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Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin

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Beginning with Palin's birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, and her family's move to Skagway and then Wasilla, Alaska, Trailblazer details the difficulties of growing up in Alaska, Sarah Palin's early successes as a basketball star and a beauty pageant contestant, and the story of her elopement with Todd Palin, whom she met at Wasilla High. It describes her career as a broadcast jou Beginning with Palin's birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, and her family's move to Skagway and then Wasilla, Alaska, Trailblazer details the difficulties of growing up in Alaska, Sarah Palin's early successes as a basketball star and a beauty pageant contestant, and the story of her elopement with Todd Palin, whom she met at Wasilla High. It describes her career as a broadcast journalist and young mother, and gives details on her move to the political arena that has culminated in making her a household name. From staff firings in Wasilla to her controversies with the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, from her support of Todd Palin's snow machine races to her own love for moose and caribou hunting and salmon fishing, and culminating with the 2008 election, Lorenzo Benet has built a detailed picture of Sarah Palin.


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Beginning with Palin's birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, and her family's move to Skagway and then Wasilla, Alaska, Trailblazer details the difficulties of growing up in Alaska, Sarah Palin's early successes as a basketball star and a beauty pageant contestant, and the story of her elopement with Todd Palin, whom she met at Wasilla High. It describes her career as a broadcast jou Beginning with Palin's birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, and her family's move to Skagway and then Wasilla, Alaska, Trailblazer details the difficulties of growing up in Alaska, Sarah Palin's early successes as a basketball star and a beauty pageant contestant, and the story of her elopement with Todd Palin, whom she met at Wasilla High. It describes her career as a broadcast journalist and young mother, and gives details on her move to the political arena that has culminated in making her a household name. From staff firings in Wasilla to her controversies with the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, from her support of Todd Palin's snow machine races to her own love for moose and caribou hunting and salmon fishing, and culminating with the 2008 election, Lorenzo Benet has built a detailed picture of Sarah Palin.

30 review for Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Damon Suede

    A mawkish, facile biography by an "impartial" writer who (*surprise*) manages to come up with "Aw-Shucks!" loveable moments in one of the most shocking, inexplicable rises in American politics by a self-proclaimed no-nothing. This book is about as impartial as Newt Gingrich's twitter account and about as deep/revealing as a coat of Governor Palin's nail polish. As always when I read such things, I woinder who the readers are for whom it is intended. The self-cogratulatory back-patty condescends a A mawkish, facile biography by an "impartial" writer who (*surprise*) manages to come up with "Aw-Shucks!" loveable moments in one of the most shocking, inexplicable rises in American politics by a self-proclaimed no-nothing. This book is about as impartial as Newt Gingrich's twitter account and about as deep/revealing as a coat of Governor Palin's nail polish. As always when I read such things, I woinder who the readers are for whom it is intended. The self-cogratulatory back-patty condescends and panders without pause. It is completely devoid of wit, irony, or actual opinion. Don't the Republicans have anyone on salary that can churn out this kind of candy floss with a little more style or actual, uhhh, content? It is obviously written by someone who does a lot of magazine writing, and at that, has the glib hard tone of an extended PR piece, with enough ironic humor to wedge the sentiment down the reader's throat, but without the wit to realize there's nothing inside the packaging. Not a "bad book", no even a crappy biography per se, but more of a badly written PR piece barely-disguised as an outsider's view.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    You know, for "know thy enemy" reasons. Already a pretty awful book - imagine a People magazine author writing the biography of a person whose life history is pretty underwhelming. He seems to have interviewed her parents for the bulk of her early life, and the number of inane, useless details is staggering. He also quotes other Palin biographies - crackerjack journalism there. And yet, I press on. You know, for "know thy enemy" reasons. Already a pretty awful book - imagine a People magazine author writing the biography of a person whose life history is pretty underwhelming. He seems to have interviewed her parents for the bulk of her early life, and the number of inane, useless details is staggering. He also quotes other Palin biographies - crackerjack journalism there. And yet, I press on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    Trailblazer is a biography of Sarah Palin - the once-up-and-coming star of the Republican Party during the 2008 election. Written during this time, in order to present a more balanced and nuanced approach to the already-divisive figure, this book does not really provide any new information to either her fans or her detractors. Lorenzo Benet writes a positive portrayal of the former Governess though his writing occasionally descends into the overly sentimental. This book seems more aimed at those Trailblazer is a biography of Sarah Palin - the once-up-and-coming star of the Republican Party during the 2008 election. Written during this time, in order to present a more balanced and nuanced approach to the already-divisive figure, this book does not really provide any new information to either her fans or her detractors. Lorenzo Benet writes a positive portrayal of the former Governess though his writing occasionally descends into the overly sentimental. This book seems more aimed at those who are already Palin's staunch supporters as most of the information present was already accessible during the election and has been covered both by other biographers and Palin herself in her autobiography.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    The author is an assistant editor with PEOPLE Magazine, who was sent to meet Sarah Palin and her family weeks before the announcement that she would be the vice-presidential nominee. (He really hit the jackpot when she was thrown into the limelight). Most of the book ended up being about the campaign. He addresses all the issues, criticisms, and challenges she faced during the campaign. The book paints a very favorable picture of Sarah. I just received a copy of Sarah's book "Going Rogue" and am The author is an assistant editor with PEOPLE Magazine, who was sent to meet Sarah Palin and her family weeks before the announcement that she would be the vice-presidential nominee. (He really hit the jackpot when she was thrown into the limelight). Most of the book ended up being about the campaign. He addresses all the issues, criticisms, and challenges she faced during the campaign. The book paints a very favorable picture of Sarah. I just received a copy of Sarah's book "Going Rogue" and am excited to read it so close after reading this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mopowers

    Worth reading because of the author-- a real journalist who does not push certain values as much as other authors. I felt I learned more about her motivation (from God, whose desire it is that she become President) and her actions (all designed to attain that goal, and not to learn more about much else) than from any other source so far.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    A fantastically in-depth portrait of one of the time's most fascinating figures. Sarah Palin is someone I greatly admire, and this biography is - finally - a accurate and deserving account of her life and accomplishments. A fantastically in-depth portrait of one of the time's most fascinating figures. Sarah Palin is someone I greatly admire, and this biography is - finally - a accurate and deserving account of her life and accomplishments.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sherwood

    Balanced biography of the former Governor of Alaska.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cliff Ball

    I didn't learn anything that I didn't know already from the overkill the MSM did to vet her. I voted 3rd party, so this book was way too late to matter. I didn't learn anything that I didn't know already from the overkill the MSM did to vet her. I voted 3rd party, so this book was way too late to matter.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Dell

    I have to admit I am interested in her. Not because I believe in a lot of her politics but mostly because she's a woman It was an interesting read. I have to admit I am interested in her. Not because I believe in a lot of her politics but mostly because she's a woman It was an interesting read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christiana

    It was interesting to learn more about Sarah Palin.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    I read this in one sitting. It was interesting, non-partisan, and easy to read. The only drawback: it's a bit dated now, having been published two years ago. I read this in one sitting. It was interesting, non-partisan, and easy to read. The only drawback: it's a bit dated now, having been published two years ago.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sanjana

    This book taught me a lot about Sarah Palin, someone who I had never really thought about before.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucianna Wolfstone

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elissa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Elmergreen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Longo-reuter

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike Becher

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Charles

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candace Poklemba

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Fisher

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

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