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

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,177 ratings  ·  144 reviews
America by Heart is a highly personal testament to Sarah Palin's deep love of country, her strong roots in faith, and her profound appreciation of family. The book includes brief readings from classic and contemporary readings that have moved and inspired her, as well as Americans, both famous and obscure, whom she admires. Ranging widely over American history, culture, an ...more
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Published November 23rd 2010 by HarperAudio (first published November 1st 2010)
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Damon Suede
A tough book to finish,and I imagine most who buy it do not, no matter their side of the political divide. What I find fascinating about Palin is her eagerness to put other people's word in her own mouth, and her inability to originate a single thoguht of her own.

I read this to "see what the buzz was about" and discovered that it was about 15 minutes too long. If you're a fan of the woman, you've heard all this. If you aren't it will drive you up a wall.

The thing is, I admire the woman's tenac
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Esteban del Mal
Dec 18, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't want to burn in hell!
Recommended to Esteban by: The Elect!
I finally got mine autographed!

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Mike (the Paladin)
Please allow me to open this review with an account of something that happened here on Goodreads. On a discussion thread someone posted something insulting/degrading about Christ. I said nothing. As the discussion went on however another person asked why the poster had been personally insulting not only to Christians but about Christ. At this point I did answer that it was because people had come to expect that Christians would "suck it up" when we are insulted. I did say to the "insulter" that ...more
Tasha
I really tried to be objective about this but it was hard...Palin writes just as she speaks, she does not mince words but she also lacks a certain aspect of professionalism I expect from politicians. Plus she relied to heavily on excerpts from other peoples writings/speeches to form her opinions and explain her thoughts. I expected more but then I should have known better...
Lauren orso
WELL.

america by heart is so much more aggressively christian and angry and uninformed than going rogue, it's hard to believe it was "written" by the same "woman." in hindsight, going rogue was actually pretty centrist and palin definitely played to all sides. NO MORE, AMERICA. she is able to effectively marginalize gays (by not mentioning them!), women (with sloppy definitions of feminism!), disabled (shilling her son!), scientists (i can't really even get into this right now because i'm still
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Lain
Another great installation in a growing body of work by an incomparable woman. You may not agree with all her positions (and I don't), but you cannot argue that she is a woman of principle. She has done more to save this country and to further the equality of women than most of the so-called feminists. I enjoyed seeing this glimpse into her world, and will be awaiting more from her.
Jessica
I found this book to be a great motivator to stick to things even when they are hard, to have the love of country that our founding father's had and to stand up for the things I believe, and to have faith in our God who will always be there for us. I wasn't a big Sarah Palin fan when I started this book, her voice annoys me and she's a little cheesy at times, but I think she's one tough cookie and I admire her for her dedication to America and her family values. I think this book gave me the boo ...more
Patrick H
A version of this review originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of the George C. Marshall high school newspaper Rank & File.

This review is crossposted from my book blog.

"America By Heart," Sarah Palin's memoir-cum-manifesto is wearying, to say the least. The first half of the book is a diatribe on the correctness of political conservatism, and the latter half is a torturous discussion of the power of prayer in the United States.

The conservative section is seeded with arguments on ho
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Jessica Kramer
I was surprised that while reading this book I kept nodding my head in agreement. While many people criticize her choice of life and her intelligence, she really did the work and research to produce a well written book.

I found myself reading this book in 2 days. The references to the founding fathers and her knowledge of some of our more profound presidents gave hope towards a better future for tomorrow in America. She loves Ronald Reagan (I mean who doesn't) but she used his speeches, as well a
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Catherine
This book was wonderfully uplifting because in it, Sarah has included quotes and in some cases whole sections of speeches and documents which is a good reminder of the values on which our country was built. I think that all too often people are forget what makes our country great and I like being reminded that we are blessed to live in a country with the freedoms and rights that others on the outside covet.
Meggen
I loved that this book celebrated concepts I, too, value: family, faith, and flag. I love that Sarah talks about how we can and should cherish parenthood, and that every child has the right to be welcomed and loved in our world and our families.

I also appreciated this book's focus on faith--especially how important it was in the founding of this great country. As we move away from faith, our country is increasingly in jeopardy. Yet, remembering the divinely inspired principles the founders used
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Susan
I was anxious to read "America By Heart," Sarah Palin's second book. I like Sarah Palin, although I don't think she'll ever be President, since the media has "Dan Quayled" her. I liked her first book, "Going Rogue," which told her story. I didn't enjoy this one as much. It reads more like a series of editorials or campaign speeches. There are personal glimpses into Palin's life, but those are pretty fleeting. And a few caused me to roll my eyes a little: "(Daughter Bristol) engaged in an uplifti ...more
Richard
I was pleasantly surprised by this newest book from Sarah Palin. First of all, I don't think the title really does the book justice. "America by Heart" said to me that this was going to be some sentimental paean to a Norman Rockwell ideal, and "Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag" had me thinking of Norman Vincent Peale. That is not this book at all. Instead, this is a thoughtful and concise reflection of American community and values. She refutes the concept that America is not exceptional. ...more
Michael
I was hesitant to review this book since Sarah Palin has the same effect on her detractors that a red cape has on a snorting, enraged bull. The fury Mrs. Palin elicits is matched only by the clawing,grasping defense her supporters offer each and every time she says or does something foolish. This woman, like her or hate her, is a sort of political lightening rod: she attracts tremendous amounts of energy from both sides of the political spectrum. I would also suggest that Palin is a bit of a Ror ...more
Kelsey Prosser
I read (and actually enjoyed) Palin's first book just to find out more about her and where she comes from. I like to know where people are coming from ESPECIALLY when I don't agree with them.

