Less than four months after Sarah Palin’s memoir, Going Rogue, hit bookshelves and best-seller charts, the former Alaska governor is back at her writing desk. HarperCollins announced today that there will be a second book from the former governor of Alaska. This is how you turn a spot on an unsuccessful ticket into a ticket to success, or at least public visibility.
According to the publisher, the as-yet untitled book will be a “celebration of American virtues and strengths,” and will include excerpts chosen by Palin from and about people who have inspired her. Lately, Palin has remained a ubiquitous presence in the public consciousness, whether by Facebook-fighting with Family Guy, appearing on the newly reconstituted The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, or embracing her new gig as a commentator for Fox News.
Politicians’ books, usually with some combination of “American,” “Hope,” “Spirit,” “Liberty,” and “Believe” in the title and an image of them staring into the distance with conviction, are often a preliminary step towards starting a run for the presidency, but Palin is still hedging over announcing whether or not she plans to take a stab at the White House in 2012. What do you think? Is the book just a way to capitalize on the 2.2 million copies of Rogue that have sold so far, or do you think there’s a more political significance?
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