America By Heart by Sarah Palin

December 25, 2010

Summary (from the publisher): In the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great.

Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her — from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes—themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.

Liked:

  • I really enjoyed Palin’s take on feminism. I agree wholeheartedly with her that modern “feminism” doesn’t mean you have to eschew having a family or align yourself with the pro-choice movement. Strong women are strong women regardless of their political beliefs or the number of children they have. It really gets on my nerves when people say that someone like Sarah Palin is not good for feminism. Of course she is. She has a big family and a fulfilling career outside the home, which makes her a successful woman (who has not been propped up by any man).
  • I liked Palin’s reflections on her family and what they mean to her. Say what you want about the woman, but I think she genuinely loves her family and is doing her best to instill good values in her kids. Yes, Bristol is a teen mother, but that doesn’t automatically mean she’s a bad kid, does it? Heck, if we were talking about a single black teen mom in the inner city, that girl would be the object of sympathy, not derision, right?

Disliked:

  • To be honest, I didn’t really like how many different books and speeches Palin quoted throughout this work. It was like she was deliberately saying to Katie Couric and others, “See? I actually do read a lot!” I was more interested in Palin’s words than other people’s, and felt too much time and space was spent on the latter.

Rating:

Overall, I thought America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag was just OK. Going Rogue gave readers a far more intimate look at Palin’s life than this did, so if you have a choice between one or the other, I’d go with the first book. I give America By Heart 3 stars out of 5.

One Response to “America By Heart by Sarah Palin”

  1. I gave Going Rogue to hubby for Christmas last year, but haven’t bought the new one yet. Figured we’d wait and pick it up used. Sounds like you would agree.

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