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Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to the presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who some claim helped seize the 2004 election for Bush, and who was at the center of the Bush administration’s two biggest scandals—the Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the US attorneys scandal—is back.

Since exiting the Bush administration, Rove has quietly become the greatest republican power broker in the country. His pulpit is much vaster than his role as a commentator on Fox News and his regular columns for the Wall Street Journal suggest. His real strength is his ability to mobilize immense sums through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations and channel that money on behalf of republican candidates.

Knowing that Rove remains connected and powerful, Unger investigates Rove’s politically controversial activities of times past, shedding important new light on them, and shows their relevance to his activities today. He scrutinizes Rove’s roles in the Valerie Plame Wilson affair, the US attorneys scandal, the strange events in Ohio on the night of the 2004 presidential election, and much more.

But now that Rove is back in control of GOP political strategy and funding, there are pressing new questions: How did Rove do an end-around on the Republican National Committee and build his own more powerful organization? In what ways did he subtly and not so subtly influence the 2012 Republican primary process? What did he say (and do) regarding candidates Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum? How did he placate the Tea Party, which he privately despises, even as he cleverly marginalized its importance? How did he and Mitt Romney draw closer as the GOP convention neared? How would he have benefited from a Romney victory? And despite Romney’s loss, why will Rove remain powerful? Unger has the answers.

As demonstrated in his previous books, Unger is adept at combining incisive reporting with the journalistic record to create a master narrative that sheds new light on a political subject. Detailed, fascinating, and entertaining, Boss Rove will interest not only listeners who want to know more about the 2012 election but also those keen to understand the forces endangering American democracy. This up-to-the-minute journalistic report sheds crucial light on Rove’s vital behind-the-scenes role in the 2012 presidential election and in the future of American politics.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daisie | 5/18/2013

    " Even more interesting to read with the added vindication of the 2012 election. It's like reading a suspense thriller, having already been spoiled that the killer will get his comeuppance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lynn Peterson | 5/4/2013

    " Meh. Just so so. Already knew most of it. Unfairly left slanted, as if Enver Hoxha ghosted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas Stevenson | 4/21/2013

    " If you ever had questions about American elections, and after Florida who doesn't, then this book will make you wonder about who gets elected and how. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ang | 3/21/2013

    " Can we all just agree that Karl Rove is a monumental asshole? I mean, Republicans and Democrats alike, I think we can all agree that he's not a very nice man. Wins elections though, eh? Or used to. *chuckle* "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”