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No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,264 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Mar 30, 2010 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that Mitt Romney is a controversial figure in America today. Democrats attack him, Republicans are divided. Unlike so many other politicians, however, Romney has articulated his positions here in clear English. Politicians tend to be experts on what others think, yet amazingly vague on their own positions. Like him or not, Mitt has the courage to say what he thinks.

Romney applies the title “No Apology” throughout the book. While superficially a critique of Obama's Apology tour
Naomi V
Nov 06, 2012 Naomi V rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely nobody
all right, all right. i give! uncle! i can't read it anymore! make it stop!

i got about halfway through this and i just couldn't force myself to continue. in the very first chapter there's obvious obfuscation about his family. 'they fled to Mexico because of religious persecution.' (i'm paraphrasing.) that's all he said about it. doesn't mention that the persecution was because his great-grandfather was a polygamist, and the persecution they suffered was that completely unreasonable one woman-one
John Brown
Sep 30, 2012 John Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Political TV ads can be fun. And annoying.

Debates can be fun. And maddening.

You can indeed learn things about the candidates from watching the ads and debates. But fifteen and thirty second snippets of information really don’t give you the full picture. And sometimes they actually hide the facts, producing nothing more than informational smog.

Recently, I decided I wanted to really know what Mitt Romney thought. What he was about. What he hopes to accomplish if he wins the presidency. If Mitt was
Josh Steimle
Mar 07, 2012 Josh Steimle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've written my more in-depth review at, but to sum things up, I found the book horrifying. Yes, there are some things I agree with, but I find Romney's views on foreign policy uninformed and dangerous, his attitude toward other countries and peoples condescending, his apparent ignorance of natural law and individual rights frightening, and his trust in smart people being able to wield the power of government effectively....well, ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If anyone ever has a doubt as to Mitt Romney's presidential qualifications, experience, knowledge, intentions, and principles, s/he should read this book. I have never read such an insightful and inspiring book about America and the issues we face today. I wish it was required reading for every high schooler in America.

We've become jaded as a nation regarding America and politics in this country. Politicians who promise the world but fail to deliver has become the status quo. We accept that as
Warning: politics ahead!

I'm trying to read all of the major candidates' books before I vote next year and I started with Romney. I was impressed by the detailed level of his plans to improve the nation on several levels although it was a struggle to get through the first several chapters of the book on national security and defense - I'm more interested in social issues but appreciate his knowledge and detail and could trust him as an international leader. He really believes in America as the wo
Jul 02, 2011 Clyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational
I found this book very interesting as it educated me on many things in the world of government politics in which I felt my knowledge was lacking. Clearly this book is written from a Republican view, but it is not a democrat bashing work. In the book, Romney criticizes both parties, as well as the media, and other forces at currently work to weaken America and diminish productivity and thus economic growth. Instead of just exaggerating problems and telling his readers who is to blame, Romney prop ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not likely to vote for Romney (assuming he becomes the Republican nominee), but I give him credit for writing a readable, interesting book. Yes, it's self-promoting and not particularly daring, as books of this genre tend to be, but his intelligence and penchant for data-driven problem-solving are apparent throughout. The man understands public policy and argues his side effectively. All in all I liked "No Apology" about as much as "The Audacity of Hope"; in some ways I liked it more.

I disa
Mar 27, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one intelligent guy. I mostly agree with all of his ideas for the direction our country should (must, really) go. I wish he was a little more imaginative as far as fixing the education system goes. I loved Glenn Beck's books, probably because he's not actually running for office and can say whatever he wants. Romney takes a more moderate, practical approach, which makes sense. He says the school voucher program, which Beck and many others tout, is "politically infeasible," for example. T ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this book a fair go and read it all the way through but after skipping most of the first few chapters about Foreign Policy and getting irritated with the chapters on Economy, I decided to just stop reading. Politics between the two major parties, I'm convinced, comes down to differing philosophies. It's not that one's right and the other's wrong so much that it's each envisions a different successful society.
Not everyone measures success in dollar signs.
Mitt Romney spends much
Love him, hate him, or something in between, you can usually count on Mitt Romney giving a straight answer - in interviews, in debates, and in his new book. Mitt is an analytical guy, a competence that serves him well as he describes the vital issues facing America today and how we as a nation should deal with them. In the course of the book, we also learn the highlights of his past and personal life and how his experiences have shaped his beliefs.

