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By John S. on 06-06-11
Well worth a listen
I'm not fond of reviews that rehash plots, but for those who are reading this review and are curious about the book, here goes:
Author falls for Palin completely as soon as she announces for Governor in 2005, becoming essentially an indentured servant on her behalf from that point until she leaves Juneau. Writing the book in hindsight, he goes over the many flags he ... overlooked, being always loyal, even when she froze him out, to take him back later when she needed him (or more likely realized he knew too much). This pattern gets old quickly, but I was kept motivated by her increasingly erratic (shall we say) behavior.
At about halfway through the book, that aspect is driven home in a lengthy account of Troopergate, wherein we learn about Todd's obsession with Trooper Wooten (ex of Sarah's sister); Mr. Palin spends whole days badgering his wife's staff to have the guy fired. Bailey takes the fall for Saint Sarah at the point where the "undue influence" issue comes to a head. Other personal/political issues of the Palins take up Bailey and his colleagues' state time, until she's tapped for Bigger Things.
After her return to the job, things in the Executive Department go from bad to worse, with many examples of her poor judgement. When she finally quits citing "distractions", it wasn't so much that she was using the term as a convenient excuse, but that the distractions were pretty much all her own doing!
The narrator was quite good at investing us in Bailey's inability to handle the frustration of the experience. Much of Palin's dialogue - he really nails the voice well - comes from Twitter-ish memo-like emails, making her sound even more ... odd than when I've seen her speaking in complete sentences (not her strong point). I did feel the authors jumped around in time a bit, which may not have been so bad in reading the print version, but proved a bit confusing for the listener.
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By Vincent on 08-02-11
Inside looking out.
It's great to get a chance to get inside the real workings of the campaign, leadership (or lack there of) and fall from grace. This is a real insight to what the true driving force was behind the curtain. This is the real face of most politicians. The addiction to power and money. And just how phoney they can really be. Mr. Bailey, lesson learned!!!
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