Going Rogue: An American Nightmare mocks Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue: An American Life" hits the bookstore shelves Tuesday, November 17. On the same day that Palin's book is released to the public, “Going Rouge: An American Nightmare" will also be released. It's touted as an anti-Palin book, compiled by Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, senior editors at the left-leaning The Nation magazine.

The book covers and titles are so similar in the two books, that it would not be a big surprise if a few bookstore customers bought the wrong book. However, it's hard to tell at this point what the wrong book is.

The play on words in the title using "Rouge" instead of "Rogue" is so close that one would think that Kim and Reed are picking on Sarah Palin's makeup, using the word "rouge".

“We’re really sensitive to the position Sarah Palin finds herself in as an attractive woman in Republican politics,” Reed explained. “The title isn’t making fun of her wearing makeup, but instead the media attention that’s been given to her personal image — part of what we call ‘the nature of Palinism.’ ” -- MSNBC

The cover of “Going Rouge” is clearly a parody of Palin’s book due out the same day. However, according to the editors, the book is not.

Authors Richard Kim and Betsy Reed claim that “Going Rouge: An American Nightmare" is about the "real Palin." Because the authors had less than a month to put the anti-Palin book together, they decided to make it a group of essays that look critically at Palin.

The essays come from various publications, including The Nation, The Wall Street Journal and The Anchorage Daily News, as well as from bloggers. The end result is harsh look at Palin’s verbal mistakes, her political views and her role as an American celebrity.

Both "Going Rogue: An American Life" by Sarah Palin and "Going Rouge: An American Nightmare" will be released Tuesday, November 17. It will be interesting to see which book has better sales figures at the end of the first day.

Cheryl Phillips

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