Journalists' Book Offers New Look at Sarah Palin

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Two books about Sarah Palin out this month will reveal behind-the-scenes information about the former vice presidential candidate and the McCain-Palin campaign.

One of the books, Sarah from Alaska gives the perspectives of reporters Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe - who were embedded with the campaign.

More than Meets the Eye

"I think people tend to project their own preconceptions onto Sarah Palin," co-author Conroy said. "She is not someone you can pigeon hole and say she is this or that. She is a complex person just like anyone."

The book clarifies some of the tensions between Palin and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and their staffers.

On election night, for instance, Palin was fighting to be heard.

"It's very clear that Sarah Palin wanted to give a concession speech," Conroy said. "She really wanted to say McCain was a hero and she was proud to run a great campaign with him. But she also wanted to get a few more words in."

In their book, Conroy and Walshe say McCain finally made it clear she would be quiet.

What was she going to say?

Palin would have praised candidate Barack Obama, saying if he governs with "the skill and grace we have often seen we're gonna be just fine."

Tensions between McCain and Palin staffers that night were high.

When she took pictures onstage with her family after McCain's speech, his staffers feared she'd take the mike.

"There was such brutal tension between McCain and Palin staff, they didn't trust her to go up there and didn't believe that she was going to take pictures," co-author Walshe said.

The authors also took on Palin's fashion critics. They say she was one of the few on the campaign who was concerned about the price tags on her clothes.

Palin's own book Going Rogue hits the bookstands November 17 with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. Sarah from Alaska has just been released.

*Originally published November 6, 2009

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