The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin
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...more
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Don't believe what they say in “the lamestream media”--this is a well-written, interesting and moral book.
“Serious" people like Howie Kurtz and Steve (AKA “Mr. Cokie”) Roberts have criticized it for being unethical (because of its many anonymous sources) and unprofessional (for the way McGinnis intrudes himself into the narrative and engages in unsourced speculation). But Kurtz and Roberts--both beltway pundits with only dubious claims to be serious journalists--do not seem to understand or res ...more
The most evocative passages are not those written by McGinniss, but what he draws out of the residents of Wasilla. Where, in their words, "suddenly you got busted for growing pot in your back shed. You got a ticket if your dog barked too loud. You got a ticket if you had a hole in your muffler. For a place that prided itsel ...more
Joe spends quite a bit of time excoriating the media for giving Sarah Palin the platform that she certainly had done nothing to earn, but even more emphasis here would ...more
I don't think it would change anyone's mind about her. If you like her you'll hate this book if you don't like her you'll like it I guess. But as someone who thinks she is dangerous and obnoxious I loved it.
Seriously though, if you really want to be taken seriously and are writing a book about another, you s ...more
Joe McGinnis, moved next door to the Palins in 2009-2010 Fall and Spring on the shores of the Lake Lucile. ...more
McGinnis inserts himself into the story as Palin plays the victim when he moves in next door. Consequently, McGinnis h ...more
Some people, even on here, tell me that it is such a one-sided portrayal of the VP candidate for the GOP's '08 failure to win the White House. Others loved the book. M ...more
While most of the media reported at the time that McGinniss chose the location deliberately, he claims in his book that he came to Wasilla to work on his book about Sarah and a woman called him up out of the blue and offered to rent him the hous ...more
Like most casual observers of thi ...more
The book is lucid, but a bit personal; too much of it involves McGinniss' personal story of how Palinworld attacked him and tried to stop him from getting information when he moved nex ...more
Apparently nobody with anything good to say about the Palins would talk to McGinnis. This does make the book feel not quite up to what such a well-respected journalist can do, maybe even not the book McGinnis me ...more
Somehow narcissists and sociopaths never seem to excuse ...more