The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin PDF/EPUB

I nearly finished the book in one sitting, and it is a splendid piece of writing Particularly, its stark description of the coexistence of a fundamentalist and a sane Alaska.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 I nearly finished the book in one sitting, and it is a splendid piece of writing Particularly, its stark description of the coexistence of a fundamentalist and a sane Alaska.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 itself on being outside the conventional lifestyle, this was a lot to swallow Who also say, if I m heading Outside, I ll leave you some guns on the counter It just pisses me off A man comes up here to do his job, and people like next door make life difficult It ain t right McGinniss himself is always a delight Stambaugh after a tortuously worded attack from Palin is never disrespectful, but there are one or two occasions where I suspect him of expressing nonchalance On the other hand, maybe he s just being benign The tale of evangelical assault on a municipal government has a chilling clarity The guided tour of corrupt Alaskan affairs is compelling, as far as I can see, not even because Palin was so much worse than usual, but rather because she was par for the course This is going to be a classic story of both state and small town politics.As for the events that unfurled once McCain started hinting he needed a little help with the Christian right well, I m glad somebody has written it all down Future generations looking back at our insane little early 21st century republic are not going to believe it McGinniss, and his publisher s lawyers, must have already culled most of the worst of the personal comments still, toning down a few of those that remain would have made for an even stronger book.To digress slightly, I found it highly demoralizing to read the closing chapters, assessing and trying to derail Palin s chances for the presidency, just as two US citizens were taken out by a flying CIA robot including one who was just the magazine editor Has it occurred to no one that there may be a Rogue in the executive branch a year from now To borrow a phrase from William Gibson, maybe America s dystopia is going to be evenly distributed after all I thought this was a really interesting and entertaining book Weaves the controversy about the author moving next to the Palins in with what he originally went to Alaska to write about which is what Alaskans now think about Sarah Palin.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. I ve read several books by outstanding writer and reporter Joe McGinniss and he is the real deal Excellent portrait of one of the most dangerous people on the political scene. I admit it.I gave this book 5 stars because I loathe Sarah Palin, and Joe McGinnis completely trashes her, with the help of quite a few other people who arethan willing to go on record and tell what happened from their point of view The entire time I was reading it, I was saying to myself, Yeah and Right on and What on Earth was John McCain thinking 4 years ago If Palin is half as bad as McGinnis makes her out to be in this book, it s a very good thing that she did not become I admit it.I gave this book 5 stars because I loathe Sarah Palin, and Joe McGinnis completely trashes her, with the help of quite a few other people who arethan willing to go on record and tell what happened from their point of view The entire time I was reading it, I was saying to myself, Yeah and Right on and What on Earth was John McCain thinking 4 years ago If Palin is half as bad as McGinnis makes her out to be in this book, it s a very good thing that she did not become Vice President For much of the book, I had the phrase from the classic Saturday Night Live skit I can see Russia from my house running in my mind McGinnis admits himself that he did not talk to any of Palin s friends or supporters, which is a weakness of the book it is very one sided, and McGinnis explains this weakness by telling the readers that evidently the Palins put the clampdown on their friends and political allies to not talk to him, so that they could then point out that he didn t talk to any of her friends or political supporters However, the one side that McGinnis does have is rather potent it s the book version of slicing open a jalepeno pepper, rubbing the juice on your fingers and then rubbing your eyes The effect is so overwhelming, you can t think of anything else One aspect of the book I find so troubling, and yet so fascinating, is how Palin was elected to city council, mayor, and Governor of Alaska with so many hidden agendas at work and by blatant manipulation of facts that voters in a town like Wasilla should have seen through, as well as utter incompetence in the actual business of running a city or state I think it s a fine parallel of national politics Towards the end of the book, he has a discussion about the Palins son Trig, who has Down Syndrome It apparently is possible that the Palins somehow acquired a child with Down Syndrome to further appeal to the pro life crowd If that is indeed true and I am not saying it is, but McGinnis makes a case that it could be possible, based on the timing of events Palin was in Dallas when she went into labor and flew back to Alaska for the delivery I find it morally repugnant As a woman who has given birth twice, from my own experience, I can say that if I were in labor with a child I knew had special needs, my first thought would have been get me to a hospital any hospital , not I have to get back to Alaska can t have a fish picker born in Texas So what was the hurry to get back to Alaska However, as I said at the beginning of my review I loathe Palin To me she represents a great deal of what is going wrong with politics in this country So I m biased in