Joe McGinniss's new book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, a copy of which was obtained by The Huffington Post, touts itself as "a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin," but the book's claims about Palin's supposed fling with college basketball star Glen Rice, and her alleged cocaine use (reportedly snorted from the top of an empty oil drum) -- suggest a decidedly low-brow approach.
Team Palin has pushed back against McGinniss's account, characterizing it as the product of an obsessive personal vendetta. (Watch McGinniss and Todd Palin discuss the book in the video below.)
"This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in right next door to us to harass us and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife," Todd Palin wrote of McGinniss. "His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears. Even The New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip.'"
So much for the soft sell. Soon Mr. McGinniss is settling in to enjoy the fuss his mere presence has created. “Normally, for a news story to continue beyond the first 24-hour news cycle, something newsworthy must occur,” he writes loftily, but “The Rogue” is filled with proof to the contrary. What was his hate mail like? He quotes it. What did Glenn Beck call him? That’s here too. Who took umbrage at this venom and chose to help him? One man offered him a hideout, despite Mr. McGinniss’s slight skepticism about his motives. “But you don’t know me,” Mr. McGinnis protested.
McGinniss's book doesn't have an index, but we've gone through and picked out some of his juciest claims. Take a look at the slideshow below and vote for your favorite.