Who Sarah Palin is
Newsweek summarizes what we know about Sarah Palin's political career:
In Juneau, Palin has given jobs to friends and appointed lobbyists to oversee industries they used to represent. There's nothing illegal about it—that's business as usual in politics. But part of Palin's appeal is that she markets herself as a reformer who fights against cronyism, when in fact her record shows her to be, in many ways, a typical politician who rewards her friends and punishes her enemies.
Also, Timothy Egan at the New York Times tells us about Palin's Alaska.