"Excellent... nuanced... It's a complex tale thoroughly reported to the point that Roig-Franzia dug up a 50-year-old recording of the immigration hearing of Rubio's grandfather, nearly deported from America a decade before Rubio was born," The Tampa Bay Times, Adam C. Smith.
"Roig-Franzia's unauthorized biography paints a picture of a politician torn between the overtures expected of a Hispanic politician and the demands of a conservative base that made him its darling," the Washington Post
."Roig-Franzia penned "The Rise of Marco Rubio," the Rubio biography slated for release in June that made public a new version of the Rubio family history. The revelation marks the second time that the reporter has reshaped the public's understanding of Rubio, his family and their immigration experience," Huffington Post.
"An indispensable Rubio guidebook... relentlessly fair and balanced," The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson
"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 solid, well-written, anecdote-filled political biography.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A penetrating look at a rising political star.” —Booklist
About the Author
is a writer in The Washington Post
’s Style section. His long-form articles span a broad range of subjects, including politics, power and the culture of Washington, as well as profiling major political figures and authors.
Roig-Franzia has also served as bureau chief in Miami for the Post
's 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.
Roig-Franzia was born in Spain and 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. Visit him at ManuelRoigFranzia.com.