Sometimes the book isn't real exciting, as a num
Oct 02, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book not knowing what to expect, given some conservative rhetoric is sometimes just about bashing the liberals (although sometimes deservedly so but it doesn’t solve any problems). This book actually backed up some views with data and studies instead of just being a “feel good” book with meaningless chants or special slogans to disillusion the reader or tricking them into thinking that they are accomplishing something meaningful or positive. He has some real answers that would work fo ...more
I rate half of this book at two stars and half at four. The worst half is the half where I got the sense that Mitt was writing what he wanted the reader to read. The politician in him was on display, and the rhetoric abounded. He seemed to dumb himself down, reciting silly slogans with which no one can disagree ("pursue the difficult" and "the case for American greatness" come to mine).

The other half, however, was quite good. What seems to be the real Mitt surfaced as he used his intellectual ab
Sep 12, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I felt that I needed to understand Mitt Romney better. His character is outstanding, but I wasn't familiar with his ideas.

The vision he has for America is amazing. He loves this country and will make no apologies for stating that it is the greatest nation on earth. The reason for this book, he shares, is that during the debates, candidates are only given sixty seconds to solve an extremely complex issue. Because he didn't feel that was enough time, he wanted to explain h
Mar 06, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. It isn't a thrilling page turner but a really educational read. I laughed and cried and more importantly, did lots of thinking during this book. Romney does a terrific job of providing and explaining data and translating that into proposed action. I really liked that he spent his time explaining the issues and then giving detailed information about his position rather than just attacking others. A very informative and powerful book.
Nov 01, 2012 Jenny-Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you plan to vote in this election than you ought to read this book. This book is an insightful look into who Mitt Romney really is as an American leader and shows how his life experiences have influenced his views. He's well read, thoughtful, an experienced leader/role model and strategic thinker. Mitt brings new ideas and solutions to the table for readers to think about.
Ben Coes
Sep 01, 2010 Ben Coes rated it it was amazing
Great book by a fantastic guy. He calls it as he sees it, very straightforward.
Fantastic! I still want this guy to be president!

Romney explained it best for why he wrote this book. You are only given 30 seconds in the average debate to try and get your point / opinion across. There is no opportunity to get your ideas out there and then explain how / why your ideas will work. Romney attempts to do that in this book.

Throughout this book, he talks about the pursuit of the difficult, why nations decline, the pursuit of power, pathways of American power, a free and productive e
Aug 20, 2011 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bestseller, memoir
Slow read. Full of statistics and history, but not much emotion. I actually think I liked Romney more before I read this (as opposed to Sarah or Meghan, whom I liked better after reading their books).

Some quotes:

"Obama sends a signal that he is eager to negotiate at any time, any place, without conditions; the effect of this is to cede all of the power and leverage to our enemies." [Overdramatic...c'mon.]

"[Obama] replied, 'I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits belie
Sep 17, 2012 Jimmie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociopolitical
I did it. I finished the book without setting it on fire. It’s a good thing my new apartment doesn’t have a garbage disposal because it would’ve been put to good use.

One of the things that bugged me most about this book was that there was no appendix at the back listing his sources. I mean, how do you write a book about politics and policy, making all sorts of claims and references to other writers, scholars, scientists, and policy wonks and not cite your sources!? That’s high school composition
Mar 27, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Mitt Romney makes his case for the direction he feels America should be going and how to get us there, highlighting "three pillars that sustain a free and strong America." These pillars are a strong economy, a strong military, and a free and strong people (in the book, mostly manifested through culture and education). This is American exceptionalism with no holds barred and Mr. Romney makes a compelling case for it.

