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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471787086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471787082
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran journalists Moore and Slater offered a glimpse into Karl Rove's singular influence within the Bush administration in their best-selling Bush's Brain, and in light of the recent contretemps in Washington, the authors have issued this deftly reported revision of their earlier book. The title of this up-to-date foray into the machinations of "Bush's Brain" belies the book's incredible depth; revealing not only the details of Rove's success and failures, the book also directs a critical eye toward his Salt Lake City childhood, his earliest political ambitions and the events that shaped his values. Broader than an exposé, but too partisan and brief to be considered a full-fledged biography, the book portrays a man "not beyond lying" and obsessed with "creating power and winning elections" whose character is governed by a simple ethos: to succeed at any cost (even when the battle at hand is a questionably good-natured snowball fight with reporters). Moore and Slater are quick to acknowledge Rove is, for better or worse, very good at his job, and provide ample analysis of "Roverian" politics (or, "Rovian Cancer," as the authors put it) from his days advising state-level campaigns to the build-up to, and ongoing fallout from, the invasion of Iraq. A piercing examination of the preeminent right wing political strategist, the book will find favor among politics buffs.
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Now we know: Karl Rove "is the co-president of the United States." (And you thought it was Dick Cheney.) "Karl Rove thinks it, and George W. Bush does it," write James Moore and Wayne Slater in Rove Exposed: How Bush's Brain Fooled America, an update of their bestselling Bush's Brain. In the latest attempt to understand the political mastermind who gives liberals the vapors, Moore (a TV news correspondent) and Slater (Austin, Tex., bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News) go through a laundry list of Rove's alleged wrongdoing: that while running a Texas gubernatorial campaign, he may have planted a bug in his own office to cast suspicion on the opposing candidate; that he had a pet FBI agent open investigations of top Democratic officials in Texas at key moments in elections; that he held "dirty trick seminars" on campaign espionage for fellow College Republicans; that he told Robert Novak that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA. (Oh wait, that was Official A.) Rove, they conclude, is one bad dude: "If Karl Rove were not sitting in his office in the White House, there might have been no war in Iraq; there would be underprivileged children still attending Head Start programs . . . there would be low income families getting health care . . . there would be competitive bidding on contracts to rebuild Iraq instead of delivery of deals to Halliburton . . . there would have been no California recall . . . there would be a complete and honest report from the 9/11 Commission . . . there would be real funding for Homeland Security's First Responders [and] there would even be more people with jobs." And every night, the Tooth Fairy would fill your pillow with gold doubloons.
Rachel Hartigan Shea (The Washington Post's "Book World " section, November 6, 2005)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 25, 2005
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Others have described Rove as "grooming Bush" (vs. a subordinate), shaping policy based on politics, co-president, and manager of a never-ending Bush campaign. However, Moore does not make it clear whether Bush is primarily following political advice to determine policy, or using political advice to implement desired policy - I suspect it is both.

One of Rove's favorite models is Mark Hanna, businessman and counsel to President McKinley. Hanna resisted government efforts to break up giant corporate and mining trusts, thereby providing them with the ability to control labor and wages, while raising a very large amount (for those days) to elect McKinley. Not surprising, Bush (Rove?) has followed an analogous path, supporting business at almost every turn, while raising very large amounts for his campaigns. However, Bush (Rove?) did bend his devotion to free trade (NAFTA, CAFTA) to provide steel tariffs in an effort to boost voter support in W. Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Moore also traces Rove's history of dirty tricks - including bugging his own office to boost his Republican client for governor (battery only had 10-hour life, was fresh when discovered, there was no evidence of a break-in, and Rove had shortly before seen a similar tactic used in a movie), working with an FBI henchman (later shown to have planted evidence in the Ruby Ridge murder trial) to pursue political enemies, having surrogates attack Gov. Anne Richards, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. John Kerry with vicious whisper campaigns (respectively - lesbian, fathering a black child and mentally unbalanced, and not the brave hero he appeared to be).

Another interesting incident involved Rove campaigning for Chair of the College Republicans.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on December 3, 2005
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Since I didn't read Bush's Brain, most of the material in this book was new to me, and fascinating. Ironically, the book made my impression of Rove somewhat more sympathetic than before: the "Revenge of the Nerd" theme resonated a bit, and I found myself thinking "Why can't the Democrats get more guys like this?". That this thought crossed my mind is a symptom of the sorry state that politics has reached in this country.
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Excellent account of the Bush presidency
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I always thought the puppeteer for Bush Jr was Cheney. I didn't realize Bush Jr had another puppeteer as well. Karl Rove is someone even a crook in Politics would call a "pig."
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