Sarah Palin: allegations of drug use and bad parenting

In his new book about Sarah Palin, Joe McGinniss levels a double-barreled blast at the Republican presidential hopeful, ranging from allegations of drug use to being a bad mom. "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," is drawn from McGinniss' time living in Wasilla, Alaska, as well as from unnamed sources. As a result, it is sure to be a polarizing force -- just as Palin is a polarizing force. Her husband, Todd, said that McGinness had  harassed and spied on his family, and that the book was "full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears," according to Fox News. Here are excerpts from reviews of the book, which is scheduled for release Sept. 20:

Los Angeles Times: What McGinniss is getting at is hypocrisy, even outright manipulation — a strategy of deception over Palin and what she represents. This is important, especially when it comes to her religious agenda, which, he argues, is defined by Third Wave/New Apostolic ideology and the desire to tear down the walls between church and state. And yet, in his conversations with Henning and others, there is an edge of personal animus, of gossip more than policy. ... I have no doubt that McGinniss' view of Palin is accurate: that she is narcissistic, undisciplined and unqualified for public life. Still, I want more than innuendo to make the point.

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New York Times: Mr. McGinniss's most quotable, inflammatory lines call Ms. Palin a clown, a nitwit, a rabid wolf and a lap dancer — and those aren't the parts that assail her as a wife and parent. He even finds a species of Alaska yenta willing to remark on the condition of the Palins' toilet, and he too (many of these gossips are men) has a place in "The Rogue." A journalist as seasoned as Mr. McGinniss surely knows what these details will do to his credibility regarding the book's more serious claims.

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