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Editorial Reviews


"An indispensable Rubio guidebook... relentlessly fair and balanced" -- The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson writing in The Washington Post
"As Florida bureau chief for The Washington Post, Mr. Roig-Franzia knows the Miami fishbowl and the Tallahassee toilet. He serves up very good political journalism, the type of fare our republic needs in the political diet" -- David DesRosiers writing in the Washington Times
"Readers in search of an in-depth and unbiased look at the young, dynamic Republican senator from Florida will be rewarded by this well-researched biography... the writing here is crisp and the research thorough" -- Publisher's Weekly
"A terrific and timely book." - Julie Mason, host of the Sirius XM Radio "The Press Pool" on the POTUS - Politics of the USA channel
"A rewarding read, giving valuable insight into this young man
in a hurry." -- John Avlon, The Daily Beast 
"Excellent" ; "Nuanced" ; "Thoroughly reported" -- - Adam C. Smith, Tampa Bay Times


“A solid, well-written, anecdote-filled political biography.” Kirkus Reviews

“A penetrating look at a rising political star.” Booklist

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  • File Size: 15556 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BAD8HU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Manuel Roig-Franzia is the author of Simon and Schuster's "The Rise of Marco Rubio." ("El Ascenso de Marco Rubio" is the title of the Spanish-language edition.) Roig-Franzia is a writer in The Washington Post's Style section. He writes long-form pieces on a broad range of subjects, exploring politics, power and the culture of Washington, as well as profiling major political figures and authors.

In more than 11 years at The Post, Roig-Franzia has served as bureau chief in Miami for the National staff and in Mexico City for the Foreign staff. He's covered U.S. and international presidential campaigns, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake and more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina.

His wanderings have led him into the domain of drug cartels, down the streets of Havana and El Paso, into the food stalls of Mexico City markets and through the Everglades. He's been just as likely to find himself in a governor's office as strolling through the haze of barbecue smoke at "Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials" in Winnfield, La., where Catahoula hounds chase wild boars through a rodeo ring. Besides writing for the Style section and for the front page, Roig-Franzia frequently contributes pieces for the Sunday magazine, Food, Travel and Book Review sections.

Roig-Franzia came to The Post from The New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he wrote about the colorful, four-time governor, Edwin Edwards, and learned how to make a mean gumbo.

He is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, where he teaches reporting and writing. And he has served as a writer-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin.

He has a bachelor's in English literature from UCLA and a master's from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has served as writer-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin. He was born in Spain and grew up in Northern California.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting, intelligent, solid political biography of Marco Rubio as it tells the story of his life from where it all began to the United States Senate. A new version of the Rubio family history presents the experience he had with immigration, the passion he has for his family, supporters, and this country. From immigrant roots to moving up the political ladder one step at a time. A man with a major voice, proud to be an American and one who listens to the people on current issues that need positive solutions. Thought-provoking, inspiring, and Highly Recommended!
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In this carefully crafted study, Manuel Roig-Franzia provides the kind of expert documentation and historical context that any meaningful biography needs for it to have credibility. The research he did in this book is convincing for the reader who desires to have specificity to back up the narrative. Of course, this is political biography about an emerging figure who will help shape the future of the Republican Party, but it is also excellent cultural analysis of the circumstances that shaped Rubio himself as a person. This is a book about personal choices and social roots. It chronicles the unfolding career of a remarkably gifted politician. The story of Marco Rubio brings to mind the life of Barack Obama, another politician who has sought to understand the "dreams from his father," or in the case of Rubio, his grandfather. These dreams come from Cuba, not Africa, but they inspire and raise questions in a similar way. Roig-Franzia helps the reader sense both the intriguing similarities and critical differences that exist between the two men and their respective backgrounds. The author also makes the reader understand the contemporary political scene in the United States as an extension of deepening cultural diversity that is rearranging the way politics is played. He clarifies that this is a nation where, in the not too distant future, no one grouping will dominate. The rise of Marco Rubio in the context of Obama's America is a fascinating saga that has as much history to it as politics. With his narrative skills, Roig-Franzia gives us important insight into the significance of what that means now and for the future.
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Format: Paperback
First off, I rarely give five stars to anything, feeling that it dilutes the meaning of a review to constantly do so.

Mr Roig-Franzia is a respected and admired journalist who knows the quagmire of Miami politics better than anyone, and this account proves it. Do you want to understand the importance of local politics to the rise of Senator Rubio? This book fills that gap.

No other account provides the detail of Rubio's time on the Florida Legislature as this one and nothing else will help you navigate the shark infested waters that Rubio's controversies and faux pas can often be.

Only a one minor criticisms: I read the updated paperback version (with afterward) which mainly seemed to cover the now infamous Gang of Eight controversy. However, I almost got the sense that this section was rushed through, which is disappointing given the prominence thag this event plays in the Rubio narrative. There's a great deal of meat in the actual story but the account in this book is hurried through and appears to lack details from Rubio's perspective (which exist in other parts of the book.)

Overall, I highly reccomend this book if you care to actually understand the man who could be our next president. Most political biographies are either hit pieces or hagiography and this is one of the rare works that avoids being either.
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I was introduced to Mr. Rubio on one of the news shows on Fox. He presented himself so sincerely, smart and patriotic. He wanted a better America for everybody. He never spoke badly about anyone but concentrated on solving problems instead of making them worse. Once the interview was over I reseached him on the Internet. Once I saw that there were two books written about his life I ordered both of them. One was written by him and one was a biography. He continues to amaze me with his ideas on how our country can be greater than all it's parts if we all came together. You will never see or hear him putting down anyone running against him but only concentrates on the issues. Once you read his book you will see what I mean in his run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
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I grew up with Manuelito .... So proud of him! Shout out from EHS! We went to catechism together and his reflection on the Catholic Church truly speaks to the issues at hand.
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