A Mormon in the White House?: Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney

A Mormon in the White House?: Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney

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by Hugh Hewitt, Lloyd James
     
 

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According to author and radio personality Hewitt, Mitt Romney-billionaire venture capitalist, consummate family man, gifted and media-savvy politician-would be unstoppable in the coming presidential race were it not for one niggling line on his resumé: he's a Mormon. In this unashamedly partisan volume, Hewitt attempts to refute the claim that no Mormon…  See more details below

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According to author and radio personality Hewitt, Mitt Romney-billionaire venture capitalist, consummate family man, gifted and media-savvy politician-would be unstoppable in the coming presidential race were it not for one niggling line on his resumé: he's a Mormon. In this unashamedly partisan volume, Hewitt attempts to refute the claim that no Mormon could get elected President (along with any other claim that might be made against Romney) while analyzing the former Massachusetts governor's biography and burnishing his conservative and leadership credentials. Hewitt is an agreeable, if inelegant, writer, wise enough to take detours (such as an edifying primer on Mormon history and thought) that stave off tedium. He spends far more time extolling Romney than excoriating his Republican and Democratic opponents. This is an efficient and effective exercise in political hagiography.

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Hugh Hewitt
… Hewitt is often astute about examining the "Mormon issue" from a range of angles, including a pointed warning that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) might resort to anti-Mormon bigotry if he became desperate. Hewitt also quotes an evangelical Protestant religion professor who claims that voting for a Mormon president "could be a sin." Hewitt warns mainstream Christians that this sort of anti-Mormon rhetoric could backfire someday if one of their own seeks office and faces assaults from secularists. Nor does he target only Romney's foes on the right; he quotes secular writers who've criticized the rationality of Romney's faith and argues that such attacks are un-American.
— The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786168194
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 CDs
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Lloyd James hails from the Midwest. He received his B.A. in theater from a small liberal-arts college in New Mexico. He acts in the theater when his schedule permits and spends much of his free time working in his garden. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son.

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A Mormon in the White House?: Ten Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author is making an argument that Mitt Romney's religious beliefs should not be a detriment to his political career. The book provides a scattershot overview of Romney's background, beliefs, and political career. Romney has an impressive background and some qualities that will atttact voters to his campaign. I found about half the book interesting but the author is mostly a cheerleader instead of an even-handed biographer. Also, the writing style was sometimes hard to follow as he mixes in political jargon and events that only political junkies would know 'or care' about. Recommended, but if you are interested in Romney, you'll want to know more about his religious and political beliefs.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree, s long as they arnt mixing politics and thier religon im fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether mormon, catholic or protestant;, white or black should not be a deciding factor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains an outstanding review of Romney's successful career. The author includes interesting biographical detail and insight.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
In early 2007 California Law professor and syndicated radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt issued A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? 10 THINGS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MITT ROMNEY. Romney (born 1947) had just finished his single term as Governor of Massachusetts and had announced a Presidential run. Hewitt argues two theses: (1) Mitt Romney's 60 years of experiences and achievements qualified him to be a good President but (2) Romney's active membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would cause many Americans to withhold support. *** As biography, Hewitt located his subject in a thoroughly Mormon family one of whose ancestors had migrated from England to follow young prophet Joseph Smith while others trekked west to Salt Lake City, migrated to Mexico to found a polygamous community then returned to Utah. The Romney men and women had been toughened by persecution and overcome many challenges. Mitt's father, Mexico-born George W. Romney had turned around American Motors, been thrice elected Governor of Michigan, had run unsucessfully for President and was next a Nixon Cabinet member. Mitt's mother Lenore once ran for the U.S. Senate. Young Mitt participated in some of his father's political campaigns and imbibed from both parents a strong sense of an obligation to public service. *** We see Mitt Romney as relentless in pursuit of every goal he sets, beginning with courtship of wife Ann. The couple has five grown sons. *** Beyond family and 2 1/2 years of Mormon missionary activity in France (including preliminary immersion in French), Willard Mitt Romney's hard-wired thought processes in 2007 are portrayed as growing out of his double doctorate at Harvard in law and business (immersion in two types of "case study") followed by apprentice and executive years first at Boston global management consultant firm Bain & Company and then at the related company he founded and led, Bain Capital. By the time he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney had embraced "the Bain Way" of turning troubled companies around, making them profitable, investing in them and making a great deal of money for himself and shareholders. He had earlier (1999 - 2002) honed those business skills in turning around the scandal-plagued, financially floundering 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Hugh Hewitt forcefully flags Romney's own account of organizing the 2002 Olympics in his book of 2004, TURNAROUND. *** It is clear from TURNAROUND that the ideas of his old boss Bill Bain and "the Bain Way" had long been embedded in Romney's professional DNA. Had he won the White House in 2008, he would have faced his greatest economic challenge to date in the wake of the collapse of Lehman brothers. Out would surely have come the Bain Way and its vaunted "Strategic Audit" approach to solving complex problems. *** Hewitt also argues that being a Mormon does not disqualify for the Presidency, any more than being a Free Mason (Washington), agnostic (Jefferson) or member of no church (Lincoln) ever did. But a sizeable minority pocket of Americans say they would never vote for a Mormon. *** Hewitt's perhaps overly long, notably rah rah pro Romney book is not at all a bad introduction to Mitt Romney, his family, his Mormon faith and his acquired competencies. It is still relevant in 2012 as Mitt Romney rides again in pursuit of the White House. -OOO-