behind Facebook and Twitter and the propaganda of her books and Fox News and faces the public in a non-shielded and protected environment. But that will never happen because she cannot take constructive criticism. The book did nothing for me to convince me she has Presidential substance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to Alaska. Hold up, I misspoke. She's an embarrassment to the USA. Nah, I take that back. She's an embarrasent to North America. No, too small... how about the whole world? Still not cutting it... Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to the universe. Hmm, lemme measure that to make sure... hmm... well, it's on the fence. She technically should be embarrassing so many more people, but there is no more living organisms I haven't already listed... I suppise the universe will have to do. <p> I am an Alaskan, born & raised. I'm from the big city, Anchorage. She's from a small redneck town called Wasilla. I would know, if you're from Wasilla, AK, and you run for pesident, it's gonna be bad news... ;-; . Recentlly we adopted puppies. My mom wanted to get a rescue, but we couldn't find the rght dog for us that was a rescue. We found this guy in Wasilla who as selling Labradoodles (or Laburdoodles as he put it :/ typical Wasilla) on e-bay. He was an unprofessional "backyard breeder" who was only selling puppies for money (more typical Wasilla.) We ended up buying two. Anyways, when anyone would ask if our puppies were rescues, my mom would say "Oh, yeah. We rescued them from Wasilla. *fake shudder*. Poor pups would've gotten into a brawl with the Palin family if we didn't safe them" *says in a texan accent*. <p> "I can see Russia from my house!" *nasally voice.* Fu<_>ck off, Palin. Nobody likes you. <p> She didn't get voted for president. Thank god Obama won. Then at her speech, she quits politics. Sore looser, much, Palin? I'm relieved she quit, though. I don't wanna see her flabby as<_>s in politics ever again.
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GWHTX More than 1 year ago
This book reminds us that freedom, family, and standing for rights of individuals is why we love America and why others crave to come here to live. This book covers many of the topics that should instill patriotism in all Americans, yet are no longer being taught in American public schools. This book mentors all of those who salute our flag and what it stands for not to shirk their principles and take responsibility to mentor the young people in our country to stand firm against our country's detractors and apologists. America has been and will be a model for other countries to follow. This is not a book about Sarah Palin. It is about an America that allows for a diversity of ideas, but abhors tyranny, bigotry, and increasing governmental controls over daily life.
StL-Conservative More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Sarah Palin I ever read. I was so impressed that I bought her first book, and thoroughly enjoyed that one too. I appreciate Sarah's heart, and the stories she shares from her experiences on the road, predominantly from her first book tour. Her conservative, Christian values are clearly evident, and like minded people will be encouraged and inspired. For those of you with different views, perhaps you still will not agree, but I think you will have a better understanding of the sources of our views on faith, small government, the ingenuity of America's citizens, and the importance of supporting our country.
OnlyTheTruth More than 1 year ago
This is a really thought-provoking book. I just finished it but I know deep inside that I am not done with it. Sarah Palin is a present-day patriot. She truly believes that America is an exceptional force for good in the world. It is the only shining city on the hill that exists today. It is all about freedom for all people. We have inalienable rights that must not be abridged by any government. I encourage everyone to read this book. If you decide to do this, please try to put aside your own deep-seated prejudices while reading it. Read it with an open mind. Whether you are conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or something else, religious, agnostic or atheist, you will find yourself both agreeing and disagreeing with her philosophy. When you disagree, ask yourself, "Why?" When you agree, again ask yourself, "Why?" You will not be judged for this internal conversation with yourself but I do believe you will have conflicts that will surprise you. The United States of America exists today because our forefathers believed strongly that all men and women should be free. Since the Declaration of Independence in 1776, many brave people have given their lives in defense of our freedom. We cannot allow these deaths to be in vain.
Wolf_and_Phoenix More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting that all of the detractors on here who like to call Mrs. Palin stupid can barely spell, punctuate, or use intelligible grammar. They probably didn't even read the book: they're just letting SNL tell them what to think. Nice job, sheeple. It takes a great deal of true courage (not media fake courage) to keep doing what Mrs. Palin is doing in the face of such mindless and venomous vitriol. I prefer her writing infinitely over the traitorous and racist rambling of our current Head of State and hope that she will soon replace him. Here's my advice: read the book. Actually read it. Find out for yourself what you think of the woman. If you can manage to be truly openminded, I think that you will be surprised to find a person very different from what the pundits told you.
catherine maneker More than 1 year ago
as a canadian grateful to live north of america i am puzzled by the nate directed towards someone who expresses clear and honest values. i have to assume these people are the takers, not the makers,
Allem-o More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin's latest book is a very good read. I also read "Going Rogue" and I enjoy her writing style. The book is not just rehashed rhetoric but instead is Palin's conservative views supported by historical speeches and writings. She does a very good job of weaving these excerpts into the flow of the book. This book would be inspirational to today's next generation of girls. I plan to ask my daughters to read the book. In "Going Rogue" you read about Sarah Palin's life story and presidential campaign. In "America by Heart" you'll understand why and from where Sarah gets her conviction and drive to serve our country as a Commonsense Constitutional Conservative.
seagull4MP More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by a great American. In a country where bias as become the norm, it's nice to see someone write about the things that have made this country great - mainly the heart of families and life experiences growing up in a place that offers whatever you want to make out of your life. Hats off to Ms. Palin for her courage to speak about her beliefs in our country. God Bless her and the United States of America!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just another attempt at making money from her 15 minutes of fame.
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What a ruse! All she wants in life is to make money and be a star!
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