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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
George Romney: An American Life is a biography about businessman and politician George W. Romney (1907-1995) by automotive historian Patrick Foster, with a Foreword by Mitt Romney. It tells the story of George’s rise from a childhood in poverty, to positions of recognized national leadership in the American business, political, and public service arenas. One chapter is devoted to photographs. Quotes by and about George are sprinkled throughout. In his Foreword, Mitt Romney notes: “In this book, Patrick Foster writes about this exemplary life and person. If it sometimes sounds incredible, it’s all true.” After I read the book, I understood better why he used the word “incredible.”
In George Romney: An American Life, Foster gives us an understanding of both the man and the times in which he lived, with amazing skill and clarity. While conveying Romney’s tremendous energy, intelligence, strength of character, and his determination to make things better, he doesn’t gloss over his weaknesses of character or his foibles, but faces them head on. In the process, we see in George Romney’s life a quintessential American success story in terms of achievement, wealth and political power. In my mind, more importantly, we see the ability of one person to make a difference in the lives of others. No matter one’s political stance, every reader can learn something from George Romney’s life. For me, it was that change may come more slowly than I like, but it won’t come at all unless some of us keep at it with the determination of bulldogs, even if at times we’re more bulls in a china shop than we might like. An informative and entertaining read. Highly recommended.