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A Mormon in the White House?: 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney Hardcover – March 12, 2007
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First let me say that this is the third book by Hugh Hewitt that I have read. On occassion I listen to his radio show and view his blog, but neither of those rise to the level of his books. He books are well researched, well written and I believe are clearly from the heart. He believes what he writes and lets you know in his writing what he does not believe.
The first book of Mr. Hewitt I read was "In But Not Of", a book that every person with heart and a glimpse of faith should read, best before your thirty, good at any time (I gave copies to all of my early 20's kids). The second book I read was "Blog" which outlined the new media and its power in changing the location and the method of discussion of all issues in America.
Now comes "A Mormon in the White House". In a full disclosure environment I must note that at the sophisticated age of 12, I worked on the campaign of Governor George Romney in Flint, Michigan. I went door to door, gave out flyers, did paper work, and once, in a parade down South Saginaw I got a chance to meet the man and shake his hand, an experience I have not forgotten.
Much of Mr. Hewitt's book centers around the issue of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. Even when I was 12, faith was an important part of my life. I was baptised, confirmed and raised a Missouri Synod Lutheran and that speaks for itself. In my teenage years, I went to various kinds of churches, I knew God was real, but was curious as to how different people approached God, and how God approached them. I admit that in those days I did not visit a Mormon church, mostly by chance not by choice.Read more ›
From the meticulous picture of Romney's Mother Lenore to the savvy analysis demonstrating the angst that many conservatives have towards John McCain, Hewitt weaves facts and insights in a way that is both sympathetic and honest. The picture that emerges is not the fainting, fawning, flush that some detractors predicted. Rather, the famous chiseled chin (which Hewitt admits will be used for and against Romney) comes even more clearly into relief; wrinkles and all. And, from the interviews in the book, this seems just fine with Mitt.
"Hang a lantern on your problems..." a maxim that Romney cites in the book seems a savvy approach to both business and politics. Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, calls it "facing the brutal facts." No doubt this was something that Romney practiced in the private sector. It's also something that Hewitt employs throughout the book. Whether detailing the failures of George Romney's presidential bid or handicapping the Mormon issue for Romney 2.0, Hewitt pulls no punches pressing sons, associates and political pundits about Mitt's advantages and disadvantages in the 2008 race.
Admittedly, I'm a fan of Romney, but the book provided me with numerous angles and views I hadn't considered before. For example, in my mind Romney has always stood solidly in the spotlight, always providing the solo with some ragtag chorus as backup.Read more ›
Not including the Appendix, the book is 269 pages with 10 chapters. It is easy reading and is most compelling. The mainstream media would have us believe that Mitt Romney is purely an opportunist. My reading of this excellent book leads me to the opposite conclusion: That Romney may well be the only statesman among all politicians aiming at 2008.
My purpose in buying the book was to carefully study the man's character, as I think very few other traits in a leader matter more than his core character attributes. My conclusion from reading this book is that not only is Romney a highly principled leader, he is motivated chiefly by a long-standing family value or desire to serve others selflessly.
I join with Mr. Hewitt in stating that America may make a horrible mistake if she does not elect Mr. Romney as our next president.
My conclusion upon completing the book is that Romney's tremendous business experience, extraordinary CEO skills, principled leadership, and drive to attain the highest of goals imaginable place him well above all other candidates (as to qualifications) who seek power in the presidency. Since the DNC is doing everything in its power to assign trite labels to Mr. Romney, it is clear that they don't want anybody to read this book for the truth behind the man. In Romney, "What you see, is what you get."
I recommend this book as one of the best books on character and leadership that I have ever read and an outstanding addition to any library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Depiction of the man was right-on, but at least one of Romeny's ideas was a bit hokey: Are Palestinians unproductive because they are lazy? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Norm Solomon
NO... as theology experts agree time and time and time again, Mormons are NOT regarded as Christians. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Master Hahn
Hugh Hewitt is a very bright person. His interest in the LDS faith and one of its' more prominent members takes readers on a journey that seems destined for the White House from... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fred Fairclough Jr.
Nice history of Mitt Romney, but one must remember Hugh Hewitt is a campaigner writer in that he writes to campaign. Which is great, but keep this in mind.Published 23 months ago by J. A. Kunzler
Unfortunately, the United States didn't allow this man a chance to show what he could do.Published 24 months ago by George Morrison
What an interesting read; I learned so much about Mitt Romney. I have been a Mitt fan. Why? Because he is intelligent, thoughtful, a family man, decent, an excellent business... Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Marcia Reece #1 Bestselling author Secrets of the Marriage Mouse
I am a Mormon and this book is a wonderful book. My only disappointment is that Mitt Romney didn't win the election because I believe he could make a difference in the economy of... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by beehive99