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*Includes Romney's 2012 political platform on health care, the economy, immigration, foreign policy, and social issues.*Includes pictures of Romney and important people in his life.*Includes an Online Bibliography for further reading.*includes a Table of Contents. "We have lost faith in government, not in just one party, not in just one house, but in government. It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington. It is what our country needs. It is what our people deserve. Mitt Romney, 2007In 2012, Americas first African-American president, Barack Obama, will be running for reelection against one of the least conventional Republican politicians the country has ever had. From his Mormon faith to his governorship of the very blue Massachusetts, Mitt Romney has left many on the right wondering whether he possesses the traditional conservative values that they deem necessary, even as he has spent two straight Republican primary seasons burnishing his conservative credentials. On the other side, Romneys political career and ideology have led to charges by Democrats that hes a flip-flopper who will take whichever side of an issue is politically expedient at the time. Throw in the fact that many Americans of all political stripes view his forthright and serious demeanor as overly wooden and not personable, the very opposite of a natural politician like Bill Clinton, and people unfamiliar with Romney and his career must certainly be left wondering how hes on the verge of becoming the next President of the United States. Yet the former governor does indeed stand on the precipice of history, in the midst of an election that everyone anticipates will be a nailbiter. 2012 is just the most recent chapter in the life of The Turnaround Artist, as he was known at Bain. In many ways, Romneys life and career have been a string of surprising successes. Dubbed a stiff, wooden politician, it was Mitts outgoing personality that won over childhood sweetheart and wife of 40+ years Ann Davies. A jocular prankster in high school, seriousness was instilled in Romney during a mission in France in which he was badly injured in a car crash, with the woman sitting next to him killed in the wreck. The best known parts of Romneys career have also been about turnarounds. After becoming a student at both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, Romney became a business superstar working as a consultant at Bain & Company, where he was dubbed the turnaround artist for helping failing businesses become industry titans. Romney also worked his turnaround magic for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, fixing a massive budget shortfall there and parlaying his good name into winning the governorship of Massachusetts. Since 2002, Romney has been at the forefront of state and national politics, with a governorship that he would term moderate and others would label controversial. Of course, the hallmark legislation was his health care plan, which he has forever been at pains to distinguish from Obamacare. After a fairly decent showing in the 2008 primaries, he managed to become and remain the frontrunner in the 2012 Republican primaries, when voters couldnt settle on a suitable conservative running to his right. As a result, Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination long before conservatives began to warm up to him.The Turnaround Artist: The Life and Career of Mitt Romney chronicles the life and career of the man who may be his countrys next president, but it also analyzes his platform for the 2012 election and looks ahead to see what the future may hold. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events in his life, you will learn about Mitt Romney like you never have before, in no time at all.

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