"Going Rogue" Preview: Five Chapters Of Palin

Sarah Palin's memoir won't be published until November 17, but Time's Mark Halperin has talked to some Palin associates who have seen copies or been briefed on its contents ahead of time. Based on those interviews, he gives a preview: only five (long) chapters; score-settling and naming of names with regards to McCain staffers she believes to have crossed her; bashing of the national news media (a staple for Palin since she entered the national spotlight); an account of how her upbringing shaped her as a maverick; the importance of faith in her life; and a "warm and personal tone, written in Palin's own voice."

Pretty much what we'd expect: it sounds like a narrative about her character, which is what her fans probably want--Palin is an intriguing figure, and, even more so than for President Obama in the early days of his presidential run, it's a cult of personality. And you had to know there would be daggers for McCain staffers. That fight's been brewing since before the election even ended, and, in all the profiles and/or hit pieces on Palin that have come out since last November, a central pillar is Palin's ferocious impulse to destroy those who attack her.

Five chapters is an interesting choice. Just from a literary standpoint, long chapters can require lots of narrative transition, weaving in and out of anecdotes--something public figures tend to avoid with shorter chapters that let them separate anecdotes without having to tie them together into a longer narrative. The form requires a strong, sustained narrative voice to carry it--which can be challenging. But we all know Palin's voice is a strong one, so perhaps it plays to her strength.

Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This wildly inventive short film takes you on a whirling, spinning tour of the Big Apple

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Politics

Just In