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Machiavelli's Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove

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Karl Rove has come to personify scorched earth political tactics and merciless, win-at-any-cost trickery. His status as the so-called architect behind Bush's election victories has elevated him to a mythic kingmaker in the national imagination. Not since Mark Hanna, special assistant to President William McKinley, has someone not elected to public office played such a vita ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Rodale Books
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Jul 02, 2008 Patrick rated it liked it
Good examination of Rove and his role in the Bush White House. Although it contains biographical information, it's not so much a biography as a focus on Rove during Bush's terms as governor and president, with the emphasis being on the presidential years.

Rove is a slippery character and it's hard to get a handle on everything he has had a hand in. This book is a good guide and resource for a more comprehensive picture. Rove's scheming is often obscure and complex, the book does a good job of ex
Mar 27, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
Halfway into this. Current discussion, August 7, 2008, online with the author on the Well.

It is not a pleasant subject unless, of course, you're totally happy with the current state of the Republican Revolution and the way they've failed oh so miserably in the US and on the world stage with their "permanent majority."

The Katrina chapter is excerpted at Salon Magazine.
Apr 14, 2013 Helie rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Very absorbing and well-written. It basically describes Karl Rove's career as a political advisor. It's nice how the author makes connections throughout the book, pointing out where Rove's strengths and weaknesses lie. If you like politics you have to read this.
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Apr 27, 2013 Michael Lighten rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was written with frank sincerity about the shadows and manipulations of one Karl Rove. I wished it went more into the aftermath of what he and former president George W. Bush in order to gain their power and keep it.
Jun 28, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Karl Rove is a scary person who cared more about politics than the public he served. He wanted to make a Republican Third Reich.
Aug 12, 2008 Nick rated it it was ok
Some interesting information on Karl Rove, but poorly written.
Jul 25, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Fascinating read - interesting to read how evil thinks....
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