No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

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Macmillan, Mar 2, 2010 - Political Science - 336 pages
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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 well-being, but for the world's. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded. From the long-term decline of our manufacturing base, our laggard educational system that has left us without enough engineers, scientists, and other skilled professionals, our corrupted financial practices that led to the current crisis, and the crushing impact of entitlements on our future obligations, America is in debt, overtaxed, and unprepared for the challenges it must face.

We need renewal: fresh ideas to cut through complicated problems and restore our strength. Creative and bold, Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war. Most important, he calls for a new commitment to citizenship, a common cause we all share, rather than a laundry list of individual demands. Many of his solutions oppose President Obama's policies, many also run counter to Republican thinking, but all have one strategic aim: to move America back to political and economic strength.

Personal and dynamically-argued, No Apology is a call to action by a man who cares deeply about America's history, its promise, and its future.

 

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User Review  - Barb_H - LibraryThing

I thought this book was well written and full of information. Although it was a little too packed full of information, statistics and facts at times and became dry. There was a lot of history included ... Read full review

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User Review  - emlzcole - LibraryThing

A bit preachy (and too moral) at times but a good read that does a good job of reminding us, in certain areas, of why America is great ... and how it could be greater. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Pursuit of the Difficult
5
2 Why Nations Decline
35
3 The Pursuit of Power
51
4 Pathways of American Power
74
5 A Free and Productive Economy
101
6 The Worst Generation?
150
7 Healing Health Care
168
8 An American Education
194
9 Running Low
224
10 The Culture of Citizenship
248
11 America the Beautiful
280
Epilogue
301
Acknowledgments
307
Index
311
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About the author (2010)

Mitt Romney is an American businessman and former governor of Massachusetts. Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election. He first gained national recognition in 2002 as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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