|Publish Date:||Nov 2010|
|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|
|Prologue: The Road to History||p. ix|
|A Broken Family on the Western Front||p. 1|
|King of the College Republicans||p. 23|
|Planting Roots in Texas||p. 44|
|What Is a Rovian Campaign?||p. 64|
|Conquering Texas||p. 80|
|ANew Kind of Governor||p. 99|
|Glimmers of the White House||p. 112|
|The Grand Plan||p. 123|
|Stung by New Hampshire, Rescued by South Carolina||p. 137|
|The Big Mo'||p. 157|
|The Cheney Choice||p. 166|
|Derailed by a DUI||p. 177|
|Thirty-six Days in Hell||p. 201|
|The Real West Wing||p. 217|
|Thinking Big||p. 234|
|Ground Zero||p. 268|
|Striking Back||p. 285|
|What Bipartisanship?||p. 305|
|Joe Wilson's Attack||p. 318|
|Bush Was Right on Iraq||p. 332|
|The Special Prosecutor and Me||p. 344|
|Getting Ready for Kerry||p. 361|
|Drugs and Marriage||p. 372|
|Trapping Kerry, Making Peace with McCain||p. 378|
|Suspense and Victory||p. 387|
|The Democrats Unleashed||p. 404|
|Anything for a Scalp||p. 425|
|Republicans on the Run||p. 460|
|The Surge||p. 471|
|Yes, It Was Fun||p. 485|
|Leaving the White House||p. 493|
|Rove: the Myth||p. 504|
|Obama: the Myth||p. 517|
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
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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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