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“As a talented journalist, as a Mormon, and as a distant cousin, Ron Scott is able to skillfully pierce the carefully-crafted public image of Mitt Romney to provide a fascinating portrait of one of America’s most complicated political figures. The combination of dogged reporting, captivating writing, and familiarity with Romney’s background makes this insightful book required reading for anyone wanting to look beyond the Tin Man image of a man who could one day become president of the United States.”

—George E. Curry, Nationally syndicated columnist


“Ronald Scott comes at his biography of Mitt Romney from a slightly different direction: He’s known Romney for decades, since the Republican frontrunner was his stake president in Massachusetts. The result is honest, yet never a simple takedown. Through dogged reporting and his own personal recollections, Scott paints a broad-ranging portrait of Romney, from his college years through his missionary experience, his business triumphs and his time running both the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the state of Massachusetts. It’s a look at the ideals he adopted from his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, as well as where he steered his own politics in a different direction. The image that emerges, as is true of any well-studied individual’s life, is more complex than you might expect. Scott highlights the personality traits that simultaneously made Romney a success in the private and the public sector, and a difficult-to-embrace enigma for many potential voters.”

—Salt Lake City Weekly


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Mitt Romney takes a frank and revealing look at what makes Mitt the man tick, protraying him as more human than he often appears to be on the stump: his character and convictions, his words and actions, his flips and his flops, and his triumphs and setbacks. It also attempts to answer the question everyone is asking: Could a faithful Mormon really win his party’s nomination and then upset the popular, if now struggling, incumbent president, Barack Obama? Drawing on extensive research amassed over more than two decades, including interviews with people who know Romney best—allies and adversaries alike—this book paints a savvy, textured, and revealing portrait of the candidate, his history, family, religion, political beliefs, and strategy. It puts Mitt in context like no other book to date.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762779276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762779277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronald Bruce Scott is an American journalist and author. His biography of Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney --"Mitt Romney: An inside look at the man and his politics"-- was published in November 2011 by the Lyons Press imprint of Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, CT. The biography has received significant media attention and, in the process, Scott became a regular commentator on the 2012 Presidential Elections in The United States. He is a contributor to the "Cognoscenti" at WBUR, Boston Public Radio.

Scott's first novel -- "Closing Circles: Trapped in the Everlasting Mormon Moment"-- was released in late January 2012 by Gray Dog Press in Spokane, Washington. It tied into the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections.

The working titles and projected release dates of the remaining novels in what the author has characterized as the "Pratt Pentalogy" are as follows: "The Mending: A life too well remembered (late 2015); "Advancing Autonomy": A girl, her father and the rub of the green (2016);"Quad Pratt: Prince of New England, Lord of Star Valley" and "Leaving West Perish (2017)."

Born in Salt Lake City (October 4, 1945), the eldest of eight children, Scott was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England (1965-67). He studied journalism at the University of Utah while working as a reporter for both of the city's daily newspapers, "The Salt Lake Tribune" and "The Deseret News" (now "The Deseret Morning News"). He joined United Press International in 1970 before accepting a position with Time, Inc. in New York City, where he reported and wrote for all of its magazines "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Life" and "Money" and was part of the small start-up editorial team that founded successful People Magazine in 1974.

In 2013, after living more than 40 years in New England, Scott and his wife moved to San Francisco.

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J Zollinger on December 8, 2011
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Ron Scott has finished a 20 year project to report on the real MItt Romney. This comes at a perfect time. Millions of voters will be eager to know the would-be president of the U.S. and this insider's view has the indisputable validity the public deserves in a biography. While not written for political persuasion, the book outlines Romney's positions on the dominant issues facing american society and this in a time progression from 1993 ot the present. the flip flopper accusations are thus better understandable when firmly placed in context.

Not often do biographies furnish such complete information on the lives of the subjects close family members. This one does, probably to underscore the well known family solidarity and religious grounding of Romney and his LDS faith. Fortunately, this works since, to a person, no crazy ants emerge. The powerful influence of Mitt's father George, himself a past presidential aspirant, is apparent by tracing the father's values and basic political philosophy through the years of his son's youth and early manhood.

As I read a preliminary manuscript, my mind was primed to sort out any mormon historical inaccuracies and my affect alert to any strong biases the author may harbor due to a personal relationship with Romney. I was delighted to find the book well balanced and without any obvious slant in any respect. The quotations from a large swath of co-workers, clients, church members and family were representative of the true gamut of Romney's associations. I especially enjoyed the insight into Massachusetts Mormon social dynamics. That an "Organization of Mormons against Mitt" could exist ought to help blunt the stereotype of LDS monolithic political life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on June 29, 2012
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As an independent voter and a senior citizen, I knew it was time for me to read some "Romney" books now that he is the Republican presidential candidate and November is not far off. I chose this book to read on my Kindle Fire because it was so reasonable in price.

The author writes in great detail about the Mormon faith, the Romney ancestors and their Mormon influences, Mitt Romney's parents, his wife and children, and everything you could possibly want to know about him to date from the viewpoint of the author who is a distant cousin and obviously not part of the presidential campaign, in my opinion. Read the book and see what you think.

I recommend the book because it is so interesting learning about the Mormon faith, and how deeply involved Mitt Romney is within that church. The author seeks to portray all of Mitt Romney's virtues and faults so there will be no "surprises" between now and election day; so be prepared for surprises by reading this book first. The author really does give the reader an "inside" look based upon "Romney watching" for a couple of decades, interviews, and political research and his personal opinions fluctuate thruout the book between positive and negative.

This must be an unauthorized biography so I'll check out something written by Mitt Romney himself before November.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Roberts on March 27, 2013
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I voted for Mitt and I thought he would make a great president. I loved the book. He is definitely a first class American and an overall good guy. The book was well written and the content was good.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JimBob on January 8, 2012
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Ron Scott gives a brief, non-partisan overview of Mitt Romney's personal and professional life. His purpose is to figure out a man that can initially give off wrong impressions. Thus, Scott provides background on the Romney family going back several generations, the Mormon faith, and Romney's personal and professional work leading up to the beginning of the U.S. presidential primary season in mid-2011. We get to see glimpses of Romney, both good and bad: his rallying of fellow missionaries in France after a terrible tragedy; his seeming callousness in urging a hospitalized churchwoman to abstain from an abortion. We are also shown Romney's triumphs and failures: his rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; his defeat by Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994.

The book ends with a fast-paced recounting of Mitt Romney's 2007-2008 Presidential run and then the lead-up to 2012. Scott summarizes Romney's political positions and then gives his analysis on their sincerity and what he thinks Romney will actually do when in office. Scott does not shy away from revealing Romney's "flip-flops", but he sees it as a necessary evil in order to win an election before governing with competence and moderation. Scott makes a connection to Romney's father, former Governor George Romney of Michigan, who lost the 1968 Republican Presidential nomination due to his propensity to speak frankly.

Ron Scott admires Mitt Romney, but he does so with a clear view of the candidate's flaws and in spite of them. The book is neither an authoritative nor exhaustive biography. The reader should not expect to learn about Romney's childhood hobbies or what he was doing the day his firstborn came into this world. I personally would have liked to have learned more about his autodidact father and ambitious mother, and how they shaped and helped Romney through the years. Regardless, Scott's book seems to be the best available book on Mitt Romney's life at this time.
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