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 HOWEVER.I read , and , andAnd 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 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 HOWEVER.I read , and , andAnd 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 story is, of course, compelling as well.I am or was a Palin skeptic I thought that she was totally fake But I realize that if even half of what she says in this book is true, she has been wildly misrepresented by the let s be honest, flamingly liberal media I m not sure if she s president material, but Going Rogue convinced me that, contrary to her media image, Sarah Palin is not a slick con man preying on poor, innocent Republicans She served Alaska well as governor, and while some might question her political moves and her priorities regarding her family, her love for Alaska and over for her family shines through She is, for better or for worse, a remarkable woman 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 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 considers Sarah Palin to be the most dangerous political player in America, and try to learn something Going Rogue is not so different than, say, Living History or Madam Secretary, in the sense that it is a self serving political memoir that intends to frame a legacy In this, Palin s book succeeds I found her to be affable and earnest I empathized with her plights I identified with her small town sensibility.The AP has already fact checked the thing into the ground, and found dozens of gray areas and outright lies Again, though, that s another standard in political memoirs It came back to bite Hillary Clinton in the ass during the Democratic primary last year, and if you were to consider her autobiography and Madeline Albright s as the only text on American foreign policy in the 90s, you d find yourself believing that the debacles in Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia never happened Whoops Genocide We had no idea that was going on we thought it was a playground fist fight Where Palin s memoir veers from the established course is the full on axe grinding.John McCain s camp knew Palin was going to stretch the truth and name names Before the book s release, McCain told his team not to fight back Of course, they didn t realize how ugly it was going to be and now they ve changed their tune Steve Schmidt, Rick Davis and Nicolle Wallace bear the brunt of Palin s outrage The three of them as well as John McCain have already released statements and participated in interviews to refute Palin s claims that she was manipulated into the now infamous Kate Couric interview, or that she was suckered into spending 150,000 on campaign duds, or that the McCain team charged 50,000 to vet her.But all that stuff Uncomfortable Yes Dangerous No.If Sarah Palin were smart, she d liken herself to Ben Franklin He, too, started out as a blue collar worker who signed his name B Franklin, printer for his entire life He was a self deprecating champion of the middle class Unlike George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, he was approachable, the kind of guy you d invite to the pub And while he was a pragmatic political thinker, he wasn t what you d call profound But Sarah Palin is not intelligent enough to make that connection In fact, Palin is not intelligent enough, full stop.And here s the part that s scary she doesn t give a shit Her derision for mental agility, especially the kind one gains from gasp elitist education is palpable, and her ability to make other people believe that intellect is a dirty word is frankly terrifying.The best example from Going Rogue is when she writes about evolution She says she doesn t believe in the theory that human beings thinking, loving beings originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea or that humans are monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees You know what, Sarah Palin No one believes that Not even cartoon characters would make it that simple Evolution like economic crises and nuclear proliferation and preemptive wars and covert wars and climate change and international human rights belligerence and deterioration of schools and energy policy and infrastructure is a complex conundrum that can t be shaken down to comic portrayals and written off or solved with home town charm.That s the chilling thing thing about Going Rogue the idea Palin presents that a person shouldn t be educated beyond her faith, that a simple belief in God is enough to guide a country Even the most obtuse student of history knows that s a catastrophe waiting to happen.Washington didn t believe it neither did Adams or Jefferson or Lincoln or Roosevelt There s a chance Ronald Reagan believed it, but Mikhail Gorbachev didn t, and in the end, he was the one who brought down that Wall If Gorbachev hadn t been a patient, patient man, both the U.S and Russia would probably be sitting at the bottom of their respective oceans right now along with Reagan and Palin s cowboy hats 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 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 even Trump might feel embarrassed about this performance, yet this is probably overestimating Trump.My husband was in another room, when Palin started to talk, or rather screech He heard her but could not see her He thought it was some lowlife Trump supporter who had jumped onto the stage and gotten hold of the microphone My husband didn t believe me at first when I told him it was Sarah Palin We later discussed the event and wondered whether Palin might have been drunk.Drunk