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Going Rogue: An American Life

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  11,420 ratings  ·  1,247 reviews
Going Rogue is the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir from Sarah Palin, one of America’s most beloved and controversial political figures. Now with new material, Going Rogue offers plain talk from a true American original about her life, her career, and the future of the country she loves.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 413 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Harper (first published January 1st 2009)
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John J.
Nov 16, 2009 marked it as shouldnt-read-but-must-review
This book compels me to paraphrase Frank Zappa: An unacknowledged writer who can't write, ghostwriting the thoughts of someone who can't think, to create a book for people who can't read. ...more
Jan 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read this because I am not a Palin fan and I figured that this is what this woman wants me to know about her, I tried to enlighten myself. This is what I learned...

1. This book needed an editor! It reads like a junior high school girl's journal, totally stream of consciousness.

2. She has zero self awareness and does not take responsibility for her actions.

3. This woman can hold a grudge and loves to take cheap shots at anyone who disagrees with her.

4. The most disturbing is how she chose to te
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I tossed the book after reading the first chapter and viewing the photographs. Sarah Palin's flaunted piety made me gag. Anybody can be as religious or unreligious as he/she wants to, but I despise it if somebody serves religion on the platter for political purposes.

This review was originally written on April 2, 2014. And now we are here on January 19, 2016, and I have just seen Sarah Palin on TV, endorsing Donald Trump.

Excuse me, I still feel a bit nauseated. I need to take an antacid.

I thought
Apr 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, audiobook-d, ladyish
This is no April's Fools joke - I really read/listened to this book, via audiobook, over the past week or so. I wish I could give this book zero stars. I guess it can have one star for entertainment value, because it is read by the author and I have a deeply masochistic streak. My recommendation is to read this as work of fiction. As a work of fiction, you can meander through the convoluted delusional ramblings of a person so disassociated with reality that it is often disorienting to the reader ...more
Having read the Christian Bible in its entirety at least a dozen times, I know this one thing to be true: If you turn to it with a point to prove -- from perfunctory piety to heinous society -- you can do it. You can take a chapter or a verse out of context and present it as backup for any theory you can concoct. Ask Martin Luther, or the Ku Klux Klan. Entering books with an agenda is a precarious business indeed; so when I picked up Going Rogue I promised I would silence the part of me that con ...more
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Dec 23, 2009 marked it as too-insane-for-reading
Recommends it for: recycling into insulation for the homes of poverty-stricken Alaskans
Recommended to Joshua Nomen-Mutatio by: "America"
A couple weeks ago I was drunk and goofing around with some friends and using the term "Going rogue" a lot in different ways. One of my favorites was like a profane exclamation along the lines of "Oh, shit!" or "Goddammit!" Say I spill my drink amongst informal company, you may just hear a "Going rogue!" escape from my throat.

This is the best thing that will ever come out of Sarah Palin's entire existence.
Screw the haters - I am excited for this book, of which I proudly pre-ordered in early October.

EDIT - Yay, I got it today! It's pretty good so far.

EDIT 2 - I finished the book last night. It was very good, and well-researched. The last chapter is especially good, as she outlines her position on the issues and how we should go about dealing with them. It is very inspiring and I was so sad when it was finished, but very, very glad I had read it.
2-16-16 Update: Having now heard Sarah Palin speak on many occasions. Listened to some of the nonsense/gibberish that spills out of her mouth, I now consider her to be a flake and would not rely on her giving me the correct time of day. Don't waste your time on this book!

7 CD's/8 hours/read by Sarah Palin.

Nothing like hearing the facts straight from the "horses mouth" and this book set the record straight as well as clearing up a lot of strange things that happened during the 2008 presidential c
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Other rogues
Recommended to Jason by: I make my own damn decisions
Oh my holy sheesh what a goldurn great book. She opens way up, I had no idea. The affair with Levi--sometimes messin' about while Todd was lying stonefaced drunk on the side of the bed--came out of nowhere. (No wonder they're catting after each other in the press now--MEEEE yow!)

Full of revelations. And more importantly heart. And words. And some home truths. But most importantly heart.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
I got an autographed copy of Going Rogue for Christmas. Truth be told, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it very much, and the first few paragraphs confirmed that. Where Palin's limited vocabulary fails her, she makes up her own words which skirt the bounds of credibility.


I read more, and more, and more. And as I quickly progressed through the book, I realized that I was enjoying it very much. Palin's matter-of-fact narrative style and folksy touches were rather a breath of fresh air. Her sto
Oct 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
The consistant theme of this book was "I knew better but 'they' would not let me do what needed to be done then 'they' attacked me." Facts seem to be very foreign to her. (My favorite tidbit was she said the government FORCED financial institutions into making mortage loans to people who could not afford them.) I think she did a disservice to the McCann campaign staff by failing to understand what they were trying to do for her and what was expected of her. And if I was Katie Couric, I would com ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics
A Few Feet Below Rock Bottom

If this title were a Jeopardy line, the correct answer would be, "Where is America's conservative movement?" Sarah Palin’s book is probably a best seller already. Once again the street party that is America has turned the mic over to a moron. Is this really the best America can do? Every time we give people like Palin a voice in our society we are diminishing the voice of someone else, and that someone else has got to have something better to say than this public figu
Dec 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
A sophmoric attempt to explain away why things did not work out.

There are lots of passages that try to explain away things that need no further explanation. One that stands out is the disappointment she experienced when she was not allowed to make a part of the concession speech!

This book cannot be No. 1 in this country! It is way too lacking in substance! I only know one other person who has read it! Something is NOT right here! Someone bought many advanced copies!

