I’m only part way through “Rogue” and I’ve only read excerpts from “Dreams”. This post is not a comparative review.

Palin had acknowledged help from Lynn Vincent.

There has been some speculation about how much involvement Obama had in the authorship of “Dreams”. While there is no admission that he had a ghost-writer or collaborator, suspicion has fallen on  William Ayres, a person of some literary talent, and a terrorist history that would make Osama bin Ladin proud. Here’s what some suspect:

But sorting through the more than 200 interviews Andersen says it took to create this book, he came to a startling conclusion: After Obama had to give up on a $150,000 Simon & Schuster contract because he couldn’t complete the manuscript, his sources were telling him Obama finally had to bring in a ghostwriter to put together his highly praised Dreams From My Father for Times Books. He had a million pieces of tape, pictures, memos, notes, and no manuscript.

And he was running out of time to deliver the book.

Nothing wrong so far. Few politicians can string a paragraph together without a ghostwriter.

These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers. “Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together,” another Hyde Park neighbor pointed out. “It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both.” In the end, Ayers’ contribution to Barack’sDreams From My Father would be significant – so much so that the book’s language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers’ own writing. Even the caveat at the beginning of Dreams, in which Barack points out that he uses invented dialogue, embellished facts, composite characters, inaccurate chronology, and pseudonyms to create an “approximation” of reality, resembles Ayers’ defense of the inaccuracies in his memoir Fugitive Days.

It would appear that it took Obama a long, long time to write his book and he probably had unacknowledged help from Ayers.

In contrast, Palin got her book written in the few short months between when she resigned the governorship and the announcement of the book. Yes, she had help, but the voice of the book is unmistakably Pain’s.

p.s. I haven’t finished “Rogue” because I don’t want to reach the end too soon .

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