'Rogue' Palin memoir shoots to top of Amazon list

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Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list Thursday even before being published.

The book is due to be released November 17 by HarperCollins.

However, early orders were already enough for the title to top the online book selling giant's list, ahead of a polemic by conservative media personality Glenn Beck and Dan Brown's latest thriller.

Palin, who recently resigned as governor of Alaska, is a darling of the Republican right and seen as a potential challenger for the White House at the end of President Barack Obama's first term.

HarperCollins said this week that the book had been finished early so that it could make it into stores ahead of the Christmas holiday shopping season.

Palin turned in an uneven performance as vice-presidential candidate on John McCain's losing ticket in 2008, attracting ridicule for her ignorance about international affairs.

However, her folksy style and strong conservative views have made her a potent figure in the burgeoning anti-Obama opposition movement.

Palin's memoir is followed on the Amazon list by Beck's "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government," Brown's "The Lost Symbol," and a how-to book titled "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It."