There is nothing in this book
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
I'll start off by saying I'm not giving this five stars because I happen to have voted her ticket in 2008. I'm not giving it five stars because I'm trying to make her ratings look better. I'm giving it five stars because it spells out everything the mostly biased media chose to ignore or mislead people on. I can't say Sarah Palin was one of my favorite people once I started reading it. I admit I started to get sick of seeing her on TV, felt disappointed in how things went with the election. I fe ...more
May 30, 2010 marked it as did-not-finish
Recommended to Jacob by: Michael Springer
5/31/2010: My Goodreads friend Michael pointed out that I had 665 books on my shelves and suggested I read something special for #666. Something like...this. My library recently got a copy, and I was kinda, slightly, sorta, maaaaaaybe thinking of reading it anyway, but I think this is a sign.

8/21/2010: Michael keeps reminding me that adding the book to my "To Read" list isn't enough. Apparently, I have to read it. What? Since when?

8/23/2010: Read, baby, read!

9/14/2010: I stopped reading at this
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm sure we all wouldn't be surprised if conservatives give this book a 5 and liberals a 1. Having said that, I contend I am conservative through and through. So it might not be a surprise that I gave the book 4 stars. Before you just suppose it is because of my political leanings, let me explain:

I had no idea who Sarah Palin was when she gave her speech at the GOP convention. I was impressed and was intrigued by her. She seemed a lot like me: mom of many and pretty down to earth. I also liked w
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
My name is Jenn and I have an addiction to celebrity gossip. I've got a long way to wait for this book to come in so I'm not too embarrassed yet. I absolutely loath this woman but the tabloid lover in me really wants to know what makes this dumb broad tick. And most importantly, if she can't even deliver a coherent speech, how in the world did she "write" a 432 page book? (The librarian in me knows she had a ghost writer, duh!) The big question is, does she narrate her own audio? And how long di ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sarah Palin lovers
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Let me start by putting this out there: I think Sarah Palin is cute. I don't want her running our country (much as I don't want myself running the country), but she's cute. And fascinating! How this woman ever got a national spotlight, ... just amazing.

Good. On to the book.

I read 90 pages before I realized that of all the books I have on my To Read list, I care about this one very little. So my rating and comments apply to the first 90 pages only.

It was interesting to read it and think of the pe
Feb 11, 2017 added it
Shelves: abandoned
I started reading Going Rogue in conjunction with Jack Kerouac's Desolation Angels.
Exploring Americana.

Going Rogue was a free discard copy from the local Library - as-new hardback, I guess probably nobody borrowed it. I thought I'd take it as I wanted to try and get an understanding of the far-right neo-con Republican viewpoint. I had already started reading Kerouac's Desolation Angels when I started reading the first few pages of Going Rogue just to see what it is like. Initially intrigued me a
Nov 21, 2009 marked it as to-read
I've dipped into...from time to time...Going Rogue. I've gone rogue. The description of the Alaska State Fair is mouthwatering. And then...out of the robin's egg blue of the sky comes the call to action. To destiny. Yes. To destiny. And who denies destiny? We all know the rest. Or do we? No. That's why the book. That's why the book. Oh, and your people: they know. I mean, wolverines on page 10? They know. they?

Where were your Red Ink Warriors when titles were being scribbled onto notec
Paula  Obermeier McCarty
This was a fascinating look at a strong lady who has endured a tremendous amount of undeserved bashing from the media. While I disagree with many of her political ideas (I am a feminist who supported Hillary Clinton), I am disappointed that this country's feminists did not stand up and defend her and her daughters against some very vicous sexist attacks. Her personal stories were engaging and sometimes surprising. It was an enjoyable read and I believe it gave me some perspective on a strong and ...more
I think I will be giving this one 3 Stars as I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I wanted to learn more about this woman, why she is so hated, scorned, despised to such an amazing intensity by the progressives and the left. Even now, years after the campaign, the vitriol, the sheer malevolence directed at her is astonishing. She can tweet or post a comment and the MSM will just go crazy, she’s like catnip to those folks.

I can see why McCain picked her. She was pretty much a maverick like h
Lee Ann
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
Reading reviews I’ve posted in the past always makes me cringe. lol I haven’t gotten any better at writing reviews, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to record my response to a piece of writing, no matter the quality. My reviews will never appear atop any lists, will likely never sway a stranger’s opinion one way or another, and I’m fine with that. I’m pretty open-minded and am willing to give a read to most people who take the time to sit down and write a book. I don’t know where I’m going ...more
Oct 26, 2009 marked it as to-read
I hope her book is good. I would really like to see her run for President.
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My first time buying a hardcover book on the day it was released! So far so good. I'm a big Sarah fan. ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
"If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?"

That's all I need to know about this book.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of the 2008 primaries, someone asked my Mom if I, her politically interested teenager, was excited about Hillary Clinton running for president. My Mom laughed it off and informed the person that there were few people I'd be less likely to get excited about.
Problem was, I wasn't to excited about any of my "options." The 2008 elections were threatening to be majorly uninspiring.
And then, like so many Americans, I watched as John McCain announced his choice for a VP running mat
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to Sarah Palin’s GOING ROGUE: AN AMERICAN LIFE because I was interested in finding out the true story behind the apparent buffoon the media loved to hate during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Admittedly, I have never hitherto read a political autobiography, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I found the book both interesting and illuminating.

The first part of the book describes her personal life and antecedents. We see her as a high school athlete, and we see her working on a co
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
I am not a Palin fan, but wanted to read this book to find out what Palin wants everyone to know about herself, especially since I've had a hard time actually believing all the negative press about her. I also wanted to learn a bit about what went on inside the McCain campaign and why he thought she was VP and (potentially) Presidential material.

First, I'm glad I got it at the library and did not waste my money. The book has some worthwhile moments, but is mostly a collection of anecdotes that
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