Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times Bestseller

Praise for Bush’s Brain

"Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is one of the most brilliant and successful political consultants of all time. In this riveting account, Wayne Slater and Jim Moore tell how he got there."
–Paul Begala, CNN’s Crossfire

"If you want to understand the President’s underlying motives, read the new book on his guru, Karl Rove, Bush’s Brain."
–Al Hunt, The Wall ...

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Overview

The New York Times Bestseller

Praise for Bush’s Brain

"Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is one of the most brilliant and successful political consultants of all time. In this riveting account, Wayne Slater and Jim Moore tell how he got there."
–Paul Begala, CNN’s Crossfire

"If you want to understand the President’s underlying motives, read the new book on his guru, Karl Rove, Bush’s Brain."
–Al Hunt, The Wall Street Journal

"Bush’s Brain, by James Moore and Wayne Slater, two experienced Texas reporters who have covered the pair for many years, has fresh information about Rove’s influence on Bush . . . Moore and Slater think that Rove is a dangerous man, but their book is not biased or malicious, based as it is in solid reporting."
–The New York Review of Books

"Bush’s Brain isn’t a hatchet job on George W. Bush. In fact, the two authors largely dispel the myth of Bush’s supposedly deficient IQ. But, more importantly, they lay bare the story of how Karl Rove may be the most powerful man in America. It’s a compelling story told by two veteran Texas journalists who don’t need a briefing packet to understand the men they’re writing about."
–Philip Bruce, KCET/PBS Television, Los Angeles

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The complete subordination of public policy to political calculation is the theme of this hard-hitting biography of |ber-advisor Karl Rove. Drawing on their own reporting and interviews with Rove friends and foes, journalists Moore and Slater trace Rove's rise from high-school pol to high-priced, bare-knuckled campaign consultant, to his current perch as unrivaled architect of Bush administration policy. With an uncanny head for voting trends and poll results, a masterful way with a donor list and a gift for political re-packaging, Rove groomed Bush to ride the compassionate conservatism strategy straight to the White House. It's a colorful story, full of dirty tricks, misleading attack ads and sleazy whispering campaigns that drown out the issues. To the authors, Rove's "co-presidency" marks "the apotheosis of the permanent campaign," with everything from farm subsidies to steel tariffs to the saber-rattling against Iraq a part of his carefully considered mid-term election plans. The authors' line on Rove is by now conventional wisdom, but they bring it to life with a wealth of detail, painting nuanced character studies of Rove, the driven intellectual with an abrasive edge and an iron will to win, and Bush, the callow anti-intellectual with a charming air and a need for discipline and a game plan. Rove may not be the "genius" behind Bush's election they say he is-after all, there was more than campaign wizardry at work behind that contested victory-but he is a compelling character on the American political stage. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"The second, and more substantial, of the recent books about Bush's longtime political partner, Karl Rove." (Austin American Statesman)
"Should force questions about having a win-at-all-costs political operative shaping White House policy as our nation moves toward war over the world's protests." (Austin American Statesman)
"Bush's Brain is also attracting attention for its stark claim that Rove has become America's "co-president"." (The London Times)
"If you want to understand the president's underlying motives, read the new book on his guru, Karl Rove, Bush's Brain. Penned by two crack Texas reporters, it discloses that in 1994 Mr. Rove, a hired gun for Philip Morris, persuaded the gubernatorial candidate George W. Bush to make tort reform a priority." (The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118039823
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,340,555
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

JAMES MOORE is an Emmy Award-winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience. He has traveled extensively on every presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. His professional honors include an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Director’s Association, and the Individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliners’ Foundation. His new book is Bush’s War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People.

WAYNE SLATER is the bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News in Austin, Texas. He has traveled extensively, covering national and state politics for the newspaper. Mr. Slater traveled full-time for eighteen months covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He has covered every Republican and Democratic national convention since 1988, six sessions of the Texas Legislature, and the administrations of Texas Governors Bill Clements, Ann Richards, and George W. Bush. Mr. Slater is a frequent guest on numerous network and cable political programs.

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Table of Contents

PART I: A STAR BEHIND THE CLOUDS.

Introduction: Mr. Co-President.

1. Battles and Wars.

2. Timing Is Everything.

3. Perception Is Reality.

4. Suspicions and Clues.

5. A Number Two Mexican Dinner with One Taco Missing.

6. The Confirmation.

PART II: TOWARD THE FAR HORIZON.

7. Never Young.

8. Face Value.

9. Perchance to Dream.

10. Gain with Pain.

11. Born to Run.

PART III: HISTORY MAKES MEN.

12. Voices in the Room.

13. He Shoots, He Scores.

14. A Win's a Win.

15. General Rove.

16. The Baghdad Road.

17. Yonder Goes Justice.

Notes.

Index.

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