The Architect

Karl Rove and the Dream of Absolute Power

By James Moore; Wayne Slater
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307237934, 339pp.)

Publication Date: May 22, 2007

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President George W. Bush dubbed Karl Rove "The Architect" for his skill in creating an unprecedented campaign and fund-raising machine. But Rove's ambitions have always been far more sweeping--to build a right-wing dynasty that can dominate American politics for decades. Rove's master plan imagines a political system so controlled by Republicans that it is resisted only by symbolic opposition.
In "The Architect," James Moore and Wayne Slater, the bestselling authors of "Bush's Brain," return with an even more penetrating examination of Rove, his sweeping agenda, and the price he may have to pay for his audacity. Drawing on their decades-long study of Rove, they provide a rarely seen view of the politics of absolute power in Washington--how it is acquired, expanded, and turned to startling ends. Specifically, they unveil how Rove:
- Used lobbyist Jack Abramoff as a cat's-paw to manage unruly legislators
- Energetically led the antigay marriage movement while protecting a family secret that made his stance bizarrely cynical
- Turned Christian churches into a gigantic vote delivery system, despite privately admitting to being a nonbeliever
- Repeatedly leaked information to harm political opponents, making him the man investigators most wanted to talk to when they began probing the Plame affair
- Was intimately involved in an international disinformation scheme to lead America to war
"The Architect" is an eye-opening and frequently shocking report on the maneuverings of a brilliant but morally ambiguous political strategist, and the first-ever in-depth look at a political operative striving to absolutely control the future--even if he risks losing everything.

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About the Author
ADRIAN DESMOND and JAMES MOORE are the world's authorities on Darwin's life--the authors of a dozen books between them on Darwin and evolution. Their acclaimed Darwin (1991) won many awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Comisso Grand Prize in Italy, and the Watson Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.

JAMES MOORE is an Emmy Award-winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter century of print and broadcast experience. He has traveled extensively on every presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. His professional honors include an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Director's Association, and the Individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliners' Foundation. His new book is Bush's War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House, and the People.

WAYNE SLATER is the bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News in Austin, Texas. He has traveled extensively, covering national and state politics for the newspaper. Mr. Slater traveled full-time for eighteen months covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He has covered every Republican and Democratic national convention since 1988, six sessions of the Texas Legislature, and the administrations of Texas Governors Bill Clements, Ann Richards, and George W. Bush. Mr. Slater is a frequent guest on numerous network and cable political programs.

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