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  • Author:
    Wayne Slater,James Moore
  • ISBN:
    0471471402
  • ISBN13:
    978-0471471400
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    Wiley; 1 edition (January 5, 2004)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
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Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential is a book by James Moore and Wayne Slater that chronicles the political career of Karl Rove and the role he has played in the elections of George W. Bush, both when running for Governo.

Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush, both when running for Governor of Texas and for President. It was published in 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-47140-2. In 2004, a documentary film was directed and produced by Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob with the shortened title, Bush's Brain.

In Bush's presidency, Rove made the political most out of the terrorist scare generated by the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center's twin towers and Bush's insistence on going after Saddam Hussein. The polls gave a big boost to the President's popularity. The authors present some interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter, such as this drawn from Plato: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

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. Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire "Bush's Brain isn't a hatchet job on George W. Bush. Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is one of the most brilliant and successful political consultants of all time. Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire. Bush's Brain isn't a hatchet job on George W.

-Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire

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Home Browse Books Book details, Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential. By Wayne Slater, James Moore. 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 fact, the two authors largely dispel the myth of Bush's supposedly deficient IQ.

Bush's Brain isn't a hatchet job on George W. But, more importantly, they lay bare the story of how Karl Rove may be the most powerful man in America

Bush's Brain isn't a hatchet job on George W. 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. The most powerful individual in the United States may not be George W.

Portions of this book have been previosuly published as: Bush's brain; how Karl Rove made George W. Bush presidential" . Personal Name: Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- Friends and associates. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-215) and index. Personal Name: Rove, Karl. Personal Name: Rove, Karl Influence. Personal Name: Rove, Karl Political and social views. Geographic Name: United States Politics and government 2001-. Personal Name: Slater, Wayne. Rubrics: Political consultants United States Biography Political corruption.

Through Bush's Brain readers enter the powerful world of White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove and learn how . JAMES MOORE is an Emmy AwardAC - winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience.

Through Bush's Brain readers enter the powerful world of White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove and learn how this man created George W. Bush and continues to keep him on top. Product Identifiers. He has traveled extensively on every presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS.

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

"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

The most powerful individual in the United States may not be George W. Bush. It is probably Karl Rove, the President's brilliant advisor. Who is this man and how did he acquire so much power? Having watched in awe for over fifteen years as they reported on the rise of Karl Rove, Moore and Slater expose the brutal and sometimes morally questionable, but invariably effective ways in which Karl Rove?and America's political system—actually operate.


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Karl Rove has become, according to co-authors James Moore and Wayne Slater, the unelected, "Co-President" of America. He was the man that drove the policies that defined George W. Bush's stint as Texas Governor. Today he is the architect of White House policies on Capitol Hill. The authors state that it is unfair to characterize Rove simply as the puppet master and President Bush as the dimwitted puppet. It is more like, Rove acts as the filter through which President Bush learns and then President Bush makes an executive decision. They have a somewhat parasitic relationship as Rove is carried into the halls of American power through the body and face of George W. Bush.

"Bush's Brain" is the tale of two stories. The first story is of how Karl Rove came to be the "Co-President" of America. It traces Rove's history from his days as a skilled high school debater at Olympus School, Salt Lake City, Utah, to his days at college as a Young Republican to his career in Austin, Texas as the proprietor of direct mail business and political consultant for the Republican Party. The book describes in detail Rove's personality make-up, his uncanny photographic memory, his insatiable to desire to win at any cost and his lack of a moral compass. Karl Rove is a political machine, forged from the fire of a dysfunctional, broken family and fueled with the blood of blind loyalty to the party.

The second story is how Karl Rove became Rasputin to the Bush tsardom. George Herbert Walker Bush selected Karl Rove in 1973, to become chairman of the College Republican National Committee. I say selected instead of elected because apparently, the election for said position was in contest and had to be decided by then chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Bush 41. In the end, the decision to choose Rove over his opponent was driven by blind loyalty to the PARTY. In the opinion of former President Bush, Rove's opponent had been disloyal and therefore branded a traitor. Rove got the gig and the message...only loyalty matters.

