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Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential

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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
Paperback, 395 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2003)
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I first read this quite awhile ago. Being a political junkie, I en joy Political non fiction. This was a tough read yet I c an't say I didn't like it. It sure gives you a heck of alot of info about Karl Rove though.

I have never been A Rove Fan. I can clearly remember the Bush years and somehow whenever I saw Rove on the talk show circuit, I would think "sleezy". He made no secret that he'd do literally anything to get Bush into the White House and this book confirms it.

Still it is tough to read
Dan Cohen
May 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, biography
I was disappointed with this book. Too much of it is devoted to descriptions of events on Texas political campaigns that seem very provincial to a non-Texan, and surprisingly little is devoted to the Bush presidential campaigns. More worryingly, the overall tone seems biased and lacking sufficient roots in facts - coming across as tabloid journalism rather than something that would stand up to scrutiny. In too many places in the book, the argument seems to be: "X happened, and X helped Rove's cl ...more
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
What a sociopath. I wish the authors had delved more into Rove's childhood and the reasons why he chose to support the Republican Party even before he was in high school. He is one truly focused individual--too bad that entails destroying anyone, Democrat or Republican, who happens to stand his way because all he wants to do is win, win, win campaigns, and his modus operandi is attack, attack, attack.
Will Byrnes
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
A first rate look at Karl Rove. Should be required reading for political junkies.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
Important book, but disappointing, especially given the hype around it.

Positives: Helps make sense of the slash-and-burn politics of the GWB administration by showing how they trace to strategies (whisper campaigns, Big Lies, ab/use of prosecution power to advance political goals) first honed by Rove in Texas state politics. Even at this late date, I found fresh reason for outrage and dismay. Also, the journalistic style makes it a quick and enjoyable read.

Negatives: In many instances in the b
May 03, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
In decades and centuries to come, Karl Rove's name will replace Rasputin or Cardinal Richelieu's as the synonym for "power behind the throne". This book, co-written by two Texas journalists, provides a look at Rove's rise to power and the ways in which Karl Rove has helped to create one of the strongest and least accountable executive branches in United States history. In 2007, it's somewhat dated, given that it was written before most of the events in Iraq, before the re-election campaign of 20 ...more
Attack, attack, attack. That strategy is formally adopted by the republicans and embodied by Karl Rove who is chronicled as not looking to win, but to destroy opponents. Examples? Look at the endless attacks on Hillary Clinton going back to the Clinton presidency. All for naught except to beat into the publics head to dislike the Clintons. This continues with Attacks on Hillary's email and Benghazi which will end up wasting taxpayer money and government resources on political strategies. How man ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Leaders hire good men and let them do their job, and that is what George W. Bush (and many others) did when he hired Karl Rove. I was skeptical of this book just from its title. My skepticism was right on target.

Moore and Slater have an obvious dislike for Karl Rove and George W. Bush. The writing style is weak, and many of their sources are suspect. In checking the end notes, one sees "anonymous" beside numerous quotes, and that does nothing to garner confidence in the material.

Moore and Slate
G. Branden
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While George W. Bush, so far, seems content to ride off into the sunset of a sinecure retirement, the same cannot be said of Karl Rove, whose is now even more of a public figure, in residence as a commentator--where else?--on Fox News Channel.

Consequently, this political biography of America's premier Mayberry Machiavelli continues to have relevance even as Rove's former client and boss does not.
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Learn just how Rove goes about destroying his candidates oppo. And how much he can carry a grudge, despite how warm and friendly he appears on Fox.
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
this book is actually really interesting about karl rove and the relationship with george bush. i read this for class, but actually learned a ton of info.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Interesting and fertile topic but ultimately disappointing. There's no "there" there. Very poorly written.
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