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Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  276 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived “enemies,” and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Howard Books (first published May 17th 2011)
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Jun 26, 2016 Libby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the annuls of history there were some people who took great joy in destroying other peoples' livelihoods. This book was about a small group of them and how an individual tried to make it look like he was an innocent man in all of the mess that he proactively and aggressively created.

Frank Bailey repeatedly asserted that it was The Palins that made him take the punitive, slanderous and libelous courses of action against innocent people. His stories made it seem like he enjoyed the "thr
Jan 03, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I believed it from the time I watched that infamous Katie Couric interview, after reading this book I am soooooooo relieved that our country chose not to have Sarah Palin in the position of being a heartbeat away from the presidency. Especially considering the fact the would-be president was 72, a cancer survivor and had spent five years in a POW camp. Even as governor of a state with only 700,000 residents, the woman was way over her head.

Author Frank Bailey describes what it was li
Jun 06, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is epic. If you have ever wanted to see how Sarah Palin thinks and formulates her ideas via email, at least skim this book. Her abysmal level of grammar is not surprising, but I absolutely enjoyed how she would end her emails frequently with "Sheeeeeeeeeesh," or "DangIttttttttt." This books mostly concerns itself with Palin's epic failure as a leader in Alaskan politics. This realm might be too specific for those who are not political junkies, but nevertheless, what is revealed in this ...more
Melissa Acuna
I read this book in a day, not so much because it was hugely compelling but more because I started it and wanted to finish it and it's not intellectually challenging. Written by Frank Bailey, the "Troopergate" fellow, the entire story left me scratching my head at the lack of judgment by all Palin staffers on mulitple occasions. They rigged opinion polls, issued false statements about opponents and generally skirted ethical, if not legal issues, from early in the governor's campaign.

Much of the
May 31, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. She cheats, gets caught, looks her accuser in the eye, then points her finger and calls him a "bald faced lier"! This doesn't happen once or twice but is a pattern that defines her. Very interesting. Sad but interesting. I'm always fascinated by what makes people tick. Especially those who seem to believe that God is behind them 100%.
Quentyn Daniels
Jul 04, 2011 Quentyn Daniels rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political junkies
I formed my opinion of Sarah Palin after watching her perform and reading Game Change, but Frank Bailey's insider information put a different and sometimes shocking look at the woman who could have been our 47th Vice President.

Frank Bailey tells his story starting when he first met Sarah during her run for Alaska governor. He decided to help her in her race after being disenchanted with the then-governor Frank Murkowski and the corruption that many Alaskans felt permeated the state. Sarah was sa
Jun 02, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am baffled by this book. The amount of emails in this book from this woman is mind boggling. The accusations of poll fixing, unethical decisions in office and the complete lack of morale in this woman has me completely disgusted by her and her husband. If this woman runs for President I will find a way to strongly help to campaign against her. She makes me fearful for the future of the conservative movement and America.
Justin Mitchell
Sarah Palin is crazy, Sarah Palin is incompetent, Sarah Palin is shallow. We all know this, but Bailey's book makes it an official part of the documentary record. The author, former aide Frank Bailey, doesn't come off as the brightest light that's ever shined, but seeing as he was a hardcore Palin-bot for multiple years, it would be silly to expect him to be. But overall, I got the impression that he is a well-intentioned guy who got sucked into a quagmire. I can't say it hasn't happened to me, ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Palin's recent comment that Paul Revere "warned the British" that we were armed "by ringing bells" continue to shock, even though this book should prepare me for it.

One favorite bit from the book regarding her inexperience and lack of knowledge; "In early 2006 a bill that became known as the 'no More Sarah Palin Bill' (sponsored by an Alaskan Republican) was introduced as a means of insuring that in the future nobody with so little knowledge on energy issues as Sarah Palin could serve on the Al
Cindy Ely
Jun 14, 2011 Cindy Ely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm one of the world's least political people, but, like so many others, I've been a bit fascinated by Sarah Palin. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this book. If even a third of the things Frank Bailey tells us about her character and ability to govern are true, I'm even more convinced that this woman should NEVER be allowed to hold office again, and most definitely should not be within ten miles of the red telephone. Charismatic though she may be, she is also petty, vindictive, corrupt, ...more
People who start out as volunteers for a woman to run as Governor of Alaska become political insiders doing what ever she wants without a care in the world. I feel even after all that he went through the author would do it all again because he was for once he was with the cool popular kids who held all the power on the playground. He would get abused by Palin get upset ready to leave and than return after she said "sorry" to accept more abuse.
David Bell
May 30, 2011 David Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this now!
Kimberly Kotalik
Jun 09, 2011 Kimberly Kotalik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I just think she's more pathetic.
Apr 11, 2012 Kiessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Some say this author is a jilted ex-employee with credibility issues and a motive to smear the Palin family. Some say that his involvement in the seedier sides of the Palin administration proves that he is a dishonest opportunist without a moral compass.

