Sarah Palin – Going Rogue: An American Life
Going Rogue: An American Life is a personal and political memoir by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President. The book was co-authored by Lynn Vincent, a conservative ghost writer. The book became a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release, and remained there for six weeks and it is one of only four political memoirs to sell more than one million copies.
Summary and themes:
The first part of the book is devoted to Palin’s experiences before the campaign; the second part details her life as a candidate for national office. The book is written in a personal tone similar to Palin’s manner of speaking. Palin discusses the disagreements she had with running mate John McCain’s campaign advisers, criticizes the national media, and talks about the importance of religion and family life.
The “Going Rogue” part of the title derives from criticism leveled at Palin by McCain campaign advisers that she was straying from their carefully crafted message and publicly disagreeing with McCain on several issues. The subtitle, “An American Life”, mirrors the title of President Ronald Reagan’s 1990 autobiography.