Sunday, November 22, 2009

Going Rogue Reviews

First off, I just want to say how royally ticked off I am about all of the media's "book reports" of Palin's "Going Rogue." I have to wonder how many of them actually read the book. The differences between their assessment of the book and what the book actually says and how it's written couldn't be more glaring.

If I hadn't read it, I would have thought that she hated the world, that she mangled every other word, that she talked about Katie Couric every other paragraph, and that she was using Steve Schmidt's picture for target practice in her backyard. The disconnect between the reviews and the actual book is nothing short of hilarious. I don't know who writes for these publications, but they must be the most snobbish, can't-see-past-the-end-of-their-own-nose, narrow-minded, humorless people on the planet.

The book is hilarious. It is light-hearted and warm. It does not come across as score-settling, but rather as just the way things happened from Palin's perspective. And even those parts are peppered with humor. She even makes excuses for some of the campaign mishaps. Not to mention the fact that she goes into a lot of detail about her own personal life and her career before she delves into the campaign.

And the idea that there's no policy in the book....

The last part of the book outlines her basic premise of what she thinks about the current direction of our country, and where the country should be going instead. But her philosophy and her policies are scattered throughout the book. They are interwoven into her experiences. It is obvious. The only way you wouldn't see them is if you were blind or stupid. None is so blind as he who will not see.

I read the book before I read any reviews. I didn't want anybody else to influence my perspective of the book. Whether the book was good or horrible, I wanted to make that determination for myself. Well I made my determination. It is well-written, humorous, and heart-warming. It is optimistic and honest; sincere and unapologetic. It's just an all-around good book. I would recommend it even if you hate Sarah Palin's guts. Even if you don't believe a word in it or think that she could never be President...whatever. That stuff doesn't matter. It's still a good read.

And I have to say, I knew the media skewers things, but I never knew how much until I read the reviews of this book. The reviews are so far removed from the real thing it's laughable. And it cracks me up how these so-called super smart people can't figure it out. It's plain English, people. It's not that hard. The media, as far as I'm concerned, can go to h-e-double hockey sticks.

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