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Sarah Palin Tops New York Times Best Seller List with 'Going Rogue'

Dec. 9, 2009


Sarah Palin Tops New York Times Best Seller List with 'Going Rogue'

Looks like abandoning her day job was a good gamble.

On Nov. 17, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's memoir "Going Rogue" hit the shelves. Before the end of the month, it was No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, where it remains.

Many speculate that Palin quit her gubernatorial job in July -- 18 months prior to the end of her term -- to speed-write the book in an effort to put it on the stands before Thanksgiving.

Co-written by Lynn Vincent, a conservative journalist and best-selling author, the book devotes entire chapters to the role of religion in her life, criticism of what she believes to be the left-leaning media and rebuttals to assertions made by aides to John McCain.

For her efforts, Palin was awarded a $1.25 million advance, and is slated to receive up to $7.5 million more. To break even, the book needed to sell 400,000 copies. By Dec. 1, it had sold 1 million.

In reaching that mark, Palin joined an exclusive club. Only three other political memoirs have broken the million-sale threshold. They happen to be the world's three most famous Democrats: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and current President Barack Obama.

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