Mitt Plans Book about Olympic Experience

Mitt Plans Book about Olympic Experience

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former Salt Lake Organizing Committee leader Mitt Romney is planning a book about his three-year stint leading up to the 2002 Olympic Games.

The book is co-written with Romney's nephew, Timothy Robinson, and is described as part memoir, part management tutorial, using Romney's recollections of the preparations to illustrate his leadership style and principles.

Robinson believes the book will depict Romney as an "intuitive" leader who "just has a sense for the way things are done."

Although a still-to-be-determined publisher will have the final say, Robinson's suggested title is "Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games."

He anticipates it will have 17 chapters and an epilogue, starting with "A Call to Serve," Romney's account of his early 1999 recruitment to the position amid revelations of allegedly improper bid-era inducements to IOC members.

Subsequent chapters describe Romney's initial audit of SLOC's strengths and weaknesses, his approach to building a staff, and how he dealt with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, international and national Olympic committees.

A son of Romney's sister, Jane, Robinson was an editor in the children's division at the publishing company Bantam Doubleday Dell, now part of Random House. He has worked for Parachute Press in New York City and Deseret Book, and is now consulting and doing freelance writing.

Robinson said a spring publication date was designed to take advantage of rising Olympic interest with the approach of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and, hopefully, the end of a federal court trial for Salt Lake City bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson on bribery and racketeering charges.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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