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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaylene Johnson Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sarah Palin, a hockey mom and small town mayor, thought her dream of making a difference in the male-dominated realm of Alaska politics was over when she clashed with the state chairman of her Republican Party and went head-to-head with the powerful Republican governor. In 2006, she became a long-shot candidate for governor, demanding a higher ethical standard in state government—and then fate intervened. When a major political scandal rocked Alaska politics, her populist reform message suddenly became front-page news—and when Alaskans began listening to her, they liked what they heard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Probably the most popular public official in any state.”

    FOX News Network

  • “She’s proceeding to shatter the traditional political mold.”

    USA Today

  • “Cassandra Campbell’s narration of the now-familiar story of the bold, athletic girl who grew up to balance motherhood and politics is mostly admiring, even when the book touches on controversies Palin has dealt with.”


  • “Wildly popular, she’s more than just a pretty face.” 

    Alaska Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/14/2014

    " A brief explanation of Sarah Palin's rise in Alaskan politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tess | 2/13/2014

    " This was a great book. My favorite parts were the parts about her growing up in Wasilla. They were interesting and I learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirt | 2/11/2014

    " She carries nick names like "Barracuda" and "Pitbull with Lipstick" for good reason. If I could have my wish granted to throw out all the good-old-boy career politicians and replace them with fresh leadership, I would put a Sarah Palin clone in every seat on both sides of the aisle. Tough, honest, smart, hard-working, genuine and in touch with her people. I wouldn't worry about partisanship or ideology if we had national leaders and lawmakers cut from such cloth. This book isn't going to win any awards, but it makes clear the no-nonsense get-er-done credentials and spirit of this woman. A short, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teri | 2/7/2014

    " When we first heard about this book on our local news, that the little known publisher from out of Washington State, had run out the last 3000 copies, I knew I needed to have our Regional Library purchase this book. This book was rushed out in paperback last month just in time. This little book is a quick read, just a bit over 100 pages, but it has a lot to reveal about Sarah. Even though she's young, her politics are fresh, and she has come up through the grass roots to win the hearts of thousands in Alaska. She is full of tenacity, is honest to a fault, which is what we need to get this country back to where it was. She is for total reform, esp in ethics in government. This is a story of a down-to-earth woman with energy and idealism. If you want to know more about Governor Sarah Palin, read this little gem of a book. You'll be glad you did!!!! "

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About the Author

Kaylene Johnson is a writer and long-time Alaskan who makes her home on a small farm outside Wasilla. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and horseback riding in the backcountry. She is married with two sons and two grandsons. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Alaskan Wilderness Discovery Guide, Alaska magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Spirit magazine, and other publications. She received a BA from Vermont College and holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.