The Rogue by Joe McGinniss
Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

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8 Critic Reviews

Scandals, such as Palin's attempt to have her sister's ex-husband fired as a state trooper, an incident known as "Troopergate," are retread in the book...
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rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary
 
After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.
 
In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss’s subject. Although he didn’t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its “last frontier” image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people. More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin.

On Election Day 2008, McGinniss began his on-the-ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in spring 2010. THE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing: a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin—and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions “Who is she, really?,” “How did she happen?,” and “Will she ever go away?”

In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality—how that space is created, negotiated, and/or manipulated. Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the façades of people in public life. The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin’s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author’s day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth.

Readers will find THE ROGUE at once bitingly insightful, hilarious, and profoundly ominous in what it reveals—not just about the dark underpinnings of a potential presidential nominee but also in regard to the huge numbers of Americans who passionately support her.




From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Joe McGinniss

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Joe McGinniss was a young Philadelphia journalist when he began to follow the team of public relations men and television specialists who created Richard Nixon's image for the American public during the presidential campaign of 1968. In 1969, with the publication of The Selling of the President, Joe McGinnis immediately became a nonfiction star of the first rank. His other books include Heroes, Going to Extremes, Fatal Vision, Cruel Doubt, and a novel, The Dream Team. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Crown. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Rogue
All: 8 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 6

Blog Critics

Above average
on Sep 25 2011

Those who oppose her now will oppose her more. Those who support her now will continue to build a Palin apologetic that will serve their own self-deception further.

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Entertainment Weekly

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on Sep 22 2011

It's a flimsy straw-man argument, one that's beneath McGinniss. In the end, his book is simply too weak to damage Palin.

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Huffington Post

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on Sep 17 2011

...the book's claims about Palin's supposed fling with college basketball star Glen Rice, and her alleged cocaine use...suggest a decidedly low-brow approach.

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Huffington Post

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on Sep 15 2011

McGinniss says that anything he learned about Palin by living next door did not make it into the book, but he does become a character in the story himself.

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Seattle PI

Good
on Sep 25 2011

Plunging into a subject without wearing blinders is an engaging investigative method, and McGinniss...pushes the story forward in momentum while continuing to link new material with bits of information from past experiences and interviews.

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National Review Online

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on Sep 26 2011

The ubiquity of claims backed up only by “a friend says” will render it obvious to most readers that the material is almost entirely the product of hearsay and idle gossip.

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USA Today

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on Sep 15 2011

Scandals, such as Palin's attempt to have her sister's ex-husband fired as a state trooper, an incident known as "Troopergate," are retread in the book...

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Alaska Dispatch

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on Sep 24 2011

Go to Barnes & Noble. Read pages 137-142. Put the book back on the shelf. After reading The Rogue, Joe McGinniss' new book on the life and meteoric rise of Sarah Palin, that's my advice.

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