or not drunk, the way the presidential race is going on the Republican side, I can only say God save America and Please, God do it without the evangelicals You are almighty You don t need the help of any power craving bigots Where was I I suppose I got a bit distracted I know, I know, this is supposed to be a book review Yet who has to read a phony, disgusting book when one can get all the phoniness, stupidity, and nauseating bigotry live on TV 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 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 As a work of non fiction, it is just a descent into madness Near the end of the book, Levi said, She is a real piece of work, isn t she Yes, son, yes she is The first part of the book is about Sarah s life and family prior to the unsuccessful vice presidential bid Then she tells, in excruciating detail, the story of her vice presidential candidacy At one point she mentions that her candidacy was only 68 days from nomination to election Sarah, myself and probably the entire nation feel that her candidacy left muchthan 68 days worth of an impression The final section of the book is her position on various issues from gay marriage to pollution cap trade, her impression of the world, and her vision of the future really terrifying stuff There is a call to action for Average Americans you know, Joe the Plumber, Bob the cable guy, and their buddies to step up and make their voices and opinions heard The conservative movement could bust through all those barriers and lies from the liberal elite, if only Joe the Plumber would register to vote.So I listened to this in my car, and there is a danger in that, of course Like maybe you are focused on driving, and you miss a sentence or a whole paragraph when a semi truck cuts you off and then slows down to 40 on the interstate But I am used to that I audiobook in the car, constantly But this book is practically unreadable The book actually has a very tenuous grasp on linear storytelling I had to check my stereo several times because it seemed like the cd was on shuffle For example, Sarah rants extensively about Katie Couric pages upon pages about how the McCain campaign lied and misled her about Katie Couric s intentions, and then she drops the subject entirely for a whole disc She picks it up like a pitbull with a death grip, and her endless tirade continues in an effort to belittle and embarrass Katie Couric Katie is painted as pathetic, desperate, unlikable, pining for Sarah s attention and friendship, with a career on a dead end, terrifying downward spiral Since Sarah spends so much time chastising feminists and women s groups for not supporting her unconditionally while she broke the glass ceiling for us, I was very surprised that she would not return the same consideration to Katie Couric.During and after the interview, Katie apparently badgers Sarah asking her the same question about abortion twelve times, for example and then editing Sarah s responses to fit her own agenda Katie acts as a malicious snake, hellbent on her own agenda and Sarah s destruction I understand that Sarah has no appreciation for the Liberal Media Elitists, but this crosses into the realm of conspiracy theory And this is just one example of how Sarah Palin was victimized by the tormentors of the lower 48 Don t miss her story about how she met Tina Fey and why she s funnier than Alec Baldwin While she clearly adores respects John McCain, his campaign aides were allegedly as manipulative and detrimental as the Liberal Media in destroying her candidacy, her reputation, and eventually her governorship Buried in over half a million dollars of personal debt from the lawsuits and ethics complaints filed against her, she prays God tells her to resign, that all the power and titles in the world can t help her do good things for Alaska with the liberal left wingers blocking her best attempts to get work done for the people who elected her An interesting note for me was Sarah s perspective on the Bush Cheney administration She doesn t talk about them a lot, but she does express her trademark mavericky opinions in subtle ways It seems that she feels no one appreciates all the hard work BC did during their eight years in office They may not have been perfect, but they really tried This runs contrary to Sarah s competitive, independent, no holds barred opinion on pretty much everything else Get out of the way of success, Sarah hollers from the mountaintops, unless you re the Bush Cheney administration Then, it s good enough that you tried It seems that Sarah feels BC were thrown under the bus by the GOP the rest of the country when they did the hard work of well, I m not sure But they really gave it their all For America And we are proud to be Americans I have collected a series of words and phrases I never ever want to hear again after this book servant s heart independent spirit energy independence free enterprise snow machine Is that what the President means by change small business owners God s precious children every life has a purpose Liberal Media Elite Ronald Reagan common sense conservative3 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. 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. 