Palin's book, others feature a ghostwriter's touch





What do Sarah Palin and Bill Clinton have in common? Both are book authors but neither wrote their memoirs completely on their own.

Ghostwriter, collaborator, co-author. These sidekick writers go by many names, but they all serve the same purpose: to get the book finished. A true ghostwriter gets no public credit for the work but in reality there are varying degrees of involvement by these pinch writers.

With the announcement that Palin's memoir "Going Rogue: An America Life" is due out in November, conversation turned to who helped Palin write the book. Politico says it's Lynn Vincent, a writer for the conservative Christian World Magazine.

An autobiographer by proxy, if you will. Shocking? Not really. Most modern political memoirs have some kind of ghostwriter attached.

Ronald Reagan's "An American Life" is one famous example. When reviewing his autobiography, the conservative National Review said Reagan's "talented ghost" Robert Lindsey "captures his tone of voice perfectly." But he complained, it was "not the inside story."

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