my 5 star review rogue r og , n An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone, in which state it is very savage Webster s Revised Unabridged Dictionary After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss s subject Although he didn t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its last frontier image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin On Election Day , McGinniss began his on the ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in springTHE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions Who is she, really , How did she happen , and Will she ever go away In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality how that space is created, negotiated, and or manipulated Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the fa ades of people in public life The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author s day to day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth Readers will find THE ROGUE at once bitingly insightful, hilarious, and profoundly ominous in what it reveals not just about the dark underpinnings of a potential presidential nominee but also in regard to the huge numbers of Americans who passionately support her I have given this book the honor of being the first in my new shelf entitled Books that never should have been written If any, all, some, of this is true, first of all who really cares It is always easy to find people who are willing to trash other people because of any number of human frailties like envy, greed, not to mention if you want to be in the news, your fifteen minutes of fame.Seriously though, if you really want to be taken seriously and are writing a book about another, you s I have given this book the honor of being the first in my new shelf entitled Books that never should have been written If any, all, some, of this is true, first of all who really cares It is always easy to find people who are willing to trash other people because of any number of human frailties like envy, greed, not to mention if you want to be in the news, your fifteen minutes of fame.Seriously though, if you really want to be taken seriously and are writing a book about another, you should Not move in next door to your intended victim and I could not help but think as I read, that Mrs Palin was a victim Even if most of this was true, McGinniss seemed to take pleasure out of reporting all the details I did not get one iota of human campassion, but just a matter of going for the jugular and squezzing every ounce of blood out of it that he could Heck, who among us would not feel a bit violated by an action such as this As far as I was concerned, this author lost all credibility by that action He had to know that this would create an uproar which of course it did, and so that meant a ready audience for his book He did get that so desired fifteen minutes of fame and for free too Sold a lot of books I am sure because of it Got his name in the news and blasted across the TV screens too There is a smack of yellow journalism here that I just could not swallow I just felt the book was biased from the get go Whether you like or dislike Mrs Palin, is really not the point in my mind as you read this I was just looking for an account that put everything, the good, the bad, the ugly in perspective This book just concentrated on two things or really three thingsthe bad, the ugly and the downright dirty scandalous reporting one expects to find in newspapers commonly referred to as rags This is the second Sarah Palin book I ve read this year, the first being Geoffrey Dunn s The Lies of Sarah Palin There really is little in McGinniss s book that was not already covered in Dunn s book other than some salacious details like Palin s fling with basketball star Glenn Rice or Todd and Sarah s cocaine use Both books paint the same general portrait of Palin, and they obtain their information from many sources who are politically simpatico with Palin conservative Republicans or who w This is the second Sarah Palin book I ve read this year, the first being Geoffrey Dunn s The Lies of Sarah Palin There really is little in McGinniss s book that was not already covered in Dunn s book other than some salacious details like Palin s fling with basketball star Glenn Rice or Todd and Sarah s cocaine use Both books paint the same general portrait of Palin, and they obtain their information from many sources who are politically simpatico with Palin conservative Republicans or who were at one time friends or close associates of Palin Palin is a lying, vindictive, incompetent know nothing who does, however, possess a canny ability to manipulate and deceive people and use them to her own political and personal ends.McGinniss makes his book almost as much about himself and the firestorm that arose when he moved next door to Palin, and McGinniss uses far fewer named sources than does Dunn McGinniss, though, seems to have talked to many people who were close to Palin but who would only speak as unnamed sources for fear of retribution from Palin Most of the details that McGinniss reveals, however, have already been substantiated by named sources in Dunn s book.What both McGinniss and Dunn s books show is that Sarah Palin is quite shrewd at manipulating people to her own ends and at playing the political game in Alaska, but she is a hypocrite, a bully, a liar, and just a generally mean spirited person Additionally, she is grossly ignorant about how government works, about history, about religion, and about world affairs.Reading these two books leaves little doubt that the US is quite lucky, indeed, to have escaped this bumpkin s being elected to the office of vice president Little in life is scarier than the notion of Sarah Palin being second in line for the presidency Simultaneously hilarious and disturbing Joe is a fine