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Sarah Palin's 'America by Heart' sure to stir friends – and enemies

Sarah Palin's new book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag' goes on sale Tuesday. It arrives as Palin ponders a run for the presidency, drawing criticism from the right.

By Staff writer / November 21, 2010

Sarah Palin seen in 'Sarah Palin's Alaska.' Palin's new book, 'America by Heart' stands to draw attention from friends and enemies alike.

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Sarah Palin has a new book out Tuesday, and so far it’s fulfilled one of its main purposes: keeping her in the news.

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The substance of “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag” – sure to be a best-seller, as was her first work, “Going Rogue: An American Life” – is not surprising.

She goes after President Obama, the first lady, the Attorney General, and pretty much anybody in the Obama administration who’s ever talked about race in America.

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She compares Mitt Romney to John F. Kennedy and finds the former president wanting. She likes hunting (“I eat therefore I hunt”), “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, and movies with "submersive moral messages," such as “Juno,” “Knocked Up,” and “The Forty-Year-Old Virgin.”

Not so much Levi Johnston (the father of then-teen daughter Bristol’s baby), John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign advisers, or the press – referred to as “the media beast.” Then there’s “the shameful tendency on the left not simply to declare their opponents wrong, but to declare them evil.”

Much of what leaked out about the book was posted on – at least until Saturday, when a federal judge ordered the excerpts scrubbed from the site as a copyright infringement. (Gawker retaliated with a page called “Sarah Palin Is Mad at Us for Leaking Pages From Her Book.”)

According to publisher HarperCollins, Palin’s new literary effort “celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great,” while “ranging widely over American history, culture, and current affairs.”

To fill out the 224 pages of personal and political philosophy, there are “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.”

On Tuesday, Palin begins what calls “a book tour of 16 heartland cities.” That’s unlikely to include the Coop at Harvard Square.


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