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Political Book Club: Latest Tomes From Presidential Wannabes

In her second book, mama grizzly-in-chief takes a look at American values


America by Heart

Book: America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

Author: Sarah Palin


Opening Paragraph: “When I was elected governor of Alaska in 2006, my friend Bruce, who’d helped out on the campaign, presented me with a black-and-white framed print of Jefferson Smith, the character played by Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It hung on my wall in the governor’s office in Juneau, and it hangs on my wall in Wasilla today.”

Introduction first sentence: “Do you love freedom?!”

Closing Paragraph: “It is our responsibility to preserve and pass on those beliefs. For there are beliefs that define us as Americans… And they are what make the citizens of this great country Americans—not by blood, or race, or creed, but by heart. May we always be so.”


Synopsis: Palin’s second book is a collection of her experiences traveling and speaking around the country, and her thoughts on unifying American values.

Publication Date: November 23, 2010

Number of Pages: 272

List Price: $25.99


Birthday Sentence: (2/11/64) 2+11+64 = pg. 77: “I guess the point of those signs was to make us grateful for the federal dollars Washington has decided to ‘give’ us, as if we didn’t understand that every dollar spent by Washington is a dollar that comes from us, the taxpayers, in the first place.”

Takeaway: America by Heart opens with a scene from an early tea party rally, setting the tone for the rest of the book. Palin argues that despite what the cynics say, there are key values and beliefs that unite and define Americans. She takes pot shots at President Obama while hitting all the conservative talking points, with chapters on military service, American exceptionalism, religion, and of course, “mama grizzlies.”


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