Sarah Palin ‘going rogue’ with early memoir release

Author: Reuters

Publisher HarperCollins said Palin’s memoir, titled “Going Rogue: An American
Life”, would be published on November 17 after originally being scheduled
for release in spring 2010.

The book will have a large first printing of 1.5 million copies, according to
a statement from HarperCollins, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Senator Edward Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass”, published soon after his
August 25 death, also had an initial print run of 1.5 million hardcover
copies.

Palin, 45, the brash and deeply conservative former governor of Alaska, burst
onto the U.S. and international scene last year when Republican presidential
nominee Senator John McCain picked her as his running mate in the 2008
election campaign.

She has not disclosed how much she would be paid by the publisher for her
memoir.

At the time the book deal was announced, Palin said in a interview published
in Alaska’s Anchorage Daily News that it would be good to have an
“unfiltered forum” as “there have been so many things written and said
through mainstream media that have not been accurate.”

During the electoral campaign she was criticized for being inexperienced and
for describing herself as a “hockey mom”, joking that the difference between
a hockey mom and a pitbull was lipstick.

The former beauty queen was ridiculed for saying her foreign policy experience
was bolstered by Alaska’s proximity to Russia across the Bering Strait. Her
family also came under scrutiny when her 18-year-old unwed daughter Bristol
had a baby.

Palin abruptly resigned as Alaska’s governor in July, citing a variety of
reasons for quitting – the burden of fighting nearly two dozen ethic charges
which she had dismissed as “frivolous”, her desire to avoid being perceived
as a powerless “lame-duck” governor, and a “higher calling”, among others.

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