'Wild Card: The Promise and Peril of Sarah Palin' by Author Mark Joseph on Sale Today

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Joseph Launches Book with Book Signing at BEA and Appearance on C-Span’s Book TV “Palin's identity has been appropriated and discussed by many, and Joseph strives to find his own balanced view, succeeding most when dealing with her relationship to Christianity.” - Publisher’s Weekly “Joseph efficiently recounts the Palin saga, from her childhood, through her high school days as ‘Sarah Barracuda’ the basketball standout, to her obscurity-annihilating entre onto the national stage…The book is an efficient dummies’ guide to Sarah Palin. The writing throughout is clear and concise, and sources are always clearly identified.” - Book Pleasures

Bully! Pulpit Books announced today the release of "Wild Card: The Promise and Peril of Sarah Palin" ($24.95 Hardback - ISBN 9780982776131) by Mark Joseph, author, producer, pop culture commentator, former CNN anchor and current Huffington Post and Fox News contributor.

Joseph launched the book with a book signing at BEA (Book Expo America) in New York City and an appearance on C-Span’s Book TV taped at the Javitz Center where the convention is being held.

"Wild Card" explores the past and present reality and potential future of Sarah Palin. Joseph describes how Palin exploded onto the American political scene as a virtual unknown. As the pick for the troubled John McCain presidential campaign, she was regarded by many Americans as nothing more than a clever ploy to attract the female vote and bring home Christian voters who disliked McCain. She was also condemned by liberals for her lack of experience and praised by conservatives for her dedication to her faith. When McCain lost, Palin took full advantage of her newfound exposure by starring in her own reality show, writing two best-selling books and becoming a Fox News commentator.

Joseph wrote two articles on Palin in 2008 for the Huffington Post and Foxnews.com and completed a first draft of the work at the urging of his literary agent but held back publication to allow for updates and to be able to see a fuller picture of her true impact on the political scene.

Joseph remarks, “I sought to write a fair and balanced book. Fans of Palin may find more reasons to like her while her detractors may find more reasons to dislike her. She’s a genuinely fascinating figure and it made it an interesting book to write.”

Joseph carefully debates and analyzes her history, drawing on his years as a journalist and media commentator on politics, pop culture and religion offering fresh insights into Palin’s faith, noting her unique status as one of the few American political figures from a Pentecostal faith tradition to reach the heights of American political power.

The book's conclusion is summed up by a quote from conservative columnist Ann Coulter who argues that everything Palin lacks can be acquired from further study, while what she possesses-her raw, political skills, cannot be acquired from books.

Joseph takes the controversial, and unique position that Palin may very one day rule the United States but only if she masters the issues of her time and prepares to lead a movement, reminding readers that in Reagan years, for Palin it’s still 1957, two decades before his full impact was felt on the American political scene.

"Wild Card: The Promise and Peril of Sarah Palin" is published by Bully! Pulpit Books and distributed to the trade by Midpoint Trade Books and can also be purchased through Borders.com and Amazon.com. To learn more about the book, the author and scheduling appearances, visit MarkJoseph.com.

“This is an important book and we’re proud to have Mark Joseph in the Midpoint family,” noted Eric Kampmann, founder and president of Midpoint. “Sarah Palin is one of the most important political figures of our time and Mark Joseph gives us insights that have heretofore been overlooked.”

In addition to "Wild Card," Joseph also released another non-fiction book "The Lion, The Professor and The Movies: Narnia’s Journey to the Big Screen." This book centers on the complicated process that was involved in making the C.S. Lewis’ best-selling novels into major motion pictures.

About the Author
Mark Joseph is a multi-media producer, author and publisher of Bullypulpit.com. His books have included, “The Lion, The Professor and The Movies: Narnia’s Journey to the Big Screen,” "Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll,” “The Rock & Roll Rebellion,” and others. He is also a regular contributor to both the Huffington Post and Foxnews.com on issues related to politics, pop culture and religion.

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