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On his first presidential visit to address the European nations, President Obama felt it necessary to apologize for America’s international power. He repeated that apology when visiting Latin America, and again to Muslims worldwide in an interview broadcast on Al-Arabiya television.

In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded. From the long-term decline of our manufacturing base, our laggard educational system that has left us without enough engineers, scientists, and other skilled professionals, our corrupted financial practices that led to the current crisis, and the crushing impact of entitlements on our future obligations, America is in debt, overtaxed, and unprepared for the challenges it must face. We need renewal: fresh ideas to cut through complicated problems and restore our strength.

Creative and bold, Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out-of-control spending on entitlements and health care, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war.

Most important, he calls for a new commitment to citizenship, a common cause we all share, rather than a laundry list of individual demands. Many of his solutions oppose President Obama’s policies, many also run counter to Republican thinking, but all have one strategic aim: to move America back to political and economic strength. Personal and dynamically-argued, No Apology is a call to action by a man who cares deeply about America’s history, its promise, and its future.

©2010 Mitt Romney (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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You can like this book without being a Republican.

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.

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Very Entertaining-a REAL Surprise

If you could sum up No Apology in three words, what would they be?

EntertainingInformativeInspiring

Who was your favorite character and why?

Romey the worker.

Have you listened to any of Mitt Romney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when ever he talked about making things work. You have to work with what you have.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Chapter3 stretches facts, some of which are untrue

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!

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there IS a way to fix the economy!

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.

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Outstanding

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.

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what you need to know about how the world works

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.

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Great Policy Overview for this candidate

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.

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12 Hour Research Paper

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.

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America: Noble Past & Bright Future

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.

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Impressive

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.

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  • 11-26-20

In 2020, this is a vision of an America that could have been.

First off, I’m Scottish. Second off, I consider myself to centre-left politically. These two facts may have, at one point, made it seem as if I would have no interest in this book. Luckily, I listened to it anyway.

Romney is a towering figure in American politics. After reading this book, I can firmly say Mitt is the best president America never had. As a matter of fact, during my listening time I trailed off a bit to watch the presidential primaries and debates, in both 2008 and 2012, and although both the McCain and Romney campaigns had flaws, it’s hard to see those two races as anything other than a golden era before the GOP truly descended into the depths of right-wing populism. Romney describes in horrific detail many of the threats that came to the fore in the 2010s. Obama’s “the 1980s called, they want their foreign policy back” zinger, while iconic, has aged like milk.

In many respects, Mitt deconstructs the Trump platform years before it even existed in this book. Today, Trumpists call him a RINO. After reading this book, you’ll see that’s because he’s a principled politician with deep convictions that cover both social and economic policy.

Mitt is a businessman at heart and that really comes across in this book. He lays out statistics all the way through and convinces you of arguments because he’s finished making them. He’s also honest about his ideology and it’s shortcomings. Although he indulges in Democrat bashing now and then this book basically stands as a ringing endorsement of cross-party centrist cooperation. I watched the news the other day and saw Romney saying the exact same thing. He’s consistent, to say the least.

There’s murmurings Romney will run again in 2024. Why not? Biden gave it a go a fair few times and came up short repeatedly. He’s not a right-wing populist and that’s exactly why he could bring the GOP back together. I appreciate all the arguments contained in this book and none of them are incompatible with my own ideology - he might just get a few non-radical liberals on side too.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND to all political stripes.


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  • 09-27-16

A Heartfelt Story of American Exceptionalism

Mitt Romney tells a story of how the world needs a strong America - and how to maintain and rebuild that strength. As a non American I don't quite see the exceptionalism that he believes in, but I do see a thoughtful set of ideas and plans to achieve the goal of a "great" America.

His narration is solid and although the book is a little dry, he gives a lot of detail for his plans and reasoning.