Going Rogue: What Reviewers Are Saying

Same old Sarah: 'ever optimistic, weirdly ungrammatical'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 11:22 AM CST
In this book cover image released by Harper, "Going Rogue: An American Life," by Sarah Palin.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Most reviewers agree Sarah Palin's Going Rogue is intriguing—mostly for the swipes at the McCain campaign and what Palin writes about her life off the political stage. Some takes:

  • The book is "a crackling read of grudges recalled, and settled, in her favor, a rewriting of the 2008 campaign that makes Palin the heroine of every encounter," Margaret Carlson writes for Bloomberg. The message appears to be that "if only Sarah could have been Sarah, the course of history might have been different."

  • Going Rogue is "part cagey spin, part earnest autobiography, part payback hit job," Michiko Kakutani writes in the New York Times. The second half "often reads like a calculated attempt to position Ms. Palin for 2012."
  • The "ever folksy, ever optimistic, weirdly ungrammatical" Palin tries to set the record straight about the 2008 campaign, Mark Kennedy writes for the AP. But though she says "she was told to stick to a script and spout nonanswers," they "remain unanswered in her book."
  • Bravo! writes Palin booster John Ziegler on Mediaite. "Her candor goes way beyond typical political self-deprecation and into the realm of instructive human introspection, the type of which can only come from someone incredibly courageous, grounded, and self-aware."