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Unapologetically Brilliant

  • May 29, 2010
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I have to admit: I am not the biggest fan of books written by politicians that aim to serve their own agenda. Most of them are very programmatic and designed to put a positive spin on particular politician's agenda. They tend to be very self-serving and largely uninteresting. I was expecting something like that form this book as well, but to my great surprise this turned out to be an eminently readable and informative. Mitt Romney comes across as commanding all of the most important policy issues of the day, and it is clear from this book that he possesses both the experience and the erudition that is requisite for understanding the position and importance of the United States. As the very title suggests, he is unapologetically pro-American, as you would expect from any high-aiming politician in this country. And yet, he comes across as anything but an American chauvinist. He belongs to the school of thought in American foreign affairs that strongly believes that American involvement in the World is beneficial for both America and the World. At times when American leadership is viewed with suspicion, both by American international foes and erstwhile friends, and by political right and left at home, it is encouraging to see a politician of Romney's statue that speaks forcefully about a need for America to stand strong and keep being engaged.

In terms of domestic policy there have been a few eye-opening chapters. Romney is a big proponent of strong education, but unfortunately the present educational climate in the United States will likely thwart any hopes of reform. One of the most interesting tidbits of information in this book is the finding that, contrary to popular wisdom, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between the classroom size and the student performance. Likewise, the amount of money spent on education is also in and of itself completely irrelevant to the performance of schools. There are a few other very insightful topics in this book like this one. They show Romney the former consultant at his best - willing to listen to facts and numbers no matter how counterintuitive and unpopular they may be.

The sections and chapters on economic and business policy are particularly interesting. Romney is by far at his best when discussing economic and business issues. These days when these very issues dominate all the headlines it is important to be informed by people like Romney who can speak about them with authority and from decades of personal experience.

Overall, this is a very well written and engaging book, one that I was not willing to put down until I read through all of it. It has given me a new and deeper appreciation for Mitt Romney, especially in his intelligence and judgment when it comes to the most important issues of today. It is my hope that there will be an important place for Mitt Romney in American politics for years to come. America and the World need more people like him.

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August 07, 2010
A very fine review here. I considered reading this book and decided against it. Your review makes me reconsider my decision.
 
August 07, 2010
The issues that were discussed in this book were all issues important to me. Thanks for a good review.
 
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"Here is an accomplished executive in the private and public sectors who has done his homework. If he runs again for president in 2012, most of his agenda is on the record from the start."--The Washington Times
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ISBN-10: 0312609809
ISBN-13: 978-0312609801
Author: Mitt Romney
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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