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 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 campaign that left me scratching my head.The beginning, Mrs Palin tells about her life growing up high school, basketball, how she met her husband his life, beliefs, work ethic She wanted to be a sports journalist She touched on her college time in Seattle It was here that she started to merge the 2008 presidential campaign with the book how people chastised her for taking 5 years to graduate from college She mentioned that she worked her way through school, paying as she went Sometimes, she just didn t have tuition, so she worked harder She states that that was something to be proud of not ridiculed Amen Excellent job laying out how she got into politics There was a lot of humor in the storytelling that I enjoyed The bumper sticker Alaskan s had on their cars that said something about not pissing the oil money away if they could just have another big boom, was cute So true She tackled corruption in the Alaskan gov t and I commend her for that All along, she raised her children with tremendous help from family and friends Laughed at her selling the previous governor s extravagant airplane that couldn t even land in most of Alaska on e bay Atta girl She talks about her children and husband How their surprise baby with down syndrome turned into a blessing for them, but she didn t feel that initially and her turmoil there Admired her for having the wherewithal to keep this news to herself until she could tell her husband a week or so later because he was out on oil field working and she didn t want to tell him on the phone.When she got down into the nitty gritty of the campaign, I was so shocked at all the apparent disorganization within the campaign headquarters Explains a lot The lack of preparation on headquarters, the blatant lies to the press, the failure to allow Mrs Palin to speak out shocking The amount of money spent on clothing to make over herself and family was outrageous 70 for panty hose She wasn t consulted or asked about this The 40,000 she was given a bill for being vetted into the vice presidency that they told her if they d won, she wouldn t owe.I tell ya, it all looked to me that McCain had people running his campaign with one goal in mind sabotage They shot themselves in the foot so many times it had to be on purpose The interviews with Katie Couric looked like a big time setup to me Katie was supposed to be a friend of a person on the campaign who was doing poorly in the ratings so finagled the interviews The questions asked were bombs and Ms Couric was on a mission to destroy What was edited and released was an example of poor unethical journalism The manner in which Headquarters kept throwing Katie at Sarah was another clear example of campaign mismanagement That ridiculous magazine question was such a setup No matter what Mrs Palin answered, it would have been ridiculed by someone Why didn t Katie Couric ask relevant questions I wanted to knowabout Sarah Palin, not stupid stuff like who does what do you read That ranks right up there with who does your hair and nails Come on.Forbidding Sarah to speak to press members that she knew and trusted, then setting her up with someone that had a ax to grind not to mention the method to deliver it.Listening to it all, I can t help but be glad McCain Palin didn t win the election If they can t run an election campaign with credible people or be responsible themselves then they don t deserve to run the United States Government.The ending or final disc seemed like we have not heard the last of Sarah Palin As her father said, she didn t quit, she s reloading She explained why she resigned her governorship and then went into her beliefs, work ethic, how President Obama did us a disservice by bailing out big business when we should have let what they did settle in lieu of placing the burden on the taxpayers I agree How continuing to implement programs we CAN T PAY FOR has got to stop How much money we pay to China and the Middle East for loans Scary She quotes Ronald Reagan throughout Going Rogue For the most part I liked Reagan, but what he did to the environment I just don t understand.I ve been concerned about what the press has eluded to on Mrs Palin s stance on the environment, but that, too, looks to have been misconstrued She does believe in helping the environment, wind solar nuclear energy, but what she has been saying is the people in Alaska are barely existing in or near poverty level and drilling will greatly help the people She s for the people, but that doesn t mean she s against the environment 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 Andimportantly heart And words And some home truths But most importantly heart. 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 learned1 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 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 learned1 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 tell her family that her last baby was going to be born with Down Syndrome She wrote a letter in the voice of God telling her family that they will love Trig because God says so Unfortunately she never got to give the letter to her family because the baby was born early, so no one knew at the time of birth that the baby had Down Syndrome This is a glaring example of poor judgment Instead of using this opportunity to have an open and honest discussion with her children she totally shirked her parental responsibility I guess she didn t care what her other children may have thought or felt about having a brother with a disability It makes me wonder what else she doesn t talk about with her children, sex education I was hoping to get some insight into this woman who has captured the attention of our nation Unfortunately, I now see that the liberal media elite was not that far off, although Ms Palin would not agree Going Rogue is theNew 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