Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down

by Kaylene Johnson
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Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene Johnson


Sarah Palin, forty-two, a hockey mom and former small-town mayor, thought her dream of making a difference in the male-dominated realm of Alaska politics was over when she went clashed with the state chairman of her Republican party and went head to head with the powerful Republican governor over issues having to do with ethics and openness in government. Yet, the former prep basketball star could not shake a feeling that she was destined for something bigger. In 2006, she became a long-shot candidate for governor, demanding a higher ethical standard in state government. Then, fate intervened. Her populist reform message sudddenly became front-page news when a major political scandal rocked Alaska politics. Alaskans began listening to her. And they liked what they heard. This is the story about how the biggest political upset in Alaska history propelled Sarah Palin into the governor's office where shed was the youngest and first women to serve in the state's highest office.

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ISBN-13: 9780979047084
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author


Kaylene Johnson is an award-winning writer and author who lives with her family on a small farm near Wasilla, Alaska. In addition to two other books she has written, "Portrait of the Alaska Railroad" and "Trails Across Time," Johnson's work has in numerous magazines and newspapers ranging from Alaska magazine to the LA Times. She received an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, a note regarding individuals on this site posting negative reviews: it is apparent they never read the book before writing their reviews. Had they done this, they would have been aware the author, Kaylene Johnson, conducted personal interviews for this book beginning in October, 2007, with the last interview taking place in January, 2008. The book was published in April, 2008 and, therefore, obviously was not rushed into print due to recent events, as others here have claimed. These basic facts are available in the Author¿s Source Notes at the end of the book. Now, on to the review. Even at only 152 pages, this book manages to provide an insightful, revealing look into Sarah Palin¿s early years, her relationships with family members, friends, and colleagues, and her entry into local and state politics. What is made clear here is that Sarah Palin did not become involved in politics for personal gain. She ran for office initially because she felt she had a duty to improve the lives of those in her community, and then later, the lives of all Alaskans. The impression that I have of Governor Sarah Palin after reading this book is that she is a strong, down-to-earth, principled woman with many God-given talents. She is fiercely devoted to her family and is unequivocally prepared to handle anything that comes her way, including the vice-presidency. As a final note, in the last sentence in chapter nine, the author refers to Palin as ¿the reform-minded maverick Republican who vowed to be an agent of change.¿ It is due to these qualities, among many others, that she was chosen to be John McCain¿s running mate. And thank God for that!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is well written, informative and enjoyable reading about an intelligent woman. Thanks!
Rick_Gregory More than 1 year ago
When John McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, the liberal media snickered and started talking about Dan Quayle and Thomas Egleton. But they weren¿t laughing long: Plain faced down media smears, innuendo, contempt, and hostility to deliver a speech for the ages at the Republican Convention ¿ and polls quickly showed that she was more popular than both McCain and Obama. Even better, she¿s a solid, pro-life, small-government, anti-corruption conservative ¿ in sharp contrast to Obama¿s shady origins in the Chicago political machine.

In Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska¿s Political Establishment Upside Down, Kaylene Johnson introduces the reader to the real Sarah Palin: the governor who, according to none other than the New York Times, ¿is untainted by government scandal and unburdened by political debt¿ ¿ and the amazing woman who has put media darling, the Messiah; Lord Barack Obama ¿ thee most merciful - on the defensive while giving Conservatives new hope.

Johnson tells the story of a small-town mayor and hockey mom who followed her hopes and dreams in the face of a disapproving political establishment to become the belle of the Republican Convention. Johnson details what it was like to grow up Sarah, explores her personal life and early influences, and shows how she entered politics ¿ and almost immediately started fearlessly taking on city hall.

Sarah tells the full story of how Palin became the first woman governor in Alaskan history ¿ and enjoyed the highest approval rating of any governor in the nation.

Obama, Biden and the far-left liberals are looking over their shoulders, getting more and more nervous ¿ as Sarah shows, they have good reason.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
Written by an obvious friend, the book is most decidedly one-sided and pro-Palin. And that's okay as that was the purpose of the author. However, if We The People, want to explore this amazing woman's angels and demons we will have to wait (and it shouldn't be long) for one of the big boys to write her story. In fact, I would be surprised if there are not several books released taking a positive and negative view of our next vice president.

The book is small and a quick easy read. If you just can't get enough of all things Palin, then you should buy it for your political collection. If you really want to "know" Sarah Palin,

