In 2006, a strong-willed hockey mom and former small-town mayor became the long-shot candidate for governor of Alaska. Running on a clean-government platform, Sarah Palin managed to defeat the Democratic governor and became the youngest, and first, female governor in Alaskan history.
Two years later, Palin stepped beyond state borders and burst onto the national political stage when Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced that he had chosen Palin as his running mate.
McCain and Palin may have lost the election but interest in the controversial politician from the north continues. Palin was chosen as one of America’s Top 10 Most Fascinating People in 2008 for a Barbara Walters’ special and sales of Palin’s new autobiography, Going Rogue: An American Life indicate that the fascination goes on. The book has skyrocketed to bestseller status with signed copies selling as soon as they hit the shelves. Sales are so strong that publishers HarperCollins are printing an additional 100,000 copies bringing the current total to 1.6 million hard covers in print.
Even the critics have quickly jumped onto the bandwagon. On the same day that Going Rogue was released, Going Rouge: An American Nightmare, a collection of essays about Palin was published. Going Rouge Coloring & Activity Book, a political satire by Michael Stinson and Julie Sigwart, also arrived in bookstores.
Palin’s relative obscurity upon entering the national political scene piqued the curiosity of Americans and of the world. What was the story of the working mother of five, parent of an infant with special needs, and wife of a blue-collared union worker? Palin offers insight on her decision to start a political career and the 2008 presidential election. Beyond the political stage, we get a look at other factors that made her the women we see today - a childhood spent in Alaskan wilds, meeting and marrying her husband, her faith, and thoughts on being working mom in the public eye.