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Millionaire Republican: Why Rich Republicans Get Rich--and How You Can Too! Hardcover – October 6, 2005

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Root, author of The Zen of Gambling, has made millions as a television sports-betting handicapper. This chest-thumping political screed-cum motivational tract systematizes that accomplishment into "The 18 Republican Secrets of Mega-Wealth and Unlimited Success"-a hodgepodge of self-help nostrums about positive thinking, clean living and the centrality of salesmanship to all human achievement, with a smattering of financial opportunism. (Secret #3 is "Own Real Estate in International Tax Havens.") But Root also aspires to public office, so he devotes most of the book to partisan vitriol. Republicans, he asserts, are "daring risk-takers" whose "ambition, drive, vision, courage, confidence and commitment" prompts them to start businesses and enter the "Investor Class." Democrats, deluded by "corrupt, soulless" liberals, prefer a "'safe' (but mediocre) paycheck" to the challenge of entrepreneurship and therefore lead "lives of despair...working in jobs they hate for bosses they despise...dependent on Big Brother" and are reduced to "complaining, whining, attending protests" and taxing Republicans. Throughout, the author seethes with class resentment against the even wealthier "spoiled-brat trust-fund crowd," who supposedly advocate high taxes on the rich to keep others from becoming rich. Root is rarely coherent or engaging; the book feels like an infomercial harangue interspersed with the sort of off-the-wall rant you would expect if you asked your bookie for his political philosophy. In it, one can make out the tenets of contemporary casino capitalism: the risk-taking investor is the hero of the economy, wage labor is a dead-end for suckers and the millionaire is the champion of the little guy against the elitists. Never mind liberal democrats; Republicans themselves may cringe at this ugly, fatuous rendering of their world-view.
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...Root outlines the Republican principles that can help even some educable Democrats achieve their dreams of wealth. -- Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host

Millionaire Republican is Chicken Soup for the Soul of the Republican Party...Root makes you proud to be a Republican again! -- The Honorable Jack Kemp

It doesn't matter if you're...Republican or...Democrat. Everyone wants to make it in America. Millionaire Republican shows you how. -- Ari Fleischer, former Bush White House Press Secretary and bestselling author of Taking Heat

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585424307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585424306
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hogan VINE VOICE on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wayne Root is brash. He is obviously pondering a run in politics. The title annoys me. The standing on the car thing is goofy.

Now let's talk about the book.

Wayne Root gets it.

Ownership. It's all about ownership and moving away from government dependence. Someone finally stands up and points out the obvious about privatized Social Security. There is no choice.

Realism. Does Wayne Root tell you, "Oh it's so easy becoming a millionaire....."?? was all the other books. Root tells you the truth. It's hard work. It's really worth it. His early life story and rise to wealth resonate with my experience. Failure after failure and refusing to quit. Always doing what the average guy won't. He went for what he loved and he got it. That's real.

Metaphor: His metaphor of taking 19 people out to lunch every week for the rest of your life and them expecting you to pay because you work hard and earn more money than they work smart and wonderful. It shows the clear divide between those who are in-dependent and those who feel they are entitled to eat off the plates of those who are independent.

His discussion on taxes is well done. His analysis of the current political situation. (Crummy democratic candidates for President coming in the next few elections...vs. a generally better group of Conservative options including McCain and Rice.

I'm a Libertarian. I'm sick of the whole Red Blue thing, but Root creates a powerful argument for moving to a Red state. More jobs are being created there, more people are moving to Red and from the Blue...

He points out a fascinating statistic that 81% of all counties in America voted for Bush over Kerry.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By goodie2shoes on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was worried this book would be all about politics, but it wasn't. I have read many books on positive thinking and how to make money, but none of them have ever taught me as much as Millionaire Republican has. This book teaches us how we can actually succeed and make money in the real world. It should be taught in schools, our children need to learn these valuable life skills.

I wish this book had been around when I was twenty years old! I give this the best possible rating. I would recomend it to anyone and everyone!
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Block on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong Democrat and a woman who owns a home in what I affectionately call "The People's Republic of Santa Fe", this is not a book I would have ever picked up. A friend, however, gave it to me and insisted it was important I read it. He told me that once I got past the name and cover I wouldn't put it down. My friend was right. The message of personal responsibility, limited government, and owning real estate is presented in a straightforward and powerful method. After everything that has been happening in the US and the world recently, it is so clear to me that we are not entitled to personal babysitters. If Republicans would have presented their political platform and policies as clearly and logically as Root, they might have had my vote long ago. There's still no way I would ever vote for "W", but I am certainly going to listen much closer to political candidates and vote for those, regardless of party, who support the message Wayne Root so powerfully outlines in this MUST READ book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eric M. Epstein on November 1, 2005
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This is not a get rich quick book. It is closer to a get rich slow book. Its greatest strength is that it it provides the reader with the mental outlook necessary to become wealthy. It also debunks the myth that somehow being poor is more noble than being rich. Wayne Root is not only unabashedly proud of his wealth, he thinks we should all be wealthy and he gives us a roadmap to help us get there. His inspirational story of self made success (after many admitted failures) is a "playbook" for others to emulate. His mantra that it doesn't matter if you get 99 "no's" as long as you get one "yes", is an advertisment for perhaps the single most important factor in becoming successful (at least in this humble reader's opinion)that is, persistance. As an attorney and small businessman, I found a treasure trove of useful advice. Mr. Root's common sense correlation of the Republican philosophy of free markets, economic growth, low taxes, and an ownership society, with the creation of wealth and success, may not be "politically correct", but it rings true. Most of all, the book was well written and an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FVC on December 14, 2005
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One of the better books I've read on acquiring wealth. Anyone who has a desire to be wealthy should read this book. Wayne accuralty points out that anyone with enough passion and desire can succeed regardless of where you start. There are practical steps (18) listed in the book that act as a guideline. Having many similar experiences myself (failure & success), what Waynes writes is very true if you want to succeed. Forget the critics (including those closet to you), read the book, and just do it! Final thought, only take advice from someone who's done it, Waynes done it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book really comes in two parts. The first half is on the Republican/Democrat split. The second part lists what he calls the '18 Republican Secrets.'

His analysis of the split in the political parties is most interesting. I always like to read peoples opinion of the future in such areas. What he says makes perfect sense. BUT - it's easy to predict the future, it's being right that's hard. Yes, the old Democratic coalition put together by Roosevelt of liberals, minorities, labor unions, big city machines isn't working so well any more. The Bush election also illustrates the changing influence of the south and west in terms of electoral vote. But you have to remember that Kerry got a lot of votes, they just didn't have them spread out in the right places. Further, presuming that the same coalition that worked for Bush will work for the nominee in the next election is a stretch. This is easy to check, we'll just wait another three years.

As for his 18 Republican Secrets, they make much more sense. Real estate has long been an excellent investment. Run your own business, working for a living won't make you rich. Your own business may fail, but consider that educational and move on.

Above all else, I found this book to be a fun read. It's fairly light and entertaining and especially humorous.
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