From Publishers Weekly
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 hostMillionaire 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