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Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar

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A year after a vice presidential campaign that remains as consequential as it was controversial, Sarah Palin is still the most dynamic yet polarizing Republican in America. Now Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe draw on their experiences as embedded reporters on Palin’s campaign, exclusive on-scene coverage of Palin’s post-election struggles in Alaska, and revealing interv
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by PublicAffairs (first published 2009)
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Mel Tungate
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written very readable book about the new right wing super star. It is very complimentary and positive towards her, much more than I thought it would be.

But, in the end, you cannot keep the totally narcissic, totally unprepared, totally inept, totally self absorbed Sarah out of the book. Try as they might, it is hard to disguise that this woman belongs nowhere near a leadership position. While they can paint it any color they want, it is hard to disguise she went to five colle
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book simply to learn a bit more about Sarah Palin, since I find her a fascinating character, and think that her rise and fall exemplifies myriad issues including the state of modern politics, the status of women, evangelical Christianity, etc. After watching the film Game Change and Julianne Moore's masterful portrayal (which included the pivotal role Tina Fey had in characterizing Sarah as an Evangelical, moose-hunting dolt), I was intrigued enough to find out more about a woman who ...more
Mar 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Written by two reporters who covered the Palin vice-presidential campaign, Sarah from Alaska reads a bit like Sarah Palin 101. Which is to say it's more of a basic introduction than an in-depth examination. But maybe that's just what's needed. Given the continuing saturation coverage of all things Palin and her rock-star like celebrity, it's odd how little most people actually know about her, either as a person or as a politician. This books sketches Palin's life and political career in broad ou ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
All I knew was that I disliked Sarah Palin, thought she was unelectable, but I didn't know why. Now that I've read her book, I find that she's a lot smarter and likeable than I thought, but I still don't GET her. Maybe that's a good thing. I feel like a lot of what she's about is untold in this book.
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
As someone who is by no means a Palin supporter, I thought this book was very fair and balanced, to borrow a term. The authors are just as likely to highlight a positive trait as they are to label a move a misstep. The story of her rise to power is truly impressive, but god help us if she ever becomes president.
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well researched and documented book about Sarah Palin. The writers did an excellent job of painting a picture of both the woman Sarah Palin is and her astounding rise to fame. The authors did a great job presenting information without tipping their hand as to their personal beliefs/opinions about their topic.
Michael Taylor
Overall, a balanced look at Palin's place in the 2008 presidential campaign. The book should be read in conjunction with Palin's own book GOING ROGUE. The bulk of the sources for this book are not from her side of the story which is why it should be read before or after her book.
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. The campaign bosses, not John McCain, held her back, squelched her, so she couldn't campaign the way she wanted. I believe it cost John McCain the election too.
Dec 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Some what negative.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly balanced look at Sarah Palin. Lots of interviews with people who know her in Alaska. The authors were embedded with the campaign so they have a lot of behind-the-scenes information.
Ashley Bradley
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book and I can no longer say that I hate Sarah Palin. But I still hate her politics.
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Gossipy. Mildly interesting.
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