Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight
From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked America’s political stage. He ran the national College Republicans at twenty-two, and turned a Texas dominated by Democrats into a bastion for Republicans. He launched George W. Bush to national renown by unseating a popular Democratic governor, and then orchestrated a GOP White House win. For engineering victory afte...more
Rove admits there were mistakes. He does h...more
Favorite Neocon anecdotes ? How to deceive the other kids on the playground, as penned by a master of the Lying Arts & Sciences ? How to service the Military Industrial Complex by a grateful proxy, wannabe-bully and chubby machiavelli-junior ?
This sleazy little man constructed the advance guard of lies behind which a fraudulent and mind-numbingly incoherent administration attempted to take America back to the 18th century.
And that managed to take America to war with the world.
His beginnings were modest - a periphratic "Man From Hope"-style childhood following his geologist father across the western United States. Rove's parents were marginal types, and emotionally troubled as well (something Rove's cruder critics have been happy to exploit). Rove reacted...more
Karl Rove was with him from the start of his political career. What is clear from Rove's book is the hypocracy in politics and the ability of the media in this country to be control and manipulated in reporting thing th...more
Unsurprisingly the most interesting parts are George W.’s presidential campaign and 2 terms in office. Rove’s early life stories are somewhat dull, and to be fair almost all political figures’ backgrounds are incredibly yawnworthy (or perhaps are too unrevealing to be of interest). Rove did have a particularly difficult upbringing i...more
In many ways Karl Rove's wasn't quite as interesting as the other two, but it was also more level headed. Bush and Cheney seemed to dwell unreasonably on the events of September 11th and the "War on Terror". Rove brought up the issue, but he seemed to have a more balanced, less impassioned view of the issue.
My favorite moment was when Rove talks about spin. He...more
One of the more interesting chapters is t...more
Parts 1 and 2 detail his early life and offer some campaign tips and observations. Part 3 is a partisan telling of Rove's GW Bush years.
Rove is the preeminent Republican election strategist of his generation. Rove’s election successes are notable: including Republican primaries, Rove’s side won more than 80% of the electorial contests. Rove’s crowning achievements were dire...more
But peeling away the layers...more
This book is a chronology of the life of Karl Rove from his family days through his time at the White House. I got a good background on his life and experiences well before hearing his views on tele...more
George W. Bush had a lot going against him from the very beginning of his presidency, and I appreciated Rove's perspective of Bush's presidency and of his character. He defends controversial decisions, and acknowledges mistakes that...more
The writing was a little dry, but I did think Mr. Rove did a good job of sharing his opionions on the events that transpired leading up to and during his time at the White House.
If you're one of those anti-Rovian, anti-Bush people, you won't like this book. If you're a big fan of Bush, you'll probably love it. If your somewhat nuetral and inte...more
Really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot and achieved a new respect for the people that back-up a president. I was a little disappointed with some of Karl Rove's personal statements -- like being upset with Obama that Obama had labeled him as one who believed the US was a Christian nation. Apparently Mr. Rove does NOT believe that which I found very discouraging. Bu...more
I have always respected Karl Rove, but this book has only increased my respect for him and President Bush. It was fascinating to see how things took place behind the scenes. A lot of it confirmed things that I thought at the time.