The Real Romney

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Kranish, Scott Helman

Narrated By: Dan Woren

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: January 2012

Duration: 12 hours 51 minutes


…In this definitive, unflinching biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, listeners will finally discover the real Romney. The book explores Romney's personal life, his bond with his wife and how they handled her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, and his difficult years as a Mormon missionary in France, where a fatal car crash had a profound effect on his path. It also illuminates Romney's privileged upbringing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; his rejection of the 1960s protest culture; and his close but complicated relationship with his father.

Based on more than five years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, The Real Romney includes a probing analysis of Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, one of the world's leading private investment firms, where staggering profits were won through leveraged buyouts that helped create jobs but also destroyed them. This penetrating portrait offers important new details, too, on Romney's failed Senate race against Ted Kennedy, his role leading the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics, and his championing of universal health care in Massachusetts. Drawing on previously undisclosed campaign memos, e-mails, and interviews with key players, Kranish and Helman reveal the infighting and disagreement that sunk Romney's 2008 White House bid—and his conscious decision to switch tactics for his 2012 run…


  • Broe Grasteit

    Excellent book with enormous insights into the man, Mitt Romney. Thoroughly enjoyed the un-biased work the authors put forth in helping the reader understand who the man is, answering multiple questions that have arisen during his current and previous presidential campaigns. No candidate is perfect, but there is little question that Mitt Romney loves the United States of America and would be an excellent President in a time when our country needs his skills and talents the most.