The Architect: Karl Rove and the Dream of Absolute Power (Paperback)
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
James Moore is the coauthor, with Wayne Slater, of the bestselling Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential and the author of Bush’s War for Reelection. Formerly an Emmy Award–winning television news correspondent, he has traveled extensively with every presidential campaign since 1976.
Wayne Slater is a senior political writer and an award-winning reporter for The Dallas Morning News. Previously, he was the Austin bureau chief of the paper for fifteen years and has covered state and national politics since 1984.
Praise for The Architect: Karl Rove and the Dream of Absolute Power…
Acclaim for The Architect
"Moore and Slater, relentless investigative reporters and great story tellers, have written the political exposé of the era. Only the architect himself has as thorough a grasp as these two of Rove's audacious blueprint for Republican Party dominance of American politics. Whether you want to learn from Rove or figure out how to stop him, this is the essential primer." —Bruce Buchanan, author of The Presidential Experience and The Policy Partnership
“A brisk, fearless, and often startling investigation into the life and works of Karl Rove. James Moore and Wayne Slater set new details about Rove’s personality and behavior within the political context of our times—and provide an unmistakable warning about Rove’s self-appointed mission.” —Joe Conason, author of Big Lies
“The Architect shines a light on the White House’s master of dog whistle politics and his ‘win at any cost’ tactics. In this riveting and startling exposé, Moore and Slater present a case study in hubris, overreach, and what happens when the tools and strengths of our democracy are used to undermine it. The authors show, with a keen sense of irony, how little Karl Rove even cares about the causes of those who march to his Pied Piper’s tune every four years. If you’ve ever felt that your country is in peril, read this book—it will confirm your worst fears.” —Arianna Huffington, author of Pigs at the Trough
“Imagine a cunning plot by a ruthless mastermind to seize control of the government of the United States. Now imagine that he succeeds. Then conjure up two sleuths dedicated to tracking him down who ultimately discover his ‘Rosebud,’ the shocking secret of his past that explains his ferocity. Karl Rove is the mastermind. James Moore and Wayne Slater are the fearless investigators. And The Architect is their startling report—the thriller of the decade.” —Sidney Blumenthal, author of The Clinton Wars
“A gripping story of the hijacking of the Republican party by Karl Rove, his allies from the radical right, and his corrupt cronies from K Street. A must read for any student of the history of our times.” —Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth