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'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin
'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin

A particularly shrewd political analyst once remarked that Ronald Reagan's great strength as a candidate was that he was "a sincere phony." In the world of electoral realpolitik, that's a compliment. What the analyst meant was that Reagan had the ability to convince himself that he actually held expedient views he'd never previously entertained and that belief, in turn, allowed him to speak of them with utter conviction. Thus, the governor who'd signed the nation's most permissive abortion-rights statute became the resolutely pro-life president. Sarah Palin's autobiography -- "Going Rogue: An American Life" -- suggests that while she may be...

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