Geoffrey Dunn's book is well worth your time and money. Though many of the events described in this book are known to most people who follow politics, the "behind the scenes" information Dunn provides further illuminates how woefully unprepared Mrs. Palin was for a national political campaign. Incurious about the world around her, uneducated, divisive, she covets power for the sake of power. There is a huge dissonance between her actions and her avowed Christianity.
What is particularly disturbing is her careless disregard for the villagers in the bush who were freezing and starving and unable to get her attention. When she finally did show up at a couple of the villages with Franklin Graham, she had the audacity to lecture the villagers and tell them they needed new leadership from their elders. There was no acknowledgement of the poor fishing season, the unusually harsh and extended winter. Instead, she lied about her husband's experiences growing up as a native. Also, when Mrs. Palin did make it to see the villagers, it was approximately five weeks after relief efforts had already been initiated by concerned citizens and bloggers. At one point within those five weeks, Mrs. Palin had been approached with requests for assistance in flying the food and fuel collected to the remote villages. That request was denied and Mrs. Palin's office again stated they were looking into things. This seemed to be their standard reply on the numerous occasions they were asked to help. She was very dismissive to a village elder who attempted to talk with her about the people in Emmonack and other villages.
So much for a servant's heart.
Throughout this book, time after time, Mrs. Palin is revealed to be dismissive to other people, petty, vengeful, and egocentric. Her behavior the night of the presidential election is also extremely revealing. She is determined to give a concession speech. But Senator McCain and Steve Schmidt recognize the importance of the moment for our country. They recognize it is not the time for further polarizing and divisive statements. But she will not take no for an answer. She asks at least four times, the last time as they were taking the stage with Senator McCain and his wife, Cindy. After Senator McCain's speech, he and his wife, Cindy, leave the stage and Mrs. Palin gestures to her family to join her and her husband on the stage. It's at this point, Schmidt, realizing how determined she has been to give her speech, orders the microphone and lights to the stage to be cut. If only the American people could be so lucky and find a way to cut her microphone now.