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What Mitt Romney has said on numerous topics
on September 2, 2012
I need to say first that this book is not what I expected based on the title. What I was expecting was a collection of speeches and writings by Mitt Romney. But "Mitt Romney in His Own Words" is both less and more than that.
It consists of numerous short snippets -- usually just a few sentences -- pulled from Romney's speeches, interviews, and debates (plus a few things he has in print), arranged topically. Thus, under the heading "Israel," we have two quotations, each about 40 words long, one from a press release on May 18, 2011, and the other from a Dec. 7, 2011, speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition.
The book is well organized, with the individual topics grouped thematically into seven chapters and arranged alphabetically within each chapter. In the Kindle edition, each individual topic is linked from the table of contents, so that if you want to read what he's said about, e.g., the flat tax, you can easily go straight there. The source and date of each quotation is provided immediately after it. (Most are from within the past six years.)
The approach seems to be very evenhanded. Grammatical flubs in quotations have not been cleaned up, aside from the insertion of a word now and then in brackets when necessary for comprehension. Also, on occasion, a short introduction to a quotation is provided, to put it in context. When, on a few topics, Romney has said seemingly inconsistent things, the author lets the quotations speak for themselves.
One further point: The product description says the print version is 224 pages long. That's a bit misleading, because the print version contains a lot of white space. This book can be comfortably read straight through in one or two sittings.