The Sudden Rise And Brutal Education Of A New Conservative Superstar
On Sale: November 3, 2009
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A year after a vice presidential campaign that remains
as consequential as it was controversial, Sarah Palin is
still the most dynamic yet polarizing Republican in America.
Now Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe draw on their
experiences as embedded reporters on Palinís campaign,
exclusive on-scene coverage of Palinís post-election
struggles in Alaska, and revealing interviews with former
McCain/Palin staffers, top political minds, and Palinís
family, friends, and foes in Alaska to tell the remarkable
behind-the-scenes story of her improbable riseóand its
complicated aftermath. The result is a fair and fascinating
portrait of Sarah Palin and of the American political
Sarah from Alaska illuminates both
the talents that helped make Palin a superstar and the
traits that became liabilities under the intense pressures
of a divisive national campaign. It reveals in riveting
detail how Palinís vice presidential campaign became as
dysfunctional as it was secretive, explores the
circumstances behind her triumphs and baffling missteps, and
provides new context for understanding her values, her
political successes in Alaska, and her abrupt resignation
from the governorship.
ďItís easy to turn Sarah
Palin into a caricature of either a heroic everywoman or
ridiculous dolt,Ē the authors say, ďbut the truth is that
she is more complex than either her most passionate
defenders or harshest critics give her credit for.Ē Palin
remains ambitious and enormously popular among social
conservatives, and her future will be intrinsically
interwoven with that of the Republican Party as it struggles
to redefine itself and recapture the necessary margin for
national political victory in the next decade. That makes
Sarah from Alaska essential reading for anyone
interested in American politics.
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