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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451675453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451675450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Manuel Roig-Franzia 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.

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http://manuelroigfranzia.com/

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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Thought-provoking, inspiring, and Highly Recommended!
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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.
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This book just shows that just simply doing the right thing pays off!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald M. Johnson on January 8, 2013
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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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By J on March 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Southern Review on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
...... Señor Rubio speaks from both sides of his bilingual OILY BOCA.

¿Por qué apoyar a un hombre con un grasiento y engañosa boca?

On Monday, June 24, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a cloture motion (which ends debate) on the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Gang of Eight's horrifying illegal alien amnesty bill -

Mislabeled "immigration reform."

The true purpose of this amnesty proposal is to capture future votes for the Democratic Party.

Those who do not acknowledge that blatantly obvious fact either suffer from some debilitating mental illness or are working for the other side.

On rare occasions, even the Left admit the objective.

Eliseo Medina, the honorary Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, and International Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said in 2008:
...If we reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters.

Can you imagine if we have ...even two out of three, if we get 8 million new voters... we will create a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle.

The "governing coalition for the long term" refers of course to the "permanent progressive majority" Democrats have fantasized about for decades.

The number of illegals in this country is repeatedly cited as 11 million. This is almost certainly an underestimate. In reality the number is 20 to 30 million or more, according to a 2007 study in Social Contract.

Bear Stearns estimated about 20 million in 2005. When amnesty passed in 1986, official estimates were 1.2 million illegals. There were actually 2.7 million - more than double.
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