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Going Rogue: An American Life

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Sarah Palin

Narrated By: Sarah Palin

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: November 2009

Duration: 7 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

One year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage like a comet. Yet even now, few Americans know who this remarkable woman really is.

On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world.

As chief executive of America's largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. And while revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol' boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel.

Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn't a packaged and over-produced candidate. She was a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue-collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom is serving his country in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Palin's hometown story touched a populist nerve, rallying hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans to the GOP ticket.

But as the campaign unfolded, Palin became a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Supporters called her "refreshing" and "honest," a kitchen-table public servant they felt would fight for their interests. Opponents derided her as a wide-eyed Pollyanna unprepared for national leadership. But none of them knew the real Sarah Palin.

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics'from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.

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  • Elizabeth S.

    This was such a refreshing listen! I couldn't put this book down! As a common sense conservative, and Veteran it's always amazing to understand and hear the struggles and trying situations those in the goverment and media spot light endure, because they have not so popular beliefs! Keep preaching Sarah! I'll keep listening!

  • Anonymous

    I love Sarah Palin, and this book was great!! She mixes her personal life with business and politics to give a well-rounded view of it all. Enjoyed it a lot.

  • Mandi Scott Chestler

    Set aside your political views for a moment and just admit that listening to Sarah can be fun. Yep, she's a bit of an oddball and probably not presidential material. She's embarassingly honest and oh-so-chipper. But it is only fair to listen to Sarah's side of the story, especially if you are one of the millions who take sadistic satisfaction in watching main stream media's compulsive obsession and brutalization of her and her family.

  • michelle

    I dont have a personal political opinion about Sen. Palin. I figure most of the time, what we hear on tv and radio is a lot of "whooy" during campaign time. Listening to this book, doesnt really portray too many of her political positions, but it does paint a better picture as to who she is. And as a human, as a person, she sounds like a driven women, who has been sticking to her gut reaction and intuition, and sticking up for the people around her, with a long term "viewpoint". She may not have done the things I would have done in every situtation... but Im not infallable, so she may have done the right thing compared to me! Its true, Alaska is so far removed from the lower 48, that it would be hard to apply a lot of "lower 48 guidlines" to Alaska. They have a whole lot more nature/person up there that needs to be preserved in the way the local population would perserve it.

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