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No Apology: The Case for American Greatness First Edition Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"No Apology" presents Romney's analysis of the world situation and many of his plans to restore American greatness. It is not an autobiography, a la Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, where the reader is "treated" to all the ups & downs of poor Barry's childhood and adolescence. "No Apology" is an analysis of the domestic and world situation, followed by plans to deal with the problems discovered. I suspect it is the sort of document Mitt Romney got used to creating as a top-tier consultant, then CEO, and then rescuer of the scandal-tainted Olympics in Salt Lake City.
He was successful at all these things, by the way, and most of his life has been executive experience, not counting the many hours of unpaid service to those in need or in trouble.
In short, the book is fairly heavy reading, though most people should be able to get through it pretty easily. It definitely answers the question of what Mitt Romney will do as President.
Very high recommendation indeed!
No Apology is equally divided between foreign policy and domestic agenda concerns. If you watched Mitt's appearance on The View, you know his top three concerns (aside from replacing the President, the Senate, and Congress!) are protecting the threatened American dream (including managing debt), making Medicare sustainable, and reforming education (hiring from the top third of our schools and paying higher starting salaries to this higher standard of teachers!) These concerns along with some specific prescriptions and creative ideas are major themes of his book.
Ultimately, this book is Mitt's humble and inspiring attempt to contribute to the conversation of what America should be. It's not about election or reelection, but doing what is right for our kids and grandkids, the real America.
If you're not sure what to think of Mitt, be sure to take your Amazon copy of No Apology to one of the stops on his book tour! This book is authentic Mitt, and those who understand the real problems America is facing would be crazy not to consider him for our next President.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do you wonder what life have been if Mitt Romney was president right now? In the book I read No Apology Mitt Romney explained things very clearly to me what his ultimate views were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Blum
Mitt Romney was the former governor of Massachusetts and a presidential candidate. This book is just like any other political manifesto. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C P Slayton
A great book with lots of info on our unfortunate current 2x elected but still a real loser,and traitorous backgrounder leader and his miserable policies and poor treatment of this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by diana b
This is a frank and genuine book, pointing in authoritative fashion to America’s enormous problems and opportunities. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John E. Wade II
If he had been this frank during the debates with President Obama, he would be the president and we would all be much better off.Published 9 months ago by Gary E. Barnhart