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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Going Rogue: first impressions

One of the first things I noticed about Sarah Palin's book, Going Rogue: An American Life, was the picture on the back of the dust cover. It so succinctly sums up Sarah Palin the leader: smiling, confident, with a sheaf of papers and her Blackberry in one hand, her husband Todd at her right hand, leading a group of staffers down a hallway to the 2008 debate with Joe Biden. The men are all smiling, some clapping.

Looking through the two sections of color photos inside the book is almost like looking through a stack of photos with Sarah's handwritten annotations on the back of each one.

The book opens on that fateful day at the 2008 Alaska State Fair when everything changed, then flashes back to Sarah's childhood, growing up, meeting Todd. The early years were sweet, rugged, small town, full of hard work, hard play, love, and Christian faith. Having vacationed for two weeks in 2008 in southern Alaska, I am somewhat familiar with many of the places mentioned: Seward, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Mount McKinley, Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley.

The book is an easy, engaging, and even inspirational read. I'll be making observations occasionally as I work through Chapter 1 and the rest of the book. I hope that you'll join me by adding your own comments.

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