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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s vice president and is one of the Republican Party’s most promising young stars, but where does he come from and how did he rise so fast?
Just five days before the start of the 2012 Republican National Convention, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia travels to the Institute of the Americas to talk about the ascendance of one of America’s most intriguing political figures.
Roig-Franzia is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “The Rise of Marco Rubio, ” which eloquently chronicles a family saga that begins in a thatched palm hut in late 19th century Cuba and leads to the United States Senate. The crisp, deeply reported narrative unflinchingly examines the story of the Rubio family’s much-disputed journey from Cuba, adding new perspective to the immigration debate now consuming US policymakers. And Roig-Franzia places Rubio’s newfound prominence in the larger context of the role of Hispanics in American politics.
The Washington Times called the book “very good political journalism, the type of fare the republic needs in its political diet,” The Daily Beast praised it as “a rewarding read,” Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, described the book as an “excellent, nuanced, thoroughly reported” work and it was selected as one of the USA Today’s “Hot, Hot Summer Reads.”
Roig-Franzia, a UCLA graduate who was born in Spain and grew up in Northern California, writes about politics, international affairs and Washington culture for The Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC, and previously served as the paper’s bureau chief in both Miami and Mexico City.