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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230942
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There aren’t many people in America who have achieved as much as Marco has in his four decades. He is a rock-solid conservative, grounded by a foundation formed long ago. On that foundation, Marco has already built a shining career. But I suspect he is still building.”
—Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida
 
“His success is an affirmation of the sacrifices members of his parents’ generation made so that their children could have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream . . . He shows insight into his flaws, analyzes professional and personal mistakes, and extols the virtues of bipartisan cooperation.”
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“This is a classic of its genre.”
—Gillian Tett, Financial Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

MARCO RUBIO served in the Florida House of Represen­tatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; For­eign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.


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Marco Rubio is the real deal!!
Karen Hall
This is a great book for those who like political memoirs, and immigrant family with a made in America success stories.
Davemesaaaz
Marco Rubio is the man and will be Preisdent of this great country in the distant future!!!!!!
Corey15

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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Denis on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rubio's life's story is a must read for all Americans of multiple generations. He, the son of immigrants learned of the struggles his parents left in Cuba only to find new ones in America and raise an excellent son: a proud American. His experience of growing up in a community of new immigrants and political exiles taught him to appreciate this country much more than many multi-generation Americans. This book is that story.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful By storms on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"an american son" is very hard to put down it is a wonderful memoir that shows that hardwork family values and ethics and freedom and wisdom of ones father and grand father and hard word all pay off and these are the ideals that senator marco rubio took to heart all of his life which gave his life in law and football and school and in politics and in dealing with people such a success. this is a remarkable story of success he and his family left castros communist cuba and he rose to be a prominate success and one of the top leaders of the free world all from hard work and learning from his grandfathers and his fathers wisdom also recamended cant is not an option by nikki haley both books make great gift ideas for friends and family
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Davemesaaaz on June 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While many political autobiographies are just glorified stump speeches, this book is well written and heartfelt. A few things stood out to me. Many biographies they are 80% about the subject and 20% about his family and background. This book is closer to 50% about him and 50% about his family.

Being the son of Cuban immigrants you can see how tight his family was. When Rubio was 10 years old he supported Ted Kennedy for President in 1980 (spoiler alert). Over time you can see how Marco was influenced by his anti-communist Reagan Republican grandfather. You also get a strong sense of how difficult it is to try to balance family time with his career. How his political ambitions are colliding with his desire to be a traditional Dad, who is home every night for dinner.

Rubio's faith is varied. He was born Catholic, raised as a short time as a Mormon, came back to Catholicism and attends now Baptist church and Mass on Sundays. His faith is a critical part of his life. During the Senate campaign you can see how is faith sustained him. Rubio was down 30 points to a popular Governor. Marco had never run a statewide campaign before and early on his funding numbers were dark. Gov. Crist raised 4.3 million dollars and he raised $300,000 and the Republican party made the unusual steps of endorsing his opponent in the Primary. He thought that he would lose and lose badly. That the negative advertising would destroy him, his political career and that no one would want to hire an attorney with a destroyed reputation.

This is a great book for those who like political memoirs, and immigrant family with a made in America success stories.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Dan The Man on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I voted for Obama in 2008 only to be disappointed. Then I saw the Marco Rubio video "The Florida Dream" on youtube. I instantly followed his Senate run & his amazing political skills. Marco Rubio stands firmly in his principles & I have ordered this book but I missed out on the chance to meet him in Philadelphia! Ah! Oh well, Vice President Rubio & Romney-Rubio have a great ring to it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By W C Bauers on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rubio's book is as much a memoir about his rise in politics as it is a testament to his father and mother. One can only respect a family that legally immigrated to America, started over, and worked hard in menial jobs - bartender and maid - professions that many people might scoff at or see as beneath their abilities. Rubio's parents sacrificed their dreams for the sake of their children. Hard work, personality responsibility, and putting others first summarize Rubio's first principles.

The book chronicles Rubio's formative years, his faith journey, and his political philosophy. And while it's not a book about legal or illegal immigration, it certainly highlights how the American dream can work, and perhaps how it should work, too.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Marco Rubio tells his own inspiring story to the world in this endearing, thought-provoking memoir. He speaks of many issues that now confront this country with an increase in problems, but no solutions. Family values, ethics, freedom, and much more. He is a man with very much experience and past struggles, and because he walked on many tough roads, it was his Golden Key to success. A son of immigrants, who was taught to appreciate this country with respect. His life story is Remarkable, and so it his courage. Highly Recommended!
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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Corey15 on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Marco Rubio is the man and will be Preisdent of this great country in the distant future!!!!!! The left fears the man!!!!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By judyca on June 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I too saw the interview with Senator Rubio on Hannity today. I saw his beautiful family and I listened to him as he spoke in such a humble, intelligent manner. Not being from Florida, I didn't really know that much about him.

When the show was over, I instantly downloaded the book to my Kindle. I was not disappointed in the least. This man will someday lead our country and you can trust that he will never forget where he came from. His heart is pure and kind and he sincerely only wants the best for our nation. I was intrigued to know more about a man who at such a young age hung the Presidential Seal and a picture of Ronald Reagan over his bed.

I read "An American Son," in one day. I found it to be inspirational and heartwarming. It is an outstanding book. I encourage everyone to read it.

Don't let Tricky Nicky's ridiculous and ignorant review keep you away from it.
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