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

ISBN: 978-1-118-03982-3
416 pages
February 2011
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 IQ. But, more importantly, they lay bare the story of how Karl Rove may be the most powerful man in America. It's a compelling story told by two veteran Texas journalists who don't need a briefing packet to understand the men they're writing about." —Philip Bruce, KCET/PBS Television, Los Angeles

The most powerful individual in the United States may not be George W. Bush. It is probably Karl Rove, the President's brilliant advisor. Who is this man and how did he acquire so much power? Having watched in awe for over fifteen years as they reported on the rise of Karl Rove, Moore and Slater expose the brutal and sometimes morally questionable, but invariably effective ways in which Karl Rove?and America's political system—actually operate.

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Introduction: Mr. Co-President.

1. Battles and Wars.

2. Timing Is Everything.

3. Perception Is Reality.

4. Suspicions and Clues.

5. A Number Two Mexican Dinner with One Taco Missing.

6. The Confirmation.


7. Never Young.

8. Face Value.

9. Perchance to Dream.

10. Gain with Pain.

11. Born to Run.


12. Voices in the Room.

13. He Shoots, He Scores.

14. A Win's a Win.

15. General Rove.

16. The Baghdad Road.

17. Yonder Goes Justice.



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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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"The second, and more substantial, of the recent books about Bush's longtime political partner, Karl Rove." (Austin American Statesman)
"Should force questions about having a win-at-all-costs political operative shaping White House policy as our nation moves toward war over the world's protests." (Austin American Statesman)
"Bush's Brain is also attracting attention for its stark claim that Rove has become America's "co-president"." (The London Times)
"If you want to understand the president's underlying motives, read the new book on his guru, Karl Rove, Bush's Brain. Penned by two crack Texas reporters, it discloses that in 1994 Mr. Rove, a hired gun for Philip Morris, persuaded the gubernatorial candidate George W. Bush to make tort reform a priority." (The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2003)
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