Not surprisingly with his background, Mr. Romney's strength is in his grasp of ec
Gina Denny
Feb 07, 2011 Gina Denny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Republicans, Libertarians and really open-minded Democrats
Here's what I love about Mitt Romney: He recognizes that there is NO single approach that will fix any of our problems, the nation's biggest problems will require multiple solutions working together. Some of my favorites:

IMMIGRATION: We cannot just build a wall and let the minutemen loose on the border. We need to work on making it easier, cheaper and faster for people to immigrate here legally. Allow people to become permanent residents and citizens without requiring a Harvard lawyer at their
Oct 18, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Any book about political issues written by a politician will have a hard time pulling above two stars, whatever their party affiliation. If nothing else, this book proves that Romney is a skillful politician, equal in demagoguery and equivocation to anyone, Republican or Democrat. He starts off wasting no time and gets right in to showering American readers with praise for how great and noble they are, what he refers to as ‘American Exceptionalism,” and then goes on to call out what’s wrong with ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads

I had to hand off the book to the next book club person to read, it made me wish I had bought it so I could write down all of my favorite quotes out of it. I really liked this book!

I like it for a number of reasons: one, main stream media and fox news just don't report what is going on and what the best options are to fix it. I wish political leaders weren't made heroes and villains all the time, it make us as a whole over look what is going on and how many opinions there are on how to fix it.
Jul 01, 2010 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met Mitt Romney at his book signing in May and finally finished his book. The first couple of chapters or so focus on lessons from history, past nations that have flourished and then failed, and how we as Americans can and should learn from their mistakes so that we can continue to be a strong, leading nation. His viewpoint that American strength is essential, not just for Americans but for freedom-loving countries all over the world, resonated with me. He points out that there are four strate ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book, because even though I liked Mitt, I didn't know enough about him. This book, written by himself, is an overview of his main policy opinions. Ironically, I had just emailed the White House a few weeks earlier to show my distaste of Obama apologizing to Afganistan for the mishap with our troops. Obama has apologized in shame on many differenct occasions even though Americans have lost countess lives and paid a high monetary price to help democracy reign at home and abro ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My FIRST "political" book - and it was a surprisingly good read - I stayed INTERESTED. I know enough politics to know I prefer conservatives to liberals in most cases - I voted for a Democrat judge once, here in Texas. Shocked relatives to the core, but he was the better candidate. Because I'm still a novice in politics, I really appreciated Mitt Romney's writing style and his ability to show "the big picture." Anyone with a basic understanding of US History, Economics, and political headliners ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know now who i wish was our current President. Mitt Romney is a true American Patriot, who not only is informed of our nation's great history, but also a capable and trained buisiness man. His concern is for America to remain the leading nation in the world in respect to the economy, military, and the freedom a true democracy allows it's people. I gained an enormous amount of insight to the world of politics from reading this book. It is sad to see government officials in office who are not th ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Political alignments aside. Everyone eligible to vote should read this book. How often is it that American voters have the chance to read 300 pages of pure policy? No distracting or attention-diverting attacks, no scandal stories. Romney outlines his policies and what he thinks is wrong with the current American system. He provides detailed descriptions behind all of his stances. I feel very-well informed and confident that I can judiciously follow the 2012 campaign with more scrutiny and attent ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Zachrobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! I was pleasantly surprised. The thing I liked about it was that it wasn't filled with a lot lame biographical junk or stupid one liners (hope, change, stay the course, etc). It just had sound political policies. Mr. Romney comes across as a really boring and fake candidate during debates which is too bad because this book has a lot of good ideas. Mitt Romney may be the type of candidate that America doesn't deserve because we tend to put way too much stock into things that ...more
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Mitt Romney is an American businessman and Republican party politician, who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007. He is also the son of George W Romney (former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore Romney.

Romney earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and BYU where he was Valedictorian. He then earned a joint MBA/J.D. from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law Sch
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