"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.
“The definitive account of the senator’s career.” --The New Republic
"[The Rise of Marco Rubio] will be an indispensable Rubio guidebook for the amateur political junkie as well as the pundit cramming for a quick hit on cable. Roig-Franzia is relentlessly balanced and fair.” --Washington Post
“A rewarding read, giving valuable insight into this young man in a hurry.” --The Daily Beast
“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.” --The Washington Times
“Roig-Franzia deftly constructs a compelling, readable narrative of Rubio’s life and career. More important, he does an outstanding job placing that life in historical context—both American and Cuban. His depiction of south Florida’s Cuban community is particularly engrossing, and leaves the reader with a sense of why that community is unique among American Latinos, especially in its political attachment to the Republican party.” --The National Review
“[The Rise of Marco Rubio] has reshaped the public’s understanding of Rubio, his family and their immigration experience.” --The Huffington Post
“Excellent . . . nuanced . . . thoroughly reported.” --Tampa Bay Times
“For the reader who is interested in politics or intrigued by Marco Rubio and his rapid rise in politics, this book gives a rare, fascinating and objective glimpse into his life. . . . Roig-Franzia’s writing is flawless.” --Reforma
"[Roig-Franzia is an] excellent storyteller… entertaining and incisive.” --El Tiempo Latino
“A terrific and timely book.” --Julie Mason, host of "The Press Pool" on Siriux XM Radio
“A solid unbiased biography by an investigative journalist who seems to respect--but certainly does not idolize--Senator Rubio… this book provides a clear picture of Rubio’s policy stances as well as his political appeal.” --Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, OntheIssues.org
“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.” --Publishers Weekly
“A penetrating look at a rising political star.” —Booklist
“A solid, well-written, anecdote-filled political biography.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Manuel Roig-Franzia was born in Spain and is a writer for The Washington Post 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. He’s covered US and international presidential campaigns, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, and more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina. Visit him at ManuelRoigFranzia.com.
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