New Book, "Sarah Barracuda: The Rise of Sarah Palin," Examining VP Candidate To Release October 12th

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"Fans may love her even more; enemies will find more reasons to hate her," says author. "Sarah Barracuda: The Rise of Sarah Palin", is set to be released on October 12th. Written by author Mark Joseph, a regular contributor to both Foxnews.com and The Huffington Post, it is the first major book to be released after Palin's vice presidential nomination and gives readers an inside look at Palin's early years in Alaska and unlikely journey from hockey Mom to candidate for vice president of the United States.

A new book, "Sarah Barracuda: The Rise of Sarah Palin," is set to be released on October 12th, 2008, three weeks before Americans go to the polls to select a new president and vice president. Written by author Mark Joseph, a regular contributor to both Foxnews.com and The Huffington Post, it is the first major book to be released after Palin's vice presidential nomination and gives readers an inside look at Palin's early years in Alaska and unlikely journey from hockey Mom to candidate for vice president of the United States.

The book offers surprising insights into Palin's personal and political life, noting the time she actively campaigned against her own mother-in-law in the race to succeed Palin as Mayor of Wasilla, and her regular pattern of firing staffers when she first took office as Mayor, and later Governor.

"Although she's often portrayed in the media as a lightweight, what I discovered was a tough political operator who more than lived up to her high school nickname of 'Barracuda'," Joseph noted. "Even Ronald Reagan was notoriously incapable of firing people, but there has been a regular pattern in Palin's political life of taking quick and decisive action to fire people and replace them at the outset of her administrations."

Published by Bully! Pulpit Books, "Sarah Barracuda: The Rise of Sarah Palin," opens with behind the scene machinations as the McCain campaign scrambles to select a nominee after it becomes apparent that McCain's own party won't accept the choice of Joe Lieberman for vice president. Joseph then offers readers insights into Palin's upbringing and later political life as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska and later, governor of the state. The book also explores Palin's religious beliefs in the chapter "Come to Jesus," and examines the media frenzy that has surrounded her candidacy after her nomination was announced. The final chapter, "To the White House?" examines how Palin's nomination will affect the future of the Republican Party, regardless of the outcome of the race in November.

"I think this book will be like a Rorschach test," Joseph predicts. "Readers who come to it as Palin fans will probably find more reasons to love her, while her critics may well find ammunition to reinforce their negative feelings about her. She is easily the most polarizing American political figure since Ronald Reagan. Readers of this book are likely to divide into two camps: those that love her will probably love her more, while her enemies may find fresh ammunition."

Joseph has written frequently on politics, pop culture and religion for numerous publications and his books include "Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll," and "Pop Goes Religion."

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