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The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin: What She Believes and What It Means for America - eBook
Frontline / 2010 / ePub
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She stepped onto the world stage as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the election of 2008. Previously, she had only been a small town mayor and the governor of a state with slightly more than half a million people. Still, there was something about her. She was pretty, fierce in her conservatism and she seemed undaunted by the slings and arrows of national politics And there was something else, as well: there was a moral force that seemed to shape her life. As the world grew to know Sarah Palinthroughout the 2008 campaign and in her subsequent public appearances and bookpeople began to see the force behind her: a deep, lifelong Christian faith. This faith was the lens through which she viewed the world, the bedrock of her politics, and even a primary influence upon her personality.
To understand Sarah Palin, it is essential to understand her faith.
What faith principles, then, impact Sarah Palins politics, and what are their implications for the Republican Party and the nation as a whole? These questions and more are answered in the fascinating new book by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Mansfield and his co-author David Holland. These authors were given extensive access to Palins pastors, advisors, friends and family and it has allowed them to capture the moving story of Palins faith, as well as the meaning of that faith for American politics and culture.
Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, The Faith of Barack Obama, Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill among other works of history and biography. Founder of both The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which creates and manages literary projects, Stephen is also in wide demand as a lecturer and speaker. For more information, log onto www.MansfieldGroup.com.
David A. Holland is an author, speaker, media consultant and award-winning copywriter who writes the popular blog BlatherWinceRepeat.com and the satirical ChrisMatthewsLeg.com. He is the co-author of Paul Harveys America, as well as numerous articles, essays and opinion pieces. David makes his home with his wife and daughters in Dallas, Texas. For more information, log onto DavidAHolland.com.
Mansfield, who has already written about the faiths of George Bush and Barack Obama, joins with writing partner Holland to analyze the faith of the next logical subject: Sarah Palin, a Pentecostal who is among the probable contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Palin, the authors rightly note, is among America's most polarizing figures. This analysis sheds some light on the topic, but not much. The authors say they've done research, but much of their reconstruction of Palin's life and career in Alaska is unsourced and merely rhetorically overheated (Palin's pastor is a "beloved man of god). A chapter about Palin's husband, Todd, is especially lightweight and speculative ("He seems to have lost a sense of himself during this time). Although they spend much time delineating her leadership qualities, they are largely silent about her decision to resign as Alaska's leader. The public record, including Palin's own words, is sufficient for this to have been a more substantive analysis of an important topic. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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