The Rogue - Joe McGinniss

The Rogue

By Joe McGinniss

  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 175 Ratings


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.


  • The Rogue

    By PhenomeMom
    Excellent book in a sad sort of way- really makes me wonder how some people sleep at night....
  • Thought provoking

    By PenguinBoyDave
    Simply put, the book is either full of bs, or it's accurate. Either way it does make you think and realize that we only saw one side of Palin.
  • Enjoyable Read

    By TheRealCredo
    Fair and mind-blowing. A strong lesson of how dangerous the religious right is in America: to have supported the likes of Sarah Palin to the highest office in the world.
  • Thank God for Joe McGinnis

    By HipPTreeHugger
    Otherwise we may never have truly understood the depths of the Palin narcissism and vapidity. I do have hope that it's enough to prevent her securing a national office. You've done your country a great service, sir.
  • The Rogue

    By pamelia potter
    THanks to the author's research,we finally get to read about the true Palin. If the senator from Arizona had been as diligent when picking a running mate - he might have reached the White House.
  • Should be required reading for right-wingnuts

    By James Adams
    Not sure why this was panned by the NY Times. So what if all sources couldn't b revealed. The information jives perfectly with the portrait of ex-Gov Winky that has been revealed over the past two years. She and her family all refuse to look inward and prefer instead to be eternal victims. Great, arrogant grifters this family.
  • A MUST READ! (Regardless of political affiliation!)

    By Jaded_Angel
    I found this book to be well written & insightful. As far as any "uncredited sources"; as an Alaskan I can conclusively state that Alaska is very much a "small town" in that everyone knows everyone (or knows someone that knows the people they don't.) I can only admire the Author for not using the names of people that declined ro be noted as sources. THAT is honorable. Good work!
  • Fail

    By Edmund XXIII
    I'm not a Sarah Palin fan, but this is a hack job. The author is creepy. If he tried to get away with such poor sources and citations in even a college freshman level academic paper, he'd be flunked.
  • Movie Please!!

    By Not Lookin' Back
    There should be a double feature produced about this, the most dynamic of village idiots. One should be a tragic comedy on a politician "like" Sarah Palin, and the other should be a Michael Moore-style documentary. Reading about panes me and intrigues me. Seeing MOVIES about this idiot would make me laugh, cry, etc. Hearing her say the words "America," or "Amercian makes me almost puke in my own mouth.
  • Not worth looking at

    By crazytexan
    This simply put is a hack job. It's clear the hatred for the subject of the book drips off every sentence. Even if some is true, it means she's a REAL person, not the plastic and made up political facade we so often see. A real mom who faces challenges. So as for all of the "critics"...most haven't read the book, and are just commenting on Governor Palin, the woman who they have never met, only are under orders from the MSM attack media to hate her. They call her a quitter....when the President of the United States, who they revere, himself QUIT his term in the Senate, and where there didn't show up for half of the votes while still drawing a paycheck. They call her inexperienced...but she was the GOVERNOR of a US State, and an elected mayor...not only that was in charge of overseeing oil and gas production in the State of Alaska before that....the State's largest industry! The President was just a community "organizer".