An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics

A Synopsis

Whether or not W. Mitt Romney finally decides to seek the U.S. Presidency in 2016, it is clear he will heavily influence the candidate chosen by the Republican Party.  R.B. (Ron) Scott provides the first and only independent (unauthorized) biographical profile of the  GOP nominee in 2012 and influential player in choosing a candidate for  the 2016  presidential election many knowledgeable observers say is "the Republicans to lose." 

Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics takes a frank and revealing look at what makes the man tick, more human than he often appears to be on the stump: his character, convictions, his words and actions, yes his flips and his flops too, and, his triumphs and setbacks. It also attempts to answer the question everyone keeps asking: Could a faithful Mormon ever be elected President of the United States? Drawing on extensive research amassed over more than two decades, including interviews with people who know him best--allies and adversaries alike--this book paints a savvy, textured, and revealing portrait of the candidate, his history, family, religion, political beliefs, and strategy. It puts Mitt, his family, his history and religion in context like no other book to date.


The New York Review of Books' Michael Tomasky reviews Scott's biography on Mitt Romney

From The New York Review of Books

February 23, 2012

"But with all that, there still seems something missing in the man. Even R.B. Scott, a longtime magazine and newspaper journalist who is a fellow Mormon and former occasional Romney adviser who tried to enlist Romney’s cooperation in his book, Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics, cannot escape (and to his credit does not shy away from) pursuing certain dark corners of Romney’s character and identifying his weaker points…" Read more 

On The Issues Reviews Scott's Biography on Mitt Romney

From OnTheIssues.org

April 2012

"This is the first biography of Mitt Romney written by a Mormon. It's not explicitly about Mormonism at all -- but the author is a Mormon who knew Romney well through church ties, and who evidently did not like Romney very much. Hence it is an unauthorized biography, which to readers means it is more honest than one which must pass muster with the Romney campaign…" Read more

Republicans want a more likable Romney

From ABC Online

July 25, 2012

Scott it interviewed by ABC's Craig McMurtrie about Mitt Romney and the 2012 election. Watch here

"The Takeaway's" host John Hockenberry Interviews R.B. Scott

From ABC Online

February 15, 2012 

The Takeaway host John Hockenberry interviewed Mitt Romney biographer Ronald B. Scott. Hockenbury and Scott covered topics ranging from Romney's religion and family to his inconsistent  efforts to connect with voters." Watch here

CNN's Soledad O'Brien Interviews Scott

From CNN.com

January 5, 2012

“CNN's Soledad O'Brien joins R.B. Scott to chat over coffee about his biography Mitt Romney:  An Inside Look At The Man and His Politics.” Watch Here 

Scott Tells NPR Reporter that Romney's Personal Position on Abortion Has not Changed Much

From NPR.org

November 29, 2011

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been labeled a flip-flopper. And when it comes to abortion, the former governor of Massachusetts appears to have changed his position from being in favor of abortion rights to being opposed." Read more

5 Things You May Not Know About Mitt Romney

From NPR.org

November 28, 2011

“In his new book, Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics, author Ronald B. Scott writes that when Romney was a young father, he led a family outing to a state park in Massachusetts. When Romney got ready to launch his unlicensed boat…” Read more

CITY Weekly Reviews Romney Book

From CITY Weekly

October 27, 2011

Salt Lake City, UT  - "Opportunistic biographies are a dime a dozen during a presidential election cycle, with journalists digging up historical dirt on various candidates. But Ronald Scott comes at his biography of Mitt Romney from a slightly different direction: He’s known Romney for decades, since the Republican frontrunner was his stake president in Massachusetts. 

The result is honest, yet never a simple takedown. Through dogged reporting and his own personal recollections, Scott paints a broad-ranging portrait of Romney, from his college years through his missionary experience, his business triumphs and his time running both the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the state of Massachusetts. It’s a look at the ideals he adopted from his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, as well as where he steered his own politics in a different direction.

The image that emerges, as is true of any well-studied individual’s life, is more complex than you might expect. Scott highlights the personality traits that simultaneously made Romney a success in the private and the public sector, and a difficult-to-embrace enigma for many potential voters. Through one memorable anecdote—about an encounter with an officious park ranger that landed Romney in jail in 1981—Scott conveys an occasionally short-tempered man driven to straightforward solutions, yet not always savvy enough to read people well, or understand that his meticulous image-controlling can be seen as disingenuous. Join the author for a reading this week, and learn more than you already thought you knew about the man who would be president."