Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene Johnson

**Note** I wrote this review before Sarah Palin became the GOP choice for Vice President

This is a biography of Sarah Palin, Alaska’s current and most popular Governor. It details her upbringing and shows the building of the foundation that made her the woman she is today. From her childhood in a small Alaskan town to becoming the state’s youngest and first female Governor.

Although I became familiar with Mrs. Palin and her grass roots effort in her run for Governor, I knew little of her family life before politics. This was a delightfully comprehensive telling of how she started out as a girl learning principles and ethics from her close-knit supportive family.

While there were interesting details new to me, the book was a bit of a lightweight from her time as Mayor of Wasilla to her current administration. Especially considering how Sarah turned the state on its ear as the title suggests. I was hoping for more substantial information regarding her ethics reform, her primary win against big incumbent Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA). It did give us good basic information and a good overall feel for who Sarah Palin was before she became Governor. She is so very much more than a pretty face, and this book helped make that point.

The pictures and quotes from people who knew Sarah way back when were a delight. It’s easy to see why she is so popular and well loved. This would be a fantastic addition to any school library and would be invaluable to Alaskan children in particular.

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