This book was a complete disaster. It was misrepresented as her own feelings on family, God, values, and patriotism. Not only was it contradictory from one sentence to the next, it was also more of a scrapbook of OTHER authors'/politicians'/speakers' works with a couple of paragraphs by Palin herself to conn
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Amy
Very interesting!

All politicians have agendas and Sarah Palin is no exception. What I got from reading this is: we should be proud of the USA. We do not owe anybody any apologies for our country. America is not a perfect place. We have made mistakes and allowed some terrible things in our history, but given the sordid historical record of virtually every other country on the planet, we are doing pretty well.

At home, President Obama continues to reject American exceptionalism and this has transl
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Jeremy
I read this book because I'm doing research on the tea party. It's nowhere near as bad as I expected. There are some interesting musings on America's colonial and postcolonial times. However, throughout the book, there is an underlying fear of complexity, and an embracing of simplicity, which I found annoying, even when "Palin" (the book was coauthored by a professional writer) was telling me something I didn't know. She's unable to consider things in a nuanced way, unable to be fair to anyone w ...more
Frederic
"It was Amazing"...is the only possible response...it's a great read, Love Her or Hate Her, because you are getting the "real" Sarah(as she wants to be seen)not filtered through the LameStream Media...Is she the Queen Esther Redux of FOXNEWS fantasies or the Fascistoid Evita of MSNBC nightmares?...She Writes,You Decide...but someone please tell her that "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" was written by a Communist(defiant of HUAC,smeared and blacklisted)as a song of praise for The New Deal and not, ...more
Danielle
I usually prefer fiction, but this book was just incredible to read. So uplifting & inspiring!! Admittedly, I thought it would take away to get through being a politically oriented book, but I breezed right through it, it was so down-to-earth so easy to relate to. I loved getting to know Sarah better and read her beautiful quotes, stories and interpretations of where our country has been and where it is now and where we hope to be in the future. She is a sharp cookie & I'm so glad that I ...more
Melinda
Full Disclosure, I really like Sarah Palin. I may not always agree with everything she says, but I like her. This book is very well written. The chapters each deal with different topics, and her writing style has definitely improved from her memoir. I am about half-way through this book and so far I am really enjoying it. If you don't like Sarah Palin, or you don't agree with conservative principals you will probably not like this book. But if you like Palin, or just want to see what your conser ...more
Karen & Gerard
There is really no grey area when it comes to Sarah Palin. You either like her or you don’t. I do. America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag is her second book; her first was Going Rogue: An American Life. She touches on a number of subjects. The chapters of this book that I enjoyed most were: “Why They Serve,” “The Rise Of The Mama Grizzlies,” “I Hear America Praying,” and “Common Sense Constitutional Conservatism.” I liked both her books.
Douglas Wilson
I plan on writing a more detailed review of this book and Going Rogue on my blog, getting some criticisms out of the way before the political silly season starts -- when I intend to do nothing but defend her. But for now, let me just say that Palin is a wise woman and a real Christian.
Dave Jones
This is a very enjoyable book. It lays out Sarah's worldview and her vision for America's future. For the haters on the left, it puts to shame the lie that she is a vapid airhead. The book is full of common sense. Read it with an open mind.
John
Nov 23, 2010 John marked it as shouldnt-read-but-must-review  ·  review of another edition
The fact that the Drilla' from Wasilla has published another book despite her intellectual disabilities inspires my own Palinesque reflections on family, faith, and flag: "OMG WTF Amnerika?! Ur BFF, J."
Liv
I actually read this book. It gets two stars because it has some LOL moments. It's also going on my Politics of the Family syllabus in two places!
Ixan
Ridiculous woman. Sets herself up to represent Christians. She should have stuck to pageants.
Sartan
Sarah Palin is amazing. This book tells it how it is. Everyone should read it!
Tim Chavel
Because a local bookstore when out of business I was able to buy several books for a dollar. This was one of the ones. Sarah Palin is a very interesting person. I admit I had never heard of her until she was nominated as a VP candidate. I agree with her on almost all the things (policies) she says, however there is something about her, which I cannot put my finger on that makes me not like her 100%. This book is a good one to help to get to know how she feels on lots of issues. I have some quote ...more
Julia
Before reading this memoir, the only things I knew about Sarah Palin were from the media and my peers. Therefore, I dove into this book thoroughly believing I was going to be met with an obnoxious, unintelligent, hypocritical woman. This couldn't have been further from the truth. After reading her book, I realize you can't always trust the mainstream media provide you an accurate representation of someone, especially a conservative.

Palin makes many commonsense points throughout this book. I whol
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Cassidy  Charles
From a reader of memoirs stand-point, she “quoted” historical figures too often and asked too many rhetorical questions. Evidence is well and good until it starts taking up pages where you could be saying your own words, as that should be the point of writing a book. If I wanted to read pages and pages of John F. Kennedy or Calvin Coolidge I would read their work.

Her chapter on “feminism” attempted to define feminism with a definition that even a junior in college could tell was incoherent. Str
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