It seems to me that Frank Bailey's central message is that he whole-heartedly takes responsibility for his mistakes, including his naive and unquestioning loyalty to Sarah Palin and his own descent into dishonesty and reprehensible behavior. Whi
Jul 03, 2011 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathleen Hagen
Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, by Frank Bailey, Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon, narrated by Holter Graham, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from

Frank Dailley is the main writer of this book with material added by the other two named authors. The book is a fascinating look at a woman who rose to instant stardom status when she was picked to run as John McCain’s running mate. At first she appeared to be a breath of fresh air, and she inspired slavish loyalty from her staff
I'm not fond of reviews that rehash plots, but for those who are reading this review and are curious about the book, here goes:

Author falls for Palin completely as soon as she announces for Governor in 2005, becoming essentially an indentured servant on her behalf from that point until she leaves Juneau. Writing the book in hindsight, he goes over the many flags he ... overlooked, being always loyal, even when she froze him out, to take him back later when she needed him (or more likely realized
Jul 07, 2011 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it's no secret I have little respect for the ex-governor of Alaska,an interview with Mr. Bailey compelled me to read this. He came off as sincerely wanting to right some of the wrongs he committed while in his service and set the record straight. Throughout the book, he maintains that sincerity and I actually liked him and understood how he got sucked into Sarah & Todd's web of vengeance. Strong point of the book is about the "Troopergate" situation and how several times Sarah mentions ...more
I do not usually read political tell-alls, but my aunt sent me this one and insisted I read it. If you're like me and not a fan of Sarah Palin, you probably won't find much here that is surprising. I already went into this knowing that Palin is manipulative and willing to step on whoever she needs to in order to get ahead. Bailey's book just supports this. Parts of the book get a bit dull, especially when Bailey goes into too much detail about various scandals Palin has been involved in. At time ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to rate this book with "liked it," because that doesn't exactly reflect my feelings. I did "like" it in that I enjoyed reading it because I felt that my opinions of Sarah Palin were being vindicated by someone who should be somewhat unbiased. This book is written by a former insider, and is supported by actual emails written by and between the author and Palin (which seem less innocuous than those recently released by the state of Alaska to the press). I did particularly like a later ...more
Shain Thomas
Nov 30, 2014 Shain Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bailey, Frank, Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon. Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years. (New York: Howard Books, 2011) Kindle edition

I can’t help wondering if any of these writers can see Russia from their respective houses. Jeanne Devon, the founding editor of The Mudflats, has a singular whit I have admired for quite some time. It is difficult to not like this lady. Her smile, whilst it might speak volumes about how lovable she is, conceals a depth of intellect many of u
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading though this book, I found myself amazed at two things:

1.) How incredibly vain and paranoid Sarah Palin really is.
2.) The fact that it took three people to write this book.

Let's deal with point two first. Frank Bailey is many things, but unfortunately he is not exactly a master wordsmith, and this book at times suffers. (I hesitate to think what the manuscript would look like without his two co-authors). This is kind of a minor point, which is why I want to get it out of the way now. Most
Jul 06, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sarah Palin fans, or anti-fans
This book made me SO very glad that Sarah Palin is not our vice president. What a vindictive bitch!

It went into a little too much detail for my liking at times, and the Troopergate section seemed like it would never end, but it was indeed interesting to see how Sarah Palin behaves behind closed doors, within her "inner circle".

The book included a LOT of emails. And a LOT of typos in those emails... shocking, right?

Mildly recommended. Especially for Sarah Palin fans. :)
Irving Koppel

Mr. Bailey delineates his relationship with Sarah Palin from the time she became a candidate for
the governorship of Alaska to the period after her failed attempt at the vicepresidency.Throughout he
found that as one lie proceeded another,his loyalty was tested to the point that the strain caused him
to end the relationship. Thus, he finally quit serving Palin and returned to his former ethical self.
Jun 07, 2011 Barbaraleah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of this book comes as no surprise to me, but I like to have facts to back up my opinions of people. Sarah Palin is NOT the person she claims to be and Mr. Bailey points that out definitively. I definitely do not agree with much of Mr. Bailey's politics, but his narrative about the rise and "fall" of Sarah Palin and her ethics is quite enlightening.
Aug 01, 2011 Staci rated it it was ok
Can't believe I forgot to put this on my Goodreads. This was a crazy book. Clearly Sarah Palin looks like a nut, as does her husband. But the author looks at least as bad. Why was he so devoted to this person? Within the first few pages--early on--it's clear who and what she is...why did he stick around so long?
Jul 11, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad she wasn't elected! This is one crazy and vindictive woman. No surprise - she is all about money and fame. Lots of talk about honesty and family values but the evidence and her emails show otherwise. Not a great book but enlightening.
Ellie Revert
Jul 19, 2011 Ellie Revert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Felt sorry for the author to have endured so much time with her. He now realizes she was not worth the effort. Sort of sorry I read this one--skimmed is a better word.
Liz White
Aug 08, 2011 Liz White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very engrossing and fascinating. Frank Bailey is purging his sins, so to speak, and revealing a lot about a very unbalanced woman.
Lake County Public Library Indiana
"A real eye-opener about Palin by one of her closest aides."
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