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By Michael Kranish, Scott Helman

“Absorbing and fair-minded.”
New York Times

“Romney’s tale in complete and transparent detail…fascinating in-depth stuff.”
Los Angeles Times

“A interesting tale [that] sheds subsequent gentle on an elusive subject.”
Boston Globe

Despite his political prominence, Mitt Romney continues to be an enigma to many in the United States. who's the fellow at the back of that sweep of darkish hair and the high-wattage smile? A savvy flesh presser or a person who will easily say something to win? A enterprise visionary or a ruthless dealmaker? during this definitive, unflinching, and widely-acclaimed biography by means of Boston Globe investigative journalists Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, readers will ultimately observe the true Mitt Romney. according to countless numbers of interviews and greater than 5 years of reporting, The actual Romney bargains for the first actual time an entire knowing of this advanced political figure.

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The Salt Lake Organizing Committee, swept up in a tradition of corruption that permeated the high-stakes foreign festival to get the video games, had embarrassed itself and the country of Utah by means of lavishing presents on foreign Olympics executives. The disgrace of the scandal—in which ten contributors of the foreign Olympic Committee had resigned or been expelled for accepting presents from the Salt Lake committee—had despatched company sponsors fleeing, leaving the funds for the video games woefully underfunded. family among the foreign and U. S. Olympic committees deteriorated badly. Morale between Salt Lake staffers nose-dived. the contest may cross on; there has been no doubt approximately that, with 3 years to head sooner than the video games have been set to start. yet there has been a palpable experience of peril, quite between important supporters and sponsors. The video games wanted a turnaround artist, and speedy. Utah’s political elite introduced an pressing look for a pace-setter who might revive their flickering Olympic flame. Robert Garff, the chairman of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, fast submitted Romney’s identify to Governor Michael Leavitt. Garff had identified Romney on the grounds that youth, their fathers having been shut pals on the grounds that that they had attended Latter-day Saints highschool in Salt Lake urban within the Nineteen Twenties. within the fifty years due to the fact Romney and Garff had first met at a kinfolk amassing, Garff had proven himself between Utah’s so much influential leaders through supporting to extend his father’s car empire, turning into speaker of the Utah condo of Representatives, and emerging to the higher echelons of the Mormon church. Romney’s personal ties to Utah ran deeper than his ancestral roots. After traveling the nation frequently as a baby, he and Ann had married on the Salt Lake urban temple, and he had graduated from BYU, the place of his sons have been enrolled as Utah ready for the Olympics. The Romneys had additionally simply outfitted a powerful mountainside retreat close to Park urban, at the aptly named emerging superstar Lane, thirty miles from the organizing committee’s place of work in downtown Salt Lake urban. To Garff, Romney used to be the right candidate, the “white knight” they so desperately wanted. “Mitt had his father’s aura, his mother’s beauty, his personal mind, and his wife’s aiding hand,” he stated. Romney additionally had a prepared experience of the Mormon hierarchy’s function in Utah’s social and political tradition. “It might were a catastrophe if we simply picked a stranger they usually didn’t comprehend the mores of this community,” Garff stated. the single different critical candidates—Jon Huntsman, Jr. , one among Utah’s so much famous and politically attached figures because the son of the billionaire industrialist Jon Huntsman; and Dave Checketts, the executive govt of Madison sq. Garden—were additionally Mormons with Utah roots. yet Garff sought after Romney. So did Leavitt. “I was once trying to find a businessman who had a very good political instinct,” Leavitt acknowledged. the more youthful Huntsman, then a best government of his father’s chemical conglomerate and a former U. S. ambassador to Singapore, grew upset with the quest technique in its ultimate days.

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