I have never voted Republican and I have no intention of voting for Mitt Romney but I like to read or listen to the books written by all the major political players. I feel that a book is the best way for a politician to get his/her true message out without being subject to 30 second sound bites. I have listened to many and more of these books. Mitt Romney's "No Apology" is the best of the bunch both for his excellent/personal reading of it and for the clear and concise way he states his political positions. I disagree with a lot of what he says but I have to give him credit for writing and reading an excellent book. If you are interested in American politics this book is worth reading regardless of your personal politics.
Romey the worker.
Yes, when ever he talked about making things work. You have to work with what you have.
Our current President had published two books-I read them both-before election day. I felt to be informed, I needed to read this book too. (I also like that the book was published well before the primary season when canidates morph.) It appears the choices will be between Obama and Romney. Romney is a problem solver. Listen to this book and get past the sound bites to what he thinks on a large variety of subjects.
At least it streches facts about international affairs with Putin's Russia that "never returns favors". Two examples from the book are untrue:
1. U.S. agreed to not install missiles in Poland (less than 400 miles from Russia! - unbelievable, think about the Cuban crisis in 1960s), in exchange for Russia not installing missiles in Kaliningrad (more than 4000 miles from the U.S.), i.e. this specific favor was returned generously
2. It was the U.S. side that stalled the negotiations on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty recently.
I wonder if the China and Iran arguments or facts may also be a bit exaggerated in any way for any reason, but I cannot comment on those.
Otherwise the book is extremely good at explaining the rationale behind the modern U.S. conservative position on important issues - I never understood them as fully as I do now. Very well done! Thank you!
Douglas R. Pratt is an author and audiobook narrator who lives on a nature preserve near Niagara Falls.
Highly recommended to anyone who cares about the country. If you don't think Romney should be President, fine...but after reading this you will certainly agree he should be Secretary of the Treasury. Political junkies might prefer to fast forward the biographical stuff and get straight to his plan to fix Social Security and Medicare. I listened to it twice because I didn't believe it could be done. After the "stimulus" and debt we've gotten, the country needs a turnaround artist. Romney knows how it's done. And the best part is, he doesn't have any ego or anything to prove; he sincerely loves this country and wants to help it. If you do too, listen.
If you believe in self-sufficiency, independence, accountability, a strong defense, a balanced budget and in keeping your rights, freedom and money and liked Atlas Shrugged, then you will enjoy this read. Yes, its academic, but its understandable and his points are well documented and true. Its a book for the productive citizens of America. If your a moocher or a looter... don't bother to read it, it will just confuse you.
Romney presents a powerful overview of numerous key issues at the root of problems facing America and the corresponding solutions dealing with our economy and personal prosperity, our national strength and worldwide influence, and overall American greatness. Romney highlights key issues and presents a conceptual framework for how to address these things. He clearly demonstrates a fundamental understanding of these critical issues and paints a picture of the type of thought process that is crucially needed in order to solve our greatest challenges and again be the world's symbol of people pioneering for peace, prosperity, and freedom.
Well written, and well read by Mitt Romney. His discussion of childhood family experiences and their impact on his compassionate conservative political views was enjoyable and enlightening. Anyone with a traditional Republican position on political goals for America will love this book as I did.
Go get em Mitt.
The content is really worth while, and I can see Romney's practical approach to our nation's problems being exactly what we need. With that said however, it's an incredibly dry listen and laid out like a college term paper. If you're anticipating a conservative "Audacity of Hope," then this is absolutely not your book. On the other hand, if you're taking an honest look at potential presidential candidates then, this is a worthwhile experience.
Agree or disagree, you will definitely understand Mr. Romney's political views and, more importantly, the reason he holds them. I highly recommend "No Apology" for the following reasons:
(1) It is clear, concise, and well written. There is no extra 'filler' to pad the pages.
(2) It provides an excellent overview of today's current affairs, both national and international.
(3) Multiple solutions are presented for many social issues. These solutions will cause you to think outside of the typical conservative or liberal box. (Although the solutions are generally conservative in nature, not all are.)
(4) Mr. Romney provides several brief synopsis of history to make some of his points. These historical summaries are very good.
(5) Finally, "No Apology" presents the nobility of America's past and presents hope for America's future. As the subtitle states, this excellent book makes the case for America's greatness.
Romney is very smart, has great experience as a business man and a leader. In the book he lays out major common sense policy initiatives. Impressive, unfortunately the USA will never benefit from his leadership in the oval office.