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Architect

From Publishers Weekly
This bold follow-up to journalists Moore and Slater’s bestseller, Bush’s Brain, takes a provocative look at how Karl Rove used George Bush’s various campaigns and presidency to engineer nothing less than the assertion of a long-term Republican hegemony and the complete dismantling of the Democratic Party. To make their case, they draw on a wide range of materials, including interviews and reportage done by other journalists to demonstrate how Rove mobilized his party’s base, forging an unlikely alliance between religious and economic conservatives, while mounting targeted assaults on gays and lesbians, trial lawyers and labor unions. Yet in this narrative, his bid for a complete realignment of American politics begins to derail with the failure of Bush’s Social Security reform plan, the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and, most significantly, the implication of Rove in the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity. In this damning but scattered account, Rove remains an elusive, almost inhuman figure, despite short digressions about his relationship with his gay stepfather and his weekly brunches with members of the White House and RNC teams during the reelection campaign. The result is a compulsive page-turner that’s bound to be divisive. (Sept. 12) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist
Moore and Slater, authors of the best-selling Bush’s Brain(2003), take a scalpel to dissect that brain in this probing look at the personality and political strategizing of Karl Rove. They offer a portrait of a bright, cynical, and manipulative man bent on maintaining Republican political dominance for generations to come. Himself an agnostic, Rove has masterminded a strategy that has helped to broaden the Republican base beyond its pro-business, anti-government heritage to appeal to devout evangelicals. In a calculated effort to weaken the Democratic base, Rove has engineered plans to use the antiabortion stance to attract Catholics, the anti-gay stance to attract black churchgoers, and the pro-Israel stance to attract Jews. Moore and Slater trace Rove’s fingerprints on the Bush campaign for Texas governor, where he honed his skills at surreptitious campaigns to smear opponents, often with hints at their sexual orientation. The authors reveal that while gay bashing has figured prominently in Republican campaigns, many of their insiders are gay. Moore and Slater also detail Rove’s connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff as well as Rove’s involvement in the orchestration of the war in Iraq. The authors maintain that these tactics are all part of a scheme to maintain Republican dominance of all aspects of American government for the next 30 years. Riveting investigative journalism. Vanessa Bush
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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