The interminable 2008 presidential election may have finally dragged to a stop on November 4, but the historic nature of having a minority on each ticket guarantees that the election will be talked about for years to come. To that end, it's a good time to review the best biography of the first female Republican nominee for vice president. Kaylene Johnson's Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down is currently the most worthwhile book to read about Governor Sarah Palin's career for two reasons:
1. It was written before the Governor was selected by Senator John McCain, so it's free of the breathless hype or hammering that often accompanies stories about the former VP nominee these days, and
2. Johnson is a fellow Alaskan, who lives outside of Palin's hometown of Wasilla, and so has seen the political rise of the former VP nominee firsthand. Unlike the several other authors who jumped on the publishing bandwagon and came out with Palin books, including the February 2009 release of Trailblazer by People Magazine's assistant editor Lorenzo Benet ...
You can read the rest of my review here, which includes two other Palin biographies that focus on her religious life and her battle with oil companies.