I would recommend you wait a few weeks. Keyboards are smoking and advance checks are in the mail, I can guarantee it. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
Guest More than 1 year ago
For someone who took five tries at colleges before graduating, who professes to be devoutly religious but belongs to no church, who espouses to be a politcal leader but can't remember what magazines she reads or give an example of a Supreme Court decision...she is a lesson on how to embarass a political party and a nation at the same time. The obvious ploy to get a woman on the ticket to 'steal' the Hillary vote is so transparent it is unbelievable. This psuedo 'politico' has less than no experience in anything but local politics and colloqialisms....'you betcha' and 'darn right' is the best she can come up with to battle a variety of tax evasion and party line problems that are already surfacing. Let's stay away from more of McSame in female attire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so full of inaccuries it wants to make me cry. Sarah Palin is nothing but a fairly attractive woman who has the knack to charm the pants off of you. She is a manipulative, crafty, self serving person who thinks running a state with a population the size of lower Manhattan is somehow equivelant to running the United States of America. What a complete and utter fraud - what has this country become?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this and believe that I could trust this woman to do other women proud, but I could not. Although it is my belief that men and women can be equally qualified to do any job, like anything some people are cut out for things and others are not. Palin is not cut out to be VP and in the chance that a tragedy should a occur President. Sure a woman can be equal to a man. Just not this woman in this case. She is a great charmer but has nothig of substance to offer beyond that. She is relying to grealty on McCain's experiance to get her through. As much as I disagree with some of the things Obama and Biden say they at least have given us some policy and paper to show they have a plan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is obvious that the two one star reviews here are not reviews of the book, but cheap political slaps at someone they just do not like. Well, the book is not out so I can play the same game with a more fair 'recommend' review. The complain it that Sarah Palin has a 'thin' resume. Excuse me but getting elected as Govenor of any state is not 'thin'. You are correct in saying she is no Hillary. Hillary is certainly bright but let's be real. Hillary was given a gift: the New York senate seat because she was Bill's wife. Up until her election what did she do on her own? Sarah came from nowhere and built her own reputation. She may be unknown (which in Washington speak means unimportant and lightweight) but she has done more than Hillary. Having said that I do think Hillary would be better than Obama but I also think Sarah Palin is better than either.
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Timhalyna More than 1 year ago
Look at all the anonymous ratings on here that give a one-star rating. So we're to believe that all these people bought the book and hated it, without leaving a word? Obviously, someone or someones are trying to do everything possible to sabotage the truth about Palin being attacked, and there obvious attempts to do so here only serves to validate the author's premise. I wasn't even going to get this book but when I saw the obvious attack being done on it's ratings, I went ahead and purchased it. I think it would be an interesting psychological study for someone to really examine what motivates people who hate Sarah Palin, it's as if they can't even control their unbridled (and unearned) hatred of her. Suck it, haters!!
AnnieMAM More than 1 year ago
This book kept your interest clear to the end. Everyone should read, I enjoyed it!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lacks in depth, reads like an infomercial for how great she is. A candy-coated lightweight like O'Reilly's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just follow all her interviews and you know what to expect. To tell you more, just go to ABC.com or youtube.com and watch the interview with Katie Couric and you'll see what I'm talking about. Who care if she's a hockey mom, that's what everybody talk about all the time, her son is in Irak, my prayers will be always with him and with the other soldiers 'my brother came from Afghanistan save and sound, thanks to God, her baby boy has special needs, the baby is so beautiful,'saw picture in the news'God bless him. My point here is that if we going to elect somebody to VP using this qualification you, me, anybody can run ,not just for VP, anybody can be President of the USA. People let be wise at the moment to decide who we want to run this country, do your homework and God help us to make the right decission. May God bless us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'SARAH' the book, ought to be required reading for all high school students. It is a story of a determined young woman that wouldn't allow anyone to 'hand' her anything she didn't earn. It is a story of dedication, truthfulness, faith in God, family and friends and mosty in herself. Her life growing up shows her as being honest, and very hard-working and hugely successful at setting goals for her future. Her devotion to her family both while growning up and then to her own children is truly awe-inspiring and such a prime example for young people that it should be read by everyone. As a die-hard conservative I have always been just on this side of the line when it came to thinking women could handle the job of President of the United States. It would have taken a ton of convincing to make me believe one could be found. But that search has finally ended for me and if others will be honest with themselves they will agree that Sarah Palin is probably the single most prepared person in all phases of requirements for the job and could manage the Presidency along with still caring and properly raising her own children with great ease. If called upon, I would jump to assist her in a nano-second, I have that much faith in her ability, desire and dedication. In the meantime I will add her to my daily prayers that she be protected and promoted to the office that she seeks. We will all benefit from her leadership, knowledge, kindness and friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
looks like we both need to read this one before voting in november
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thank God for Sarah Palin. Just when I thought there was no way I could vote for John McCain, he had the courage to pick a true CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE who believes that America is under God's protection and guidance. Her story is very inspirational and her faith is pure. She was saved by our lord and savior Jesus Christ, the king of kings. She will work to help steer America back to the fundamnetal teachings of the bible and make sure all follow the Lord's plan. I believe she was sent from heaven in order to guide us all closer to Christ. This is only the beginning!!! God Bless America!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about an inspirational female leader. I feel awe at her professional achievements, her personal accomplishments, and her intense faith in God. Her story is both modern and a return to the ideals upon which America was founded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to check your facts people. This TRADE PAPERBACK version of this book wasn't rushed to publication as a result of her being named the VP nominee. The hardcover version was released in April. So read the book before you write a review. This was a typical sugar-coated bio. Nothing special. I disagree with her views, but the book wasn't unenjoyable. Just typical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To answer the earlier review asking 'how did this book get printed so fast?': The book was written before she was named to McCain's ticket. I think the most interesting part of the book is how Governor Palin took on the political establishment in her OWN party. This isn't a partisan hack. She took on the Republicans in Alaska. The other interesting takeaway was that people always underestimate her until they see her in action and work with her.