Sarah Palin book by Joe McGinniss due in September

Author lived next door to Sarah Palin in Wasilla while researching his book

 The fence between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lakeside home, rear, and the home being rented by author Joe McGinniss is seen Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep McGinniss _ who is writing a book about her _ from peering in. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)The fence between the Palin’s lakeside home, rear, and the home being rented by author Joe McGinniss is seen Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin is making good on a threat to build a fence around her Wasilla home to keep McGinniss _ who is writing a book about her _ from peering in. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)  (AP Photo)

(CBSNews) JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) A best-selling author accused of helping leak an unpublished tell-all on Sarah Palin is releasing his own book on the former Alaska governor this summer. lists a Sept. 20 release date for author Joe McGinniss’ “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.”

McGinniss, who wrote a magazine expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plans, made headlines last year when he moved next door to the Palins in Wasilla for about three months while researching the book. The move prompted complaints by Palin, who had the fence between their properties extended.

More recently, McGinniss has been accused of helping leak a draft of an unpublished tell-all by former Palin aide Frank Bailey. Details from the manuscript, entitled “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years,” garnered national attention last week following the leak to news outlets and Alaska political circles.

Dean Steinbeck, an attorney for Bailey and writers Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, alleged that McGinniss received a copy of the manuscript between Feb. 16 and Feb. 18. In a letter to McGinniss, he said the matter “appears to be no more than that of a jealous author sabotaging a competitor via unlawful and unscrupulous means.” A copy of the letter was posted on Devon’s blog.

The Anchorage Daily News has reported that it received copies of the manuscript from multiple sources, including McGinniss.

McGinniss’ attorney Dennis Holahan, in a letter to Steinbeck dated Tuesday, acknowledges that McGinniss sent a copy of the manuscript “to a few people and media outlets in Alaska, advising them that they should not reproduce any of the manuscript before contacting the authors for permission.”

Holahan said the manuscript McGinniss received by e-mail had already been widely disseminated within the publishing world. He said the book agent for Steinbeck’s clients, in sending the manuscript around, included no request for confidentiality. Holahan balked at any claim of copyright infringement or alleged attempt by McGinniss to derail a rival project.

 Mr. McGinniss is one of the top investigative journalists in the United States,” Holahan wrote in the letter, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press late Tuesday. “He does not waste time trying to eliminate the competition, especially in this case, where the competition does not appear to have the right to publish the material that forms the strongest appeal of the manuscript.”

The Alaska attorney general’s office is investigating an allegation by activist Andree McLeod that Bailey’s access to and possession of e-mails from Palin’s time as governor is a violation of state ethics rules. The executive ethics act bars current or former public officials from using information gained during the course of their work for personal gain if the information hasn’t been publicly disseminated. Morris has said that Bailey had thousands of e-mails from the Palins.

The state is reviewing Palin’s e-mails for an anticipated release in response to public records requests, including from news organizations and McLeod.

McGinniss is a best-selling author whose previous works include “The Selling of the President,” about the marketing of Richard Nixon.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Palin has a serpent's heart
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 09:56:16

    I’m still going to read both books. They should complement each other nicely. One is about Sarah the public figure (Bailey) and the other is about Sarah the private citizen (McGinness)


  2. AKLynne
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 10:00:38

    No question, I will read them all…tired as I am of SP. I definitely want to support the authors who took the time and trouble to write these books.


  3. Cheryl
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 11:31:17

    As long as their either on ebook or I can check them out of the library I will definitely read them.


  4. Name games
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 12:59:29

    Do we buy this douche bag’s book, or not? He sent Baily’s script out! I’ll buy it at half price or less– I do want to support him, but I don’t like him anymore.


    • jadez
      Mar 01, 2011 @ 13:31:34

      i guess you dont read the story you comment on or you just dont understand what you read.

      this you palin?


      • Name Games
        Mar 02, 2011 @ 10:43:19

        Nahhhhhh! Not the Palin, just me on very little sleep.

        “The Anchorage Daily News has reported that it received copies of the manuscript from multiple sources, including McGinniss.”

        I didn’t catch this. He still shouldn’t have sent anything out.

        I’ll buy a few copies, full price! We need to get these books up on the best sellers list!

    • Syrin
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 13:57:12

      Honestly… why would someone of Joe McGinniss’s reputation take the time to so called sabotage this book? They were all friends and spent alot of time together this summer…


  5. AFM
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 13:18:55

    I just read on People’s website that Bristol is going to write a book on her time with DWTS. LOL, She really is trying to get an extension on her 15 minutes.


  6. Syrin
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 21:06:14

    I have plans to buy many copies of this book as well as Bailey’s book. It’s really unfortunate that there are bad feelings surrounding these books and authors..
    There is always room in my library for informative and truthful books, especially those that reveal Palin…


  7. Just_a_Mote
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 06:31:56

    I agree. The internecine stuff diverts energy away from the goal of taking Palin down.


  8. Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:57:12

    I am looking forward to the day when the Biscuitbarrel Collection’s $P Shelf seems as remote as Watergate… ahhhhhh.


  9. akbatwoman
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 22:06:03

    Sorry, but I can think of no benign reason whatsoever for Joe McGinniss to send a copy of Bailey’s book out to any media outlet. I don’t care if he wasn’t the only one, he still did it.

    If he was truly trying to prevent the media from publishing any of it and protecting the authors, he would have sent out the warning, without the copy of the manuscript.

    I’ll buy Bailey’s but I’ll just read the Internet Excerpts of the McGinniss book, for free thank you.


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