Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics

by R. B. Scott

Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics

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The only independent biography of the candidate who would be President

The 2012 race for the White House is racing along at full tilt. Mitt Romney is widely assumed to be the front-runner for the Republican nominee. Question is, can he hold the lead? Ron Scott provides the first independent (unauthorized) biographical profile of the possible Republican nominee. Mitt Romney takes a frank and revealing look at what makes Mitt the man tick, more human than he often appears to be on the stump: his character, convictions, his words and actions, yes his flips and his flops too, and, his triumphs and setbacks. It also attempts to answer the question everyone is asking: Can a faithful Mormon really win his party’s nomination and then upset the popular if now struggling, incumbent President, Barack Obama? Drawing on extensive research amassed over more than two decades, including interviews with people who know him best — allies and adversaries alike — this book paints a savvy, textured, and revealing portrait of the candidate, his history, family, religion, political beliefs, and strategy. It will put Mitt in context like no other book to date.

“As a talented journalist, as a Mormon, and as a distant cousin, Ron Scott is able to skillfully pierce the carefully-crafted public image of Mitt Romney to provide a fascinating portrait of one of America’s most complicated political figures. The combination of dogged reporting, captivating writing, and familiarity with Romney’s background makes this insightful book required reading for anyone wanting to look beyond the Tin Man image of a man who could one day become president of the United States.” — George E. Curry, nationally syndicated columnist

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Finally, A Balanced Biography
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As a researcher on this book, I was constantly asked about the "slant" on this biography. Was it pro-romney or anti-romney? Would it make him more or less electable? I can tell you that Ron Scott did not have ANY agenda going in or coming out. He did not apologize for anything the governor may have done in his past but he did not attack him for the sake of attacking either. Personally, I do not think the book portrays Mitt positively or negatively but as human and all the complexities that come with that. The book if funny, intimate, fascinating, and sincere. You would truly be missing out if you do not read this book about the man who could become our next president.

Engaging look into the private life of Mitt Romney
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is written from the unique perspective of someone who knows, and has had access to, Mitt's social circle. The detail on Mitt the person and church leader is not likely to be duplicated in other biographies. Scott has established himself as the go to authority on Mitt Romney.

"A Broad-ranging portrait"
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

By Scott Renshaw
CITY Weekly
October 26,2011

Opportunistic biographies are a dime a dozen during a presidential election cycle, with journalists digging up historical dirt on various candidates. But Ronald Scott comes at his biography of Mitt Romney from a slightly different direction: He’s known Romney for decades, since the Republican frontrunner was his stake president in Massachusetts.

The result is honest, yet never a simple takedown. Through dogged reporting and his own personal recollections, Scott paints a broad-ranging portrait of Romney, from his college years through his missionary experience, his business triumphs and his time running both the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the state of Massachusetts. It’s a look at the ideals he adopted from his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, as well as where he steered his own politics in a different direction.

The image that emerges, as is true of any well-studied individual’s life, is more complex than you might expect. Scott highlights the personality traits that simultaneously made Romney a success in the private and the public sector, and a difficult-to-embrace enigma for many potential voters. Through one memorable anecdote—about an encounter with an officious park ranger that landed Romney in jail in 1981—Scott conveys an occasionally short-tempered man driven to straightforward solutions, yet not always savvy enough to read people well, or understand that his meticulous image-controlling can be seen as disingenuous. Join the author for a reading this week, and learn more than you already thought you knew about the man who would be president. (Scott Renshaw)

About the Author

R. B. Scott

Ronald B. Scott wrote for People, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated and Money. His work has appeared in USA Today, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Boston Globe, Salt Lake Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Scott was the first to raise the “flip flopping” issue in 2005 when Romney changed positions on abortion and gay rights.

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