Survivor: Alaska

Sarah Palin turned campaign 2008 into reality TV. Now she's trying to launch a second act in the media

Illustration by Francisco Caceres for TIME

"You don't need a title to make a difference," declared Sarah Palin on Oprah Winfrey. Well, yes and no. Palin resigned as governor of Alaska last summer, but she came with a title: Going Rogue, the title of her new political calling card, autobiography and score settler.

Palin's quote was apt, though, in that her weeklong media blitz seemed to be testing the waters for a new kind of public influence, one outside the politics-as-usual path of "holding office" and "governing" and "finishing your term." And if it meant going through the mainstream media--which Going Rogue calls "in many respects, worthless...

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