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The Rogue by Joe McGinniss
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This is a book that i should have placed onto an altar between two silver candlesticks. I loved the book's intent and subject matter. Clearly, this type of portrait needs to be written about a dangerous oddity of an American politician that scares the bejesus out of me. The characterizations of Alaska and its people are fascinating. Some of the intimate antecdotes about Sarah's life are jaw-dropping.

However, he writes like someone compromised by injuries. Yes, he was viciously attacked in the media by Sarah and her hordes, and subjected to intimidation that is despicable. But he lets his grievances color and taint the book, and it reads like a personal vendetta that diminishes the power of the message. He comes down off a high plateau where he had a wide open landscape on which to base his story and lets himself get bogged down in a mudslinging feud.

Oh well. But still, anything credible that can be wide circulated to sink this woman can't be too bad a thing.
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