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Courage and Consequence: My Life As a Conservative in the Fight

Format:  Paperback,

626 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: Nov 2010

ISBN-13: 9781416592419

ISBN-10: 1416592415

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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 at a time when voters had little reason to throw out the incumbent party. For engineering victory after unlikely victory, Rove became known as "the Architect."
Because of his success, Rove has been attacked his entire career, accused of everything from campaign chicanery to ideological divisiveness. In this frank memoir, Rove responds to critics, passionately articulates his political philosophy, and defends the choices he made on the campaign trail and in the White House. He addresses controversies head-on-- from his role in the contest between Bush and Senator John McCain in South Carolina to the charges that Bush misled the nation on Iraq. In the course of putting the record straight, Rove takes on Democratic leaders who acted cynically or deviously behind closed doors, and even Republicans who lacked backbone at crucial moments.
"Courage and Consequence "is also the first intimate account from the highest level at the White House of one of the most headline-making presidencies of the modern age. Rove takes readers behind the scenes of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential contest, of tense moments aboard Air Force One on 9/11, of the decision to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, of the hard-won 2004 reelection fight, and even of his painful three years fending off an indictment by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. In the process, he spells out what it takes to win elections and how to govern successfully once a candidate has won.
Rove is candid about his mistakes in the West Wing and in his campaigns, and talks frankly about the heartbreak of his early family years. But "Courage and Consequence "is ultimately about the joy of a life committed to the conservative cause, a life spent in political combat and service to country, no matter the costs.

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: Nov 2010
ISBN-13: 9781416592419
ISBN-10: 1416592415
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 626
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.56
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.5

Chapter outline

Prologue: The Road to Historyp. ix
A Broken Family on the Western Frontp. 1
King of the College Republicansp. 23
Planting Roots in Texasp. 44
What Is a Rovian Campaign?p. 64
Conquering Texasp. 80
ANew Kind of Governorp. 99
Glimmers of the White Housep. 112
The Grand Planp. 123
Stung by New Hampshire, Rescued by South Carolinap. 137
The Big Mo'p. 157
The Cheney Choicep. 166
Derailed by a DUIp. 177
Thirty-six Days in Hellp. 201
The Real West Wingp. 217
Thinking Bigp. 234
9/11p. 249
Ground Zerop. 268
Striking Backp. 285
What Bipartisanship?p. 305
Joe Wilson's Attackp. 318
Bush Was Right on Iraqp. 332
The Special Prosecutor and Mep. 344
Getting Ready for Kerryp. 361
Drugs and Marriagep. 372
Trapping Kerry, Making Peace with McCainp. 378
Suspense and Victoryp. 387
The Democrats Unleashedp. 404
Anything for a Scalpp. 425
Katrinap. 443
Republicans on the Runp. 460
The Surgep. 471
Yes, It Was Funp. 485
Leaving the White Housep. 493
Rove: the Mythp. 504
Obama: the Mythp. 517
Epiloguep. 535
Notesp. 539
Acknowledgmentsp. 589
Indexp. 593

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-07-01)

It's doubtful any liberal Democrats will ever be swayed in their opinion of the George W. Bush presidency, no matter how powerful the argument. So why is this reviewer recommending Rove's controversial best-selling hagiography? Not because Bush's former senior adviser/deputy chief of staff himself narrates this abridged audio recording-his voice is soporific-but because it offers a uniquely inside view of the bloody, vicious, oftentimes ridiculous world of politics. Once listeners acknowledge that this is an unvarnished tribute to Bush, they will be both entertained and enlightened by this insightful and skillfully written account.

The Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, reports of fudging U.S. National Guard reports-all these and more are told here in a manner free of the venom oozing from most books on Bush '43. Recommended for all listeners, particularly students of political science.

[The Threshold Editions Ac, which published in March, was a New York Times best seller; Bush's own memoir of his presidency, Decision Points, will be available from Books on Tape/Random Audio in November, simultaneous to the release of the print and e book editions.-Ed.] - Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 at a time when voters had little reason to throw out the incumbent party.

For engineering victory after unlikely victory, Rove became known as “the Architect.”

Because of his success, Rove has been attacked his entire career, accused of everything from campaign chicanery to ideological divisiveness. In this frank memoir, Rove responds to critics, passionately articulates his political philosophy, and defends the choices he made on the campaign trail and in the White House. He addresses controversies head-on— from his role in the contest between Bush and Senator John McCain in South Carolina to the charges that Bush misled the nation on Iraq. In the course of putting the record straight, Rove takes on Democratic leaders who acted cynically or deviously behind closed doors, and even Republicans who lacked backbone at crucial moments.

Courage and Consequence is also the first intimate account from the highest level at the White House of one of the most headline-making presidencies of the modern age. Rove takes readers behind the scenes of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential contest, of tense moments aboard Air Force One on 9/11, of the decision to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, of the hard-won 2004 reelection fight, and even of his painful three years fending off an indictment by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. In the process, he spells out what it takes to win elections and how to govern successfully once a candidate has won.

Rove is candid about his mistakes in the West Wing and in his campaigns, and talks frankly about the heartbreak of his early family years. But Courage and Consequence is ultimately about the joy of a life committed to the conservative cause, a life spent in political combat and service to country, no matter the costs.

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