The Real Romney

The definitive biography of Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

About the authors

Scott Helman

Helman has been a Globe writer and editor since 2000. Currently a staff writer for the Sunday magazine, he previously oversaw the politics desk, covered the 2008 presidential campaign, and worked as a reporter, editor, and multimedia producer for the Metro section.

Michael Kranish

Kranish is deputy chief of the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau. Kranish has covered national politics, the White House, and Congress. He co-authored the Globe’s biography of Senator John F. Kerry and authored a book about Thomas Jefferson.

The Back Story: The Real Romney

The Back Story's Dina Rudick talks to Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman about their new book, The Real Romney.

Book release: Tuesday, Jan. 17

Book summary

This book is the first complete, independent biography of Mitt Romney, a man whose journey to national political fame is at once remarkable and thoroughly unsurprising. It would have been unthinkable to his ancestors just a few generations ago, yet countless people whose lives intersected with Romney’s over the past seven decades have drawn the same conclusion: this man might just be president someday. The Real Romney, which draws on our many years tracking the man and his career for The Boston Globe, is an attempt to capture him in whole, to plumb the many chapters of his life for insight into his character, his worldview, his drive, and his contradictions. It is the story of a man guided by his faith and firmly grounded in family. It is the story of a once marginal and feared religion.

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

Boston Public Library event

Location: 700 Commonwealth Ave., Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall

Attendance: Open to the general public

Event Description: Scott Helman, Michael Kranish, and Mark Morrow of the Globe discuss the "The Real Romney" in a conversation moderated by Bob Oakes at the Boston Public Library.


‘The Real Romney’ by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

“The Real Romney” is a timely, balanced biography of the former governor, arriving as its subject moves to the front of a shrinking pack of Republican presidential hopefuls.


Chapter summaries from ‘The Real Romney’

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