During this time, Rove was also hired by Bush 41 as a special assistant at the RNC. It was then when he met strapping young lad George W. Bush. W. would come down on weekends from Harvard Business School to borrow the car and cruise Washington DC for...well God only knows and it was Rove's job to hand him the keys to the Gremlin (yes, the car in question was a gremlin). Rove saw in young W. the makings of a marketable candidate and thus their parasitic friendship was formed. Bush would eventually go into public service has his namesake legacy would have it and Rove would have his racehorse to carry him into the White House.

A good chunk of the book deals with Rove's time in Texas and the campaigns he worked on (other than W's.) This is the meat of the book and the most telling part about the danger Karl Rove represents. The chapters entail Rove's use of dirty tricks to not only beat opponents for offices of public service, but to systematically end peoples careers and drive them out of politics. On Rove's trail of tears lie the careers of folks like Mike Moeller and Pete McRae whose political careers ended not in a lost election but a federal penitentiary. Other battered and broken political nemeses were Jim Hightower, Ann Richards and John McCain.

I thought the book was fair to Rove and President Bush. It neither treats the President like a moron nor does it explicitly say Rove is running the government. There are many points where the authors take great pains to show President Bush as a thoughtful, though not intellectually curious, decision maker and leader of men. They also paint a somewhat sympathetic portrait of Rove as someone who has obvious psychological failings but happens to have a job where that sort of ethical absence is a virtue to be rewarded.

The only part of the book I thought was ridiculous was the section that dealt with the Iraq war. First off, the authors go out of their way to rationalize their belief that the war was absolutely a bad idea. That's not the point of the book. I mean, there's only 100's of books that deal exclusively with that subject alone and they present arguments to back up their thesis. The authors tended to editorialize their opinions and present only their side of the argument. Now most people who will end up reading this book will already be of the belief that the war was a terrible idea so it won't offend them. It bothered me however because I felt like a pretty balanced accounting of the Bush Administration was marred by obvious partisanship and bias. It didn't ruin the book because it's only maybe two chapters but it was annoying. The authors should have presented what they thought were the facts of Rove's involvement in the Iraq War and then let the reader decide from there.

Overall I thought the book was interesting and it is certainly a cautionary tale of how political consultants can shape and control the political battleground. The lesson to be learned here is that the electorate has to be a bit more savvy to the machinations of people like Rove or only unaccountable people like Rove will end up running the government...if they aren't already.
Andromathris
Karl Rove is Karl Rove. He is an excellent, but thoroughly devious, political strategist. You make a mistake not getting to know about him, especially some of his past antics and even his relationships with his neighbors. It will help you immensely to understand what he may be planning and how he will react when he is outsmarted. Remember his face when talking about Ohio on election night? He had been thoroughly bested by the Obama campaign and he could not deal with it. Read the book!
Mopimicr
Considering the current political upheaval, surrounding Karl Rove. The two Texas Journalists who wrote Bus's Brain were already very familiar with the tactics of this Republican inside operative. For Democrats, Republicans or independents, you owe it to yourself, and the rest of us to arm yourself with the objective knowledge found in this timely and informative work. I give it "Both Thumbs UP!"
Unde
Rove is a miserable example of what a human being is about.
Gathris
Had some good stories and interesting cases but far too tedious and dry. Full of "politi-speak" without weaving a very interesting or compelling life story. I hated Karl Rove and everything the man stands for before I read the book so it didn't really give me any new insights, just details. I didn't finish, though.
Xisyaco
this book shows that without someone else's input this president would not have made it to any elected position. it is all smoke and mirrors for this administration.
Syleazahad
The book indicates how manipulative and dishonest Karl Rove is.
I liked the book as it re veiled how George W. Bush became President in a quasi competent way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would be serious about the antics of Rove and how he illegitimately influences our country.
Great book and, sadly, very frightening regarding the lengths one person will go to win.