Sarah Palin Takes Aim at McCain Staffers in Upcoming Book

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's upcoming book is titled "Going Rogue," but the book might well be called "Payback Time."

ABC News was able to purchase a copy of the 413-page memoir on Friday. The book, which has been topping Amazon's lists for weeks now, is titled after a term Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign aides used to use to describe Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential pick, when she didn't follow directions. It was made famous by Tina Fey, who portrayed Palin on "Saturday Night Live."

In the book, Palin talks about everything from moose eyeballs to her love of books, how her faith helped guide her career and how just before McCain chose her as his running mate, she was growing "impatient" with politics.

The former Alaska governor calls McCain's aides all business, with "not a lot of camaraderie" and a "jaded aura" about some of them. She goes on to say that they kept her "all bottled up" from the news media.

VIDEO: Sarah Palin Takes Aim at McCain Staffers in Upcoming Book

Former McCain aides are already responding to that accusation.

McCain's former speechwriter Mark Salter told ABC News the campaign made a calculated decision on how to handle media.

"After we had been criticized in the press for a lack of disciplined messaging earlier in the campaign when we provided frequent and unscheduled access to the candidate, we felt it necessary to adopt the same deliberativeness and discipline employed by our opponents and rely less on impromptu press conferences with our traveling press, and more on interviews arranged in advance," he said.

The news that there was tension between the vice presidential candidate and McCain's aides is not new, but it is the first time Palin has admitted it openly.

VIDEO: Sarah Palins new book Going Rogue

In the book, which documents her experience as McCain's running mate, Palin recalls how she felt before the vice presidential debate in Philadelphia.

"Suddenly I felt like I was on thin ice," Palin says of the moment she realized the debate preparation was not going so well.

She tells the story of top aide Steve Schmidt suggesting the campaign fly in a nutritionist.

"He launched into a discussion of nutrition philosophy," Palin writes, "holding forth on the importance of carbohydrates to cognitive connections."

A source in the position to know says it was an uncomfortable discussion, but it was never about brain function. Aides were concerned that Palin had been dieting and losing too much weight, the source said.

Tune In: Barbara Walters sits down with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a five-part series which will begin airing on "Good Morning America" Nov. 17.

The former beauty queen also describes being saddled by the campaign with a $50,000 bill for the cost of vetting her as a vice presidential candidate.

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