Going Rogue: An American Life Book Summary and Study Guide

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Going Rogue describes the life of Sarah Palin, from growing up in small Alaska cities to her ascent into the political world and her experiences during her journey from a small town Mayor to running as vice president with Arizona Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Going Rogue describes Sarah Palin's ascent into the world of Republican politics. Palin describes her ascent from a girl growing up in Alaska to serving her constituents in the same state to her rise as the 2008 vice-presidential nominee to serve alongside Senator John McCain. The media has sometimes brought attention to her innocent and simple way of looking at politics, but this trait has made her popular among her supporters. Her home life is probably where her straightforward and everyman way of living originated. Palin grew up in several towns in Alaska where she lived the life of the average American kid (her father teaching at the high school level) with a two parent household, several siblings and animals. The beginning of the book gives in-depth details of Palin's childhood and adolescent life, such as picking fresh berries and vegetables, the state fair and taking in all of Alaska's environmental beauty, which she describes as a playgroundŁ that children in the lower 48 states have yet to experience. In high school, she met the love of her life and current husband, Todd before going onto to study Journalism at the University of Idaho. Chapter Two: Kitchen Table Politics introduces Sarah's descent into the political world. Palin acknowledges her naive and jokingly says she wasn't even sure how to pronounce the Mayor of Wasilla's name. She would soon repair this Achilles' heel, taking in as much as possible while she learned to master her roles on City County, as Mayor, governor and vice-presidential nominee.
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The remainder of the book follows the course of her life in politics, describing her experiences both from a politician and a mother. She ran for Mayor of Wasilla in 1996, defeating incumbent John Stein. Later in 2006, she defeated incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski, earning her the title of the Alaska's first female governor and holding this position until 2009. She and McCain were defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, but she has continued to be a voice in politics and media.

In addition to her positions in office, she served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. To the dismay of some environmentalists, Palin is a supporter of drilling in Alaska. One of her favorite campaign slogans from the 2008 election, Drill Baby, Drill, is also a title and subject in her book.
Best part of story, including ending: Palin focuses on the personal parts of her life, not just the political.

Best scene in story: Palin's description of growing up in Alaska as a youth was interesting. Reading how she spent her leisure time with her family and the towns' local attractions and events gives a perspective that some who have not grown up in a similar setting can appreciate.

Opinion about the main character: Despite criticism from both Democrats and her own party, Palin has shown strength and resilience throughout her career. Regardless of how one feels about her or the Republican party, a candidate that keeps her composure in diverse situations is worth respecting.

The review of this Book prepared by Jolita W. a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   politician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Politician story?    -   Right wing pol fighting left wing Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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