Book Review – The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words


Title:  The Quotable Rogue:  The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words
Author:  Matt Lewis
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year:  2011
Pages:  192
My Rating:  4 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

When I was first presented the option of reviewing a book of Sarah Palin quotes, I jumped at the chance.  Sarah Palin was the ONLY reason why I voted for McCain in 2008.  Ever since she came on to the national scene, Palin has become a cultural icon of conservative values. 

However, Palin has also found herself in midst of controversy.  The one who may wish to be our Chief Executive seemingly could not handle the job on the state level when she resigned as governor of Alaska.  The one who champions family values has a daughter who got pregnant outside of marriage and has what can be deemed at best a “tabloid” on-again-off-again relationship with the father. 

To make a long story short, the woman is just plain interesting. 

This book of quotes is a must-read for any Palin fan.  Should Palin decide to officially throw her hat into the ring for the GOP Presidential nomination, some of the quotes may come back to haunt her… 

Matt Lewis has done a great job of reaching back into Palin’s career, including her Wasilla days, to give an accurate representation of where she stands on a variety of issues.  Open this book and you will see Sarah Palin speaking on abortion, civil rights, energy, education, crime, health care, terrorism and a whole host of other issues.  Lewis also quotes Sarah’s thoughts on her family including quotes on mothering a child with Down Syndrome and her first thoughts on hearing of Bristol’s pregnancy.

Of course, Mr. Lewis has included the classic Palin lines we have cove to love such as:

“The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?  Lipstick.” (page 32)

“The toughest thing has been the shots taken against the kids, against the family.  They’re my kids.  The mama grizzly bear in me comes out, makes me want to rear up on my hind legs  and say, “Wait a minute.”  It’s a little bit unfair there.  It has noting to do with taking the country in a new direction.” (page 86)

I am thankful that Lewis reminds us that one of Palin’s most famous quotes about being able to see Russia from her house was never actually a quote by Sarah.  No, that was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.  Her actual words were:

“…It’s  very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America:  Where do they go?  It’s Alaska.  It’s just over the border.  It is from Alaska that we send out those to make sure that an eye is being kept on this powerful nation.  Russi, because they are right here.  They are right next to our state.” (page 10)

  This is a great resource that will give you some insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating women in politics today.

That having been said, for the most part, I don’t think this book is very flattering for Palin.   True to life, she just does not come off as very intelligent.  In my opinion, these quotes reflect a shallow mind that has not really struggled and wrestled with issues.  Instead of thoughtful and detailed solutions to our problems, we left with little sound bites that serve only as guaranteed applause lines at Tea Party functions.    However, this is a book of quotes was not meant as a substantive analysis of her views.

I still recommend that you buy this book if you have any interest in Sarah Palin as a political figure.    It’s an easy read and keeps your attention. 

Purchase it here:  Amazon   Christian Book Distributers

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

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