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Courage and Consequence: My Life
as a Conservative in the Fight
Author:                                     Karl Rove
Hardback:                               608 pages

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SYNOPSIS
From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked
America's political stage. He ran the national College 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.

In the course of putting the record straight, Rove takes on
Democratic leaders like Harry Reid and Tom Daschle who
acted cynically or deviously behind closed doors, and even
Republicans who lacked backbone at crucial moments.
Among other  topics Rove addresses, he sets the record
straight on:

  • The facts of his mother's suicide and reports of his
    father's alleged homosexuality
  • The accusation that he bugged his own office in Texas
  • The real story of how George W. Bush defeated
    governor Ann Richards
  • The details of Bush's stealth campaign to win the White
    House in 2000
  • Why Bush cratered in New Hampshire but prevailed in
    South Carolina in 2000
  • How Bush chose Dick Cheney as his vice president
  • How the Bush campaign managed Bush's DUI
  • The defection of Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords
  • The frustrating challenges of Hurricane Katrina
  • The facts behind Rove's painful three years fending off
    a federal indictment, and Why Obama is wrong on
    healthcare.

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
  • Every tense minute aboard Air Force One on 9/11
  • The decision to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and
  • The hard-won 2004 reelection fight.

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. He spells out what it takes to win
elections and how to govern successfully once a candidate has
won. 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 cost.SYNOPSIS
New for 2011
I must admit, I fell hook, line and sinker for the media's
version of Karl Rove as an evil man. Reading the book, he
person. I've been watching some of his media interviews this
have to take another look at him and the Bush
administration. I don't think I gave them a fair shake. I'm a
Democrat and my party has really abandoned me over the
last several months. Rove has me looking in another direction
now. I highly recommend Courage and Consequence to
anyone looking for the truth about Washington.  *****__Eric
(Tokyo, Japan)

When I first heard George W. Bush campaigning in 2000, I
was very impressed with his quality of being real while
outlining his dreams and goals, should he be successful in his
quest for the presidency.

No one could imagine the challenges that Bush would face as
President. And, he was much more successful than most
people are willing to concede. The financial melt-down that
overtook this country at the end of his tenure was the work
of people like Barnie Frank and Chris Dodd and generations
of "progressive" forces in this country pushing an
Un-American, redistributive notion that wealth is something
to be confiscated and then spread around and shared, rather
than be created.

While Rove and a few others have presented the truth of the
George W. Bush White House here and there over the years,
it is in "Courage and Consequence" that we are presented
with a clear, honest, well documented chronicle of the years
of public service by Bush and his trusted, remarkable advisor
Rove.

At the same time, no story could better illustrate the ideal of
the great American dream than the life-story of Karl Rove.
Here, he presents that story in a most readable fashion while
describing his astonishing grasp of the miracle of life and the
opportunities that it offers us when we seize it with passion
and a devoted belief in the sanctity and goodness of most
human beings. That Patrick Fitzgerald should spent years
trying to destroy this thoroughly honest, highly motivated
man only serves to remind us of the evil that does exist and
is served by people like Fitzgerald.

No matter your politics - if you don't find this book inspiring,
you are probably a hopeless cynic unable to shake the
tenacious nihilism and deadly progressivism that has been
eating away at this country's foundations for a hundred
years. *****__Thomas R. Crotty
About The Author: Karl Rove
served as Senior Advisor to 2000-2007
and Deputy Chief of Staff from
2004-2007. He now writes a weekly
op-ed for The Wall Street Journal and is
a Newsweek columnist and contributor
to Fox News.

At the White House Rove oversaw the
Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political
Affairs, Public Liaison, and
Intergovernmental Affairs and was
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy,
coordinating the White House
policy-making process.

Before he became known as "The
Architect" of President Bush's 2000 and
2004 campaigns, Rove was president of
Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based
public affairs firm that worked for
Republican candidates, non-partisan
causes, and non-profit groups. His clients
included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate,
Congressional, and gubernatorial
candidates in 24 states, as well as the
Moderate Party of Sweden.

A Colorado native, he attended the
University of Utah, the University of
Maryland-College Park, George Mason
University, and the University of Texas
at Austin.

Rove has taught graduate students at
Public Affairs and undergraduates in a
joint appointment from the Journalism
and Government departments at the
university. He was also a faculty
member at the Salzburg Seminar.
He was previously a member of the
Board of International Broadcasting,
which oversaw the operations of Radio
Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and
served on the White House Fellows
regional selection panel. He was also a
member of the Boards of Regents at
Texas Women's Union and East Texas
State University.

Rove now serves on the Board of
Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Foundation and the Texas State History
Museum Foundation. He is also a
member of the McDonald Observatory
Board of Visitors and the Texas
Philosophical Society