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The Architect: Karl Rove and the Dream of Absolute Powerby James Moore
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President George W. Bush dubbed Karl Rove “The Architect” for his skill in creating an unprecedented campaign and fund-raising machine. But Rove’s ambitions have always been far more sweeping—to build a right-wing dynasty that can dominate American politics for decades. Rove’s master plan imagines a political system so controlled by Republicans that it is resisted only by symbolic opposition.
In The Architect, James Moore and Wayne Slater, the bestselling authors of Bush’s Brain, return with an even more penetrating examination of Rove, his sweeping agenda, and the price he may have to pay for his audacity. Drawing on their decades-long study of Rove, they provide a rarely seen view of the politics of absolute power in Washington—how it is acquired, expanded, and turned to startling ends. Specifically, they unveil how Rove:
• Used lobbyist Jack Abramoff as a cat’s-paw to manage unruly legislators
• Energetically led the antigay marriage movement while protecting a family secret that made his stance bizarrely cynical
• Turned Christian churches into a gigantic vote delivery system, despite privately admitting to being a nonbeliever
• Repeatedly leaked information to harm political opponents, making him the man investigators most wanted to talk to when they began probing the Plame affair
• Was intimately involved in an international disinformation scheme to lead America to war
The Architect is an eye-opening and frequently shocking report on the maneuverings of a brilliant but morally ambiguous political strategist, and the first-ever in-depth look at a political operative striving to absolutely control the future—even if he risks losing everything.
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A thought-provoking study of the embattled Karl Rove and his political career examines his relationship with the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his political motivations and goals, his efforts to restrict access to the civil courts and the campaign to destroy the labor movement, and his behind-the-scenes role in the Iraq war. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
President George W. Bush dubbed Karl Rove The Architect for his skill in creating an unprecedented campaign and fund-raising machine. But Rove's ambitions have always been far more sweeping to build a right-wing dynasty that can dominate American politics for decades. Rove's master plan imagines a political system so controlled by Republicans that it is resisted only by symbolic opposition.
In The Architect, James Moore and Wayne Slater, the bestselling
About the Author
James Moore is the coauthor, with Wayne Slater, of the bestselling Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential and the author of Bush’s War for Reelection. Formerly an Emmy Award–winning television news correspondent, he has traveled extensively with every presidential campaign since 1976.
Wayne Slater is a senior political writer and an award-winning reporter for The Dallas Morning News. Previously, he was the Austin bureau chief of the paper for fifteen years and has covered state and national politics since 1984.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
American dreamer : big plans and powerful friends — God in the machine : how Jesus became a Republican — The gospels of Karl : gay ain't good — Devilish details : it's the Israelis, stupid — Not as I say : gay in the GOP — Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming : turning on the turnout machine in Ohio — Lapsed voters : all God's children as Republicans — For daddy in Ohio : making McKinley proud — A few simple questions : what's in Karl's closet? — Lawyers, duns, and money : closing down the courthouse — It's hard work : the sad state of the unions — A great grievance : how to manufacture a crisis — Rove's brain : a secret chef cooks up the case for war — The unraveling : Karl losing control — The power exchange : Miers, Abramoff, and media management — To come undone : leaking, lying, and leading.
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