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The Rise of Marco Rubio by [Roig-Franzia, Manuel]
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“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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 15556 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BAD8HU
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By Author/Reviewer Geri 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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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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Format: Paperback
First off, I rarely give five stars to anything, feeling that it dilutes the meaning of a review to constantly do so.

Mr Roig-Franzia is a respected and admired journalist who knows the quagmire of Miami politics better than anyone, and this account proves it. Do you want to understand the importance of local politics to the rise of Senator Rubio? This book fills that gap.

No other account provides the detail of Rubio's time on the Florida Legislature as this one and nothing else will help you navigate the shark infested waters that Rubio's controversies and faux pas can often be.

Only a one minor criticisms: I read the updated paperback version (with afterward) which mainly seemed to cover the now infamous Gang of Eight controversy. However, I almost got the sense that this section was rushed through, which is disappointing given the prominence thag this event plays in the Rubio narrative. There's a great deal of meat in the actual story but the account in this book is hurried through and appears to lack details from Rubio's perspective (which exist in other parts of the book.)

Overall, I highly reccomend this book if you care to actually understand the man who could be our next president. Most political biographies are either hit pieces or hagiography and this is one of the rare works that avoids being either.
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I was introduced to Mr. Rubio on one of the news shows on Fox. He presented himself so sincerely, smart and patriotic. He wanted a better America for everybody. He never spoke badly about anyone but concentrated on solving problems instead of making them worse. Once the interview was over I reseached him on the Internet. Once I saw that there were two books written about his life I ordered both of them. One was written by him and one was a biography. 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. You will never see or hear him putting down anyone running against him but only concentrates on the issues. Once you read his book you will see what I mean in his run for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
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This book just shows that just simply doing the right thing pays off! I bought this for my son who is graduating college in Spring of 2013.
I recommend it as a gift for anyone, but especially the young adults, who are our future!
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