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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe McGinniss Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307941299
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rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary 
After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.
 
In his critically acclaimed book about Alaska, Going to Extremes, the fledgling state itself was Joe McGinniss’s subject. Although he didn’t hesitate to reveal the many flaws and contradictions behind its “last frontier” image, McGinniss fell in love with the land and its people. More than three decades later, he returned to Alaska in search of its most famous resident, Sarah Palin. 

On Election Day 2008, McGinniss began his on-the-ground reporting that culminated, famously, in his moving next door to Sarah Palin in spring 2010. THE ROGUE is the eagerly awaited result of his research and writing: a startling study of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin—and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative and illuminating, THE ROGUE answers the questions “Who is she, really?,” “How did she happen?,” and “Will she ever go away?”

In all of his books, McGinniss has scrutinized the mysterious space between image and reality—how that space is created, negotiated, and/or manipulated. Now, with The Rogue, McGinniss combines his deep appreciation of the place Sarah Palin comes from with his uncanny ability to penetrate the façades of people in public life. The result is an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin’s curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and recounts the author’s day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth. 

Readers will find THE ROGUE at once bitingly insightful, hilarious, and profoundly ominous in what it reveals—not just about the dark underpinnings of a potential presidential nominee but also in regard to the huge numbers of Americans who passionately support her.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " Mind blowing to think she ran for VP. Jaw dropping and a bit scary. Note to self.....don't move to Alaska. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Trauzzi | 2/18/2014

    " I think Sarah Palin is one incredibly scary and air headed women. Some things that were "revealed" I had already picked up on without knowing. And the fact that she believes dinosaurs and humans walked the earth together . . . Oh my goodness :( The one thing I do wish Joe wouldn't have done. . . . There were a couple of scenes where it was pure speculative gossip(not told from a "source") and I think Sarah Palin has enough to hang herself with that additional gossip is not needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 2/17/2014

    " Omg - she is worse than I had thought. This book is a public service, telling as many truths as he could find to show the many lies that creates the persona of SP. it is a worthwhile read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/8/2014

    " I tried to be objective when reading this, but by the end of the book, I decided that Sarah is downright dangerous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Macjest | 2/5/2014

    " I don't really care for Sarah Palin. I find her to be cartoonish and over the top. I tried reading her book Going Rogue and put it down a third of the way in. Having said that, this book isn't much better. The author does manage to quote some people by name, but a large percentage of his interviews are with unnamed people. Granted, they may be afraid of retribution, but at that point a responsible author would leave their comments out of the book. Also, he tends to repeat himself numerous times throughout the book. The book could have been half the size after eliminating the repetition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hip E. | 1/29/2014

    " Catty book about a horrible, horrible person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Drayer | 1/21/2014

    " This is an outstanding read for those of you who are into the political agenda.....I must read to find out about the "real" person Sarah Palin wants to be:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Emmack | 1/20/2014

    " Despise the woman and all she "stands" for, but loved the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/9/2014

    " Not sure if the slightly gossipy tone made me like this book more or less, but I'm leaning towards more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/14/2013

    " I've kept up with all the Palin news bites, but McGinniss pulls the whole story together so well in The Rogue... I was fascinated, and more than a little bit horrified at the things Palin got away with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/7/2013

    " I've read several books by outstanding writer and reporter Joe McGinniss and he is the real deal. Excellent portrait of one of the most dangerous people on the political scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/29/2013

    " This read like a horror story and I read with a little pleasure knowing that she's not running for president in 2012. She is really such a divisive person, who's vindictiveness knows no bounds. The way she reacted to this author coming to Alaska was a prime example. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/22/2013

    " While you are not quite believing your wasting time reading about this you get the sense that McGinnis can't quite believe he's wasting time writing about it. But there are moments of the phenomena he thinks deserve exploration and well no one does it quite like McGinniss "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/3/2013

    " From the author of "The Selling of the President" , The Rogue is a look into Sara Palin and her Alaskan roots. This is a look behind the image and a look into who Palin really is. Very entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Dullum | 12/2/2012

    " It's the Beverly Hillbillies... up north. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dedra | 7/23/2012

    " What do I think? Everything that Andrew Sullivan says [2d video] "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Van Stry | 5/2/2012

    " This is more of a work of fiction than a book about someone. The guy has already admitted he made a lot of it up. I can't believe how many people are willing to swallow his lies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan R. | 1/30/2012

    " Yes, we all need to know the truth about Sarah Palin...she is a horrible person with no business in politics or on tv..but I would not recommend this book. It has taken the unbelievable sordid life of Ms Palin and made it boring. The author's writing is repetitive and dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 julia | 11/26/2011

    " well written, compelling, and cautionary "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 11/3/2011

    " First let me say, I do not think very highly of Sarah Palin; however, I thought this book was very vindictive, mean spirited and not well written. There was a lot of innuendo but not much backing it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrett | 10/28/2011

    " I don't know why I decided to read this book, except maybe to support McGinniss who got so much grief for writing it. I did enjoy it, though I suspect it's not going to change too many minds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/25/2011

    " This is an outstanding read for those of you who are into the political agenda.....I must read to find out about the "real" person Sarah Palin wants to be:( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/21/2011

    " Just OK - I'm sure the truth is somewhere in the middle... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/19/2011

    " This read like a horror story and I read with a little pleasure knowing that she's not running for president in 2012. She is really such a divisive person, who's vindictiveness knows no bounds. The way she reacted to this author coming to Alaska was a prime example. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 10/15/2011

    " This is more of a work of fiction than a book about someone. The guy has already admitted he made a lot of it up. I can't believe how many people are willing to swallow his lies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 10/12/2011

    " I don't know if anything in this book is true or not but it was an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/11/2011

    " Based on other books Joe McGinniss has written, I have a lot of respect for the writer. This book was well written. It is also a scary commentary on American politics as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 10/11/2011

    " If you love to hate Sarah Palin, you will love this book. It took a little bit of the fun out of it for me when she announced she wouldn't be running for President, but by the time you finish reading, you'll be as relieved as I was that she isn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hip E. | 10/7/2011

    " Catty book about a horrible, horrible person. "

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About the Author
Author Joe McGinniss

Joe McGinniss is a writer of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. He first came to prominence with the bestseller The Selling of the President, which described the marketing of the then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and he has authored numerous books since then.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.