Item description for Sarah: How A Hockey Mom Turned The Political by Kaylene Johnson...
Overview Describes how the 2008 Republican candidate for vice-president used a message of ethical reform in state government to take on and defeat the political establishment in Alaska, rising from a small-town mayor to become the state's first female governor.
Publishers Description In Sarah, the first biography released of Governor Palin, author Kaylene Johnson draws upon personal interviews with Palin, her family, and other highly placed sources to explore Palin's family life, her upbringing in a devout Christian home, her political rise, and how she went from being a long-shot candidate to—potentially—one of the world's most powerful women and political figures. The book features dozens of family and political photos and contains source notes. An Epicenter Press book, distributed by Tyndale House. Tyndale will also provide a free online discussion guide designed to engage readers on the subject of faith and politics: www.FaithandPoliticsDiscussionGuide.com.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414330502 ISBN13 9781414330501
Availability 0 units.
More About Kaylene Johnson
Kaylene Johnsonis the author of five books and numerous articles about Alaska and the people who live there. She lives in Eagle River, Alaska."
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Explains Sarah's Politica Tactics Sep 9, 2008
This is a quick read; I read it on my hour-long commute last night. It is a sympathetic biography, written before Sarah became the vice presidential candidate. I liked the book, and I like Sarah. She is a very skilled politician, and is the only politician in over a year who made Obama bleed. This book definitely helps you understand her better.
The thing that impressed me most about the book was the explanation of how Sarah ran her primary campaign for governor. She avoided being too specific on the issues and concentrated on her personality vs. her opponents' personalities. She emphasized that she could be trusted as governor more than her opponents could be trusted. Sarah has a dynamite personality that knocks your socks off, and can talk the birds down from the trees. As we now know, nobody will defeat her in a personality contest.
This is not meant to criticisize Sarah. She is a competitive spirit who plays her strength against her opponent's weakness, and I admire that quality. Her political opponents usually bleed.
This has helped me understand the new McCain campaign tactic, which was adopted after Sarah came on board. Barak Obama, Michelle Obama, and Joe Biden are being portrayed as erudite, stuffed shirts, and snobs. McCain is being portayed as a nice, eldely man that you can trust. And, of course, Sarah is knocking peoples' socks off with her personality, as one would expect. Obama's issues are fading. As I said before, Obama seems to be bleeding, and Sarah seems to be loving it.
Only in America!!! Sep 9, 2008
In less than two weeks Sarah Palin has electrified the the United States. Few had even heard of her, and already a book has been published.This book gives an excellent insight into what this amazing person is all about. At a time when people in all countries have become disappointed with political parties and politicians of every stripe;finally someone has appeared on the scene who has electriied them.This books shows where this this person has come from,what values she possesses,what her character is,what her family,friends enviroment,desires,frustrations,hopes are; and why she has developed into the person she is and ,more importantly,why she has captured the admiration of so many people.As you read this book,and see her personality develop from an unknown ,right before our eyes;the question of whether this is all for real,quickly is answered. This book shows ,right from the start,that Sarah has a gift that is seldom found in politicians. It's not even an issue with here,to be Left or Right,Liberal or Conservative,Male or Female,and Political Party,Religious Affiliation,Racial Backgrounds,etc., are all things that she puts aside when she tackles an issue and fights for what is the right thing to do for the people she represents. What a breath of fresh air in the state of affairs that politics she has become! She has the ability to make things simple and shows that things really are not all that difficult when one is determined to do the right thing;and that is the thing that comes trough when we look at the actions and accomplishments of her life.So many on the scene today,have spent their lives in serving their own self interests and cannot see past obstruction to anyone whose intent is to serve the people who elect them.She has already shown many entrenched political hacks that there is a better way and Republicians are getting the message and Democrats are as well. Sarah gives the impression that she walks on water,and if given time she'll fall in. Don't kid yourself;she is the real thing. After all,she knows you can't walk on water;but coming from Alaska where it is bright ,warm and sunny in the summer,the climate can change and the winter bings darkness,extreme cold and then the water freezes,and when the ice appears;its simple to walk across the river,as a matter of fact----it's simple and fun. Go Sarah Go!! We've gotta find someone of the likes of her in Canada,and when we do;she'll get my vote,regardless of what Political Party she runs with,for the simple reason,she'll be working for me--not the Party.
Need More Red Meat Sep 9, 2008
I fully understand that this book was languishing out there in the discount bin until Sarah's meteorite rise on the national scene. That said, I didn't expect much and therefore was not disappointed in the lack of depth.
Written by an obvious friend, the book is most decidedly one-sided and pro-Palin. And that's okay as that was the purpose of the author. However, if We The People, want to explore this amazing woman's angels and demons we will have to wait (and it shouldn't be long) for one of the big boys to write her story. In fact, I would be surprised if there are not several books released taking a positive and negative view of our next vice president.
The book is small and a quick easy read. If you just can't get enough of all things Palin, then you should buy it for your political collection. If you really want to "know" Sarah Palin, I would recommend you wait a few weeks. Keyboards are smoking and advance checks are in the mail, I can guarantee it. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Author of Wingtips with Spurs
The story that has not yet been heard Sep 9, 2008
I quickly realized, by the third chapter, that all of the spin by the GOP and Dems and media is so far out of context as to completely miss the point of who this woman really is. The usual talking heads are comparing her to the status quo, looking at her through the lenses of the political parties, and therefore are missing the real story entirely.
In a nutshell, this is the story of someone who thinks about party second. She seems to be a genuine reformer who hungers for taking on the political establishment, corruption and waste, without allegiance to party. When you read this book, your political loyalties take a back seat. She has been the underestimated, anti-establishment candidate many times and has blindsided everyone who didn't think she had what it takes. In essence, she is everything Obama supporters crave, but with proven results.
My guess is that if there is enough time between now and the election for Americans to learn this story, she will carry McCain to the White House. If not, she will be the lasting legacy of the McCain 2008 campaign. Even if he loses, he has unleashed a new generation of leadership that will demand government work for the people.
Read for knowledge Sep 9, 2008
This is a great book to get to know Sarah Palin in true biographical format. If you want to know who she is and how she got where she is today, order this book, and be informed. It is the best thing on the market as of now to inform us, and introduce America to Sarah Palin. The author uses an easy to read format, and it is short enough to make it practical for anyone who wants to know the facts. This book was introduced before all the hype and media attention, so you can be sure that you are getting a sound and professionaly written biography. Very refreshing and informative. Thank you Kaylene Johnson!!