American Son by Marco Rubio

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10 Critic Reviews

Rubio comes across as humble, principled and all too conscious of the sacrifices inherent in political life.
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Synopsis

Few politicians have risen to national prominence as quickly as Marco Rubio. Here is the full story of his unlikely journey.
 
Florida Senator Marco Rubio electrified the 2012 Republican National Con­vention by telling the story of his parents, who were struggling immigrants from Cuba. They embraced their new country and taught their children to appreciate its unique opportunities. Every sacrifice they made over the years, as they worked hard at blue-collar jobs in Miami and Las Vegas, was for their children.
 
Young Marco grew up dreaming about football, not politics. In this fas­cinating memoir, he reveals how he ended up running for the West Miami City Commission, and then the Florida House of Representatives. In just six years he rose to Speaker of the Florida House. He then won his U.S. Senate campaign as an extreme long shot.
 
Now Rubio speaks on the national stage about the better future that’s possible if we return to our founding principles. In that vision, as in his fam­ily’s story, Rubio proves that the American Dream is still alive for those who pursue it.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Marco Rubio

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MARCO RUBIO served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Sentinel. 317 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Aug 01 2012

Rubio comes across as humble, principled and all too conscious of the sacrifices inherent in political life.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by David DesRosiers on Jul 27 2012

In “An American Son,” Mr. Rubio’s self-assessment is strikingly earnest. He speaks naturally of what is going on in his heart and soul.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Leary on Jun 19 2012

Readers who did not follow the 41-year-old until now or are under the impression he is a tea party creation will be surprised by how long he has been in politics.

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Town Hall

Excellent
Reviewed by Kyle Bonnell on Jul 03 2012

Marco Rubio: An American Son is a must-read look at the experiences that shaped one of America’s most promising young leaders.

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Marc Caputo on Jun 16 2012

...as the nation looks at this American son and possible vice-presidential contender, his time in the U.S. Senate looks like it’s far from the last chapter in his political life.

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Salty Eggs

Below average
Reviewed by Shannon Sharpe on Jun 27 2012

Partisan readers, then, will find a lot to love, but the tale of an American son gets lost amid the politics.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Jul 10 2012

Anyone who was not a fan of Senator Rubio before this book will be one after reading An American Son. He explains his story in an insightful and candid way.

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Pure Politics

Good
Reviewed by Wilson Trivino on Aug 13 2012

...Marco Rubio is a name that will dominate the political world decades to come and is a new generation leader.

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On The Issues

Good
Reviewed by Jesse Gordon

Normally we don't like "horserace" books, but that's when they're written by pundits. When they're written by the candidate, they are truly insightful...Rubio's family history is tied in with his political appeal, so that works too.

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The Right Hook

Good
Jun 18 2012

...Marco Rubio being elected US Senator is just the end of another beginning for him. If you’re excited to see where he’s going, you’ll thoroughly enjoy reading about where he’s been.

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