Sarah Palin: The Inside Story

(CBS)
Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is one of the most polarizing figures in politics today. Love her or hate her, when Sarah Palin speaks, people pay attention.

New revelations about her life from the campaign that made her an overnight sensation are now coming to light in a new book, "Sarah from Alaska," jointly authored by CBS News' own Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe.

The book, based on the two authors' experience covering the campaign from within Palin's inner circle, shines a unique light on the new Republican superstar's meteoric rise.

Click here for an exclusive excerpt from "Sarah from Alaska"

Conroy tells CBS "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith that he and Walshe bore witness to a "remarkable internal war" between Palin's staff and that of her boss, former Presidential Candidate John McCain.

Walshe tells Smith that McCain's campaign leaders were "terrified that she would embarrass John McCain, even after the campaign had officially ended."

Another revelation in the book; the authors allege that Palin didn't tell her daughters she was running for vice president, instead leaving it to a staffer to deliver the news.

Walshe said Palin's claim that she had asked her family to vote on whether she should run, if chosen by McCain, came later, "after she already shook hands with John McCain and accepted that offer."

On Palin's much-publicized, top-dollar campaign wardrobe, Conroy and Walshe say the former Alaska governor was actually duped in some cases into wearing clothes she was uncomfortable in.

"People blamed her for all the spending that went on. But really, she was one of the only people in the room that said, hey, this stuff is too expensive," says Walshe.

  • Tucker Reals

    Tucker Reals is the CBSNews.com foreign editor, based at the CBS News London bureau.