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No Apology: The Case for American Greatness [Kindle Edition]

Mitt Romney
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<p>On his first presidential visit to address the European nations, President Obama felt it necessary to apologize for America's international power. He repeated that apology when visiting Latin America, and again to Muslims worldwide in an interview broadcast on Al-Arabiya television.</p><p>
In <i>No Apology</i>, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world's. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded. From the long-term decline of our manufacturing base, our laggard educational system that has left us without enough engineers, scientists, and other skilled professionals, our corrupted financial practices that led to the current crisis, and the crushing impact of entitlements on our future obligations, America is in debt, overtaxed, and unprepared for the challenges it must face.</p><p>
We need renewal: fresh ideas to cut through complicated problems and restore our strength. Creative and bold, Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war. Most important, he calls for a new commitment to citizenship, a common cause we all share, rather than a laundry list of individual demands. Many of his solutions oppose President Obama's policies, many also run counter to Republican thinking, but all have one strategic aim: to move America back to political and economic strength. </p><p>
Personal and dynamically-argued, <i>No Apology</i> is a call to action by a man who cares deeply about America's history, its promise, and its future. </p><p>

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"Here is an accomplished executive in the private and public sectors who has done his homework. If he runs again for president in 2012, most of his agenda is on the record from the start."--The Washington Times

About the Author

Mitt Romney is an American businessman and former governor of Massachusetts. Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election. He first gained national recognition in 2002 as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035FZJ94
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Schmaltzy March 15, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
During the endless presidential debates of 2007-2008, Mitt Romney stood out from the Republican crowd. Here was the former governor of the Liberal state of Massachusetts, the man who, when campaigning in 1994 said he had been "An Independent during Reagan-Bush". A former pro-choice candidate, he now ran as a hyper conservative Republican. Romney seemed an opportunist in the best sense of the word - a moderate, pragmatic Republican dressing up as an ultra conservative. Among the Republicans who have a realistic chance of winning the 2012 nomination, Romney seems like the most appealing option. So, although I rarely read books by politicians, I ordered Romney's, curious to know what he's got to say.

Romney writes well, and manages to communicate complicated ideas intelligently. He has to walk a fine line between policy discussions and public appeals, and hits a good balance. The book is however frequently overly sentimental , especially when Romney goes into one of his periodic paeans to American brilliance, goodness, and beauty.

The best aspect of "No Apology" is Romney's discussion of the US economy and related issues such as health care and the environment. He skillfully makes the case for "creative destruction" (i.e. market competition) and free trade. I particularly liked his acknowledgement of the costs of free trade to workers who lose their jobs -Romney's descriptions of his encounters with laid-off people, recognizing the ill effects of unemployment on people's self worth and dignity, is genuinely moving. Romney actually makes his case not by ignoring the downside, but by weighing benefits against cost.
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222 of 300 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Mitt Romney Save America? March 2, 2010
The answer to that question is why most readers will bother buying, borrowing or reading this book by the former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 Presidential primary candidate. In this time of national and international recession the voters and affected non-voters around the world are looking for a leader who can actually solve the major emergencies facing America, Freedom and Capitalism itself.
As the grandson of American Immigrants whose family was run out of Mexico by Mexican revolutionaries angry with American Expatriates, Mitt grew up as part of a family that worked themselves up from desperate poverty to live the American Dream. His father worked as a wall plasterer while he supported his family and worked his way through college. He eventually earned his way into the presidency of American Motor Corporation (AMC) and bet his house (or at least the money he'd made from selling his home) on the successful development of the Rambler compact car. He later became three-time governor of Michigan.
Mitt grew up in a family that had strong core values and he discusses those core values throughout this book. This reviewer actually met most of Mitt's family including Gov. George Romney when Mitt ran an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in Massachusetts. The whole family was part of that campaign and the lessons they learned with that loss served Mitt well a few years when he successfully won election for the Governorship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Romney managed to do a good job managing that state even though he didn't have enough Republican legislative votes to uphold a veto and therefore had to reach across the aisle to the Democrats controlling the State House in order to accomplish his agenda.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A case well made April 7, 2010
I have read the book because a friend of mine bought it for me. I was open minded and searched out a lot of what Romney talked about. He presented the issues of our day honestly and with true facts. His solutions and ideas make sense. His point is that America has never prospered from trying to fit in with the world and we will only diminish in our ability and superior skills and strengths if the current course of downsizing is continued. Its a good read.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The World is a Safer Place When America is Strong" April 21, 2010
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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney begins his book with a review of the role played by the United States in world affairs. Of the four current contenders for superpower status--America, Russia, China and extreme fundamentalist Islam--only America takes a respectful stance toward other nations and peoples. The American approach is based on harmonious principles of political and economic freedom. Considering the aid we have given, the wars we have fought, and the territory we have returned to our former enemies, Romney urges pride instead of apology. He believes that a strong American is not only good for Americans; it is good for the world.

In the rest of the book, Romney discusses foreign policy, the economy, entitlement programs, health care, education, energy policy and the unique strengths of American culture. Often citing examples from his experience in Massachusetts, he recommends changes in policies and laws that he believes will build America's strength. The book's Epilogue is a helpful summary, briefly restating 64 action items for a stronger America. Among them:

- Stop the trillion-dollar deficits, and spend only what we have.
- Reform entitlements to make them sustainable and to honor all of the promises that have been made to our seniors.
- Increase our investment in science and basic research.
- Reform immigration to attract and retain talent, simplify the legal processes and end illegal immigration.
- Let states craft their own programs to insure the uninsured.
- Establish a comprehensive energy security plan--a "no regrets" plan"--that frees us from dependence on oil oligopolists and that reduces our emissions of greenhouse gases.
- Stand by our allies and friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading.
Describes his faith and the man who wants to be president. After reading it I trust him very much. Think he would make a good commander in chief
Published 15 days ago by Stephen Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks! just as stated. Looking forward to doing it again.
Published 22 days ago by Donald Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars We should all be required to read a biography on ...
We should all be required to read a biography on someone we intend to vote for. How would the election have been different in 2012 if more people had really known who this man was... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Julie Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Had to buy this for a class. Not a huge Romney fan, to say the least.
Published 1 month ago by Boots
5.0 out of 5 stars The thinking man's handbook for survival in the 21st century ...
The thinking man's handbook for survival in the 21st century! I only hope he will revise and update for 2016. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allan V. Convey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great tragedies in world history that this man wasn't elected in 2012.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by THOMAS W CORRICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like Mitt. We need more leaders that do what they say and stand by their decisions.
Published 2 months ago by Rick Voss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and regret we didn't have someone like Romney ...
Great book and regret we didn't have someone like Romney who has morals and would have been able to improve our country's employment numbers and economy!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Viv in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He defines the problems and offers clear to understand solutions.
Published 3 months ago by horace j bacon
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Mitt Romney is an American businessman and former Governor of Massachusetts. Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election.

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