writer his exasperation with being subjected to baseless slurs in the national media after returning to Alaska to investigate the Palin phenomenon only really shines through once or twice I went and looked a couple of these up and yup, happened pretty much the way he says 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 evenemphasis here would Simultaneously hilarious and disturbing Joe is a fine writer his exasperation with being subjected to baseless slurs in the national media after returning to Alaska to investigate the Palin phenomenon only really shines through once or twice I went and looked a couple of these up and yup, happened pretty much the way he says 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 evenemphasis here would have been welcome He also leavens the endless Palin nonsense with moments of his pure love for Alaska s people and land, the words of the Alaskans who have decided that Palin has betrayed them, and a hysterical running joke about being offered guns by nearly everyone he meets socially.It s obviously a good thing that Palin s bowed out of 2012, but I think the national media will continue to throw upof these frighteningly ignorant religious candidates as long as it gets good ratings from us poor suckers who care enough to be outraged cf Michele Bachmann Joe McGinniss, whose Fatal Vision was a masterpiece of true crime writing, has written a compulsively readable book about the phenomenon known as Sarah Palin and about the phenomenal shift between admiring statesmen and women and worshiping at the altar of personality, where presidential no longer means anything than being a good drinking buddy None of Palin s acolytes will like this book, but for those of us who only knew her as a face and a name and a public whirlwind, this is an extraord Joe McGinniss, whose Fatal Vision was a masterpiece of true crime writing, has written a compulsively readable book about the phenomenon known as Sarah Palin and about the phenomenal shift between admiring statesmen and women and worshiping at the altar of personality, where presidential no longer means anything than being a good drinking buddy None of Palin s acolytes will like this book, but for those of us who only knew her as a face and a name and a public whirlwind, this is an extraordinary and revelatory work, and a real page turner, at that Do not judge a book by its cover, some say Others tell me that I need a well rounded opinion before I can really have an opinion So, after i read GOING ROGUE a while back, I had an unusually better opinion of Sarah Palin, at least for a while When this book was making so much hype, I had to try it Not disappointed in the least.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 Do not judge a book by its cover, some say Others tell me that I need a well rounded opinion before I can really have an opinion So, after i read GOING ROGUE a while back, I had an unusually better opinion of Sarah Palin, at least for a while When this book was making so much hype, I had to try it Not disappointed in the least.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 Mark another tick in the LOVE column McGinniss, though vilified by much of the media, took up house next door to the Palins and began interviewing those close by to get their opinions He talks in a great style and presents info through stories rather than by sensationalising it all for the world to see, a la tabloids My jaw dropped, my eyes bugged out, and I did even utter a WTF twice in the store while listening as grocery shopped Dysfunctional family, thou hast a friend in both the Gosselins and Palins, moms leading the packs This woman is portrayed as such a Sarah centred person that I cannot believe that she ever got anywhwere in life.Covering herself in the evangelical Christian ultra right wing belief system, she felt God was there, leading her to salvation I was horrified to see how she treated her children and husband, tossing them under the bus when it best suited her Alas, she could take credit for their successes like no tomorrow, and did so repeatedly This woman also bashed those who did not take up their swords on the battles she led, and tried to castigate those who may ever speak out against her McGinniss had to do many of his interview with anonymity to ensure he got the story, for people were so scared of her Is that any way to live your life Toss in the controversial mayorial stint, her failed attempt at the Naval Observatory, villification of McGinniss for even being next door, and the gubernatorial shit show she created and you have the crux of the book Add the Trig saga was she prego why do what she said she did and how she used the child as a prop to soften the hearts of many and you have some great reading I know, sensational journalism sells and tossing mud at people gets us nowhere but at the front of the line for gossipping That said, I have to ask two questions 1 What benefit does Joe McGinniss gain from makingall this up 2 What the HELL was McCain and his people thinking when they chose her as the GOP s VP candidate VETTING PEOPLE Kudos Mr McGinniss A great book on a woman whose surely hard to write about in a balance fashion The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin


About the Author: Joe McGinniss

Joe McGinniss was an American journalist, non fiction writer and novelist He first came to prominence with the best selling The Selling of the President 1968 which described the marketing of then presidential candidate Richard Nixon It spentthan six months on best seller lists He is popularly known for his trilogy of bestselling true crime books Fatal Vision, Blind Faith and Cruel Doubt which were adapted into several TV miniseries and movies Over the course of forty years, McGinniss published twelve books.


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