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Wall Street Journal
September 15, 2011

Sarah Palin is getting a lot of attention lately and she hasn’t even officially declared she’s running for anything. She’s the subject of a new biography called “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin” by Joe McGinniss, who famously (or infamously depending on your point of view) moved in next door to the Palin family in Wasilla, Alaska while he was working on the book.

The book, due out Sept.20, is being slammed and celebrated for its incendiary allegations about Palin’s personal and political life.

Here’s what critics and commentators have to say about “The Rogue”:

–”Mr. McGinniss’s most quotable, inflammatory lines call Ms. Palin a clown, a nitwit, a rabid wolf and a lap dancer — and those aren’t the parts that assail her as a wife and parent.He even finds a species of Alaska yenta willing to remark on the condition of the Palins’ toilet, and he too (many of these gossips are men) has a place in “The Rogue.” A journalist as seasoned as Mr. McGinniss surely knows what these details will do to his credibility regarding the book’s more serious claims.” [Janet Maslin, NYT]

–”Throughout the book, only a handful of people — including Gary Wheeler, Palin’s onetime head of security, and Walt Monegan, whom she fired as Alaska’s director of public safety — are willing to go on the record; everyone else is frightened of reprisals….I have no doubt that McGinniss’ view of Palin is accurate: that she is narcissistic, undisciplined and unqualified for public life. Still, I want more than innuendo to make the point.” [David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times]

–”But as McGinniss ruefully acknowledges in his final chapter, anything that has to do with Palin gets people chattering. Or, at least, starting legal-defense funds.” [David Weigel, Slate]

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