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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karl Rove Narrator: Karl Rove Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781442334076
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From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked America’s political stage. He ran the national College Republicans at twenty-two and turned a Texas dominated 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 controversial 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 presidential running mate;
– 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 health care.

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 costs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Courage and Consequence is an entertaining and enlightening memoir, written by a man who is well aware he will continue to be a polarizing figure no matter where he goes from here.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/18/2014

    " Humanizes a much politicized and demonized political wingman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Chambers | 2/18/2014

    " TH ebook cleared up some of the inner workings of Rove and why W depended on him to win an election "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Mollerup | 2/14/2014

    " Maligned in the media as the evil mind behind the Bush administration, Karl Rove's side of the story sheds light on what what was really happening during the Bush years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenalyn C | 2/10/2014

    " As a daily newspaper reader I am frustrated that it is impossible to get an unbiased commentary of the news by the media. Rove's book was so interesting and explained many of the incidents I had seen splashed in the news, including 9/11, the war in Iraq, Katrina, and people including John Kerry and the Wilson-Plames. I contend that George W. Bush was an excellent president. I wish I would have known the inner-workings of the White House during his presidency so I could have countered the 100% negative comments I heard from non-Americans in my travels. Yes, there is a lot of corruptness and large egos in politics, but I am certain there are also people with high ideals and yes, even integrity. I love America! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/6/2014

    " Karl Rove's book is a truly outstanding look into his, George Bush's and the Bush administration's facts, accomplishments, challenges and evolution. Its gives a much needed perspective on Bush years in Texas and the White House. A must read for anyone interested in a factual view of a hugely important piece of our recent history. It is a thorough (520 pages and 516 notes covering 43 pages) word picture of one of the most important times in our Nations near history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricky | 1/31/2014

    " Its an interesting peek on what has happened "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 1/23/2014

    " Great book ... Clears up a lot of misconceptions about the Bush administration that liberal media seems to report as gospel!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting inside look at politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Opa | 1/17/2014

    " Mr. Rove has certainly been successful but this book is a sad commentary on the life of a politician. He is surrounded by and has to deal with people who lie, steal and have zero integrity. Rove is a sad person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 1/15/2014

    " Listened to the abridged version on cd on a drive from Austin and Lubbock and back... Enjoyed it, but don't think I would have made it through the entire print version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Hubek | 1/5/2014

    " Insightful look into the Bush administration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Basham | 12/19/2013

    " Very interesting story of the Bush 43 White House. Rove was honest about himself and about Bush, and revealed facts about Democrats that shouldn't have shocked me, but did. (He cited his sources, so it wasn't just "opinion". ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/30/2013

    " Very good read. It was interesting to read a book about the events that took place in my life time. Getting a better understanding of the events from a different source then the media. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 10/24/2013

    " This book gives a vivid and compelling inside look at political campaigns, and a first hand account of the George W. Bush administration. I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Walton | 3/30/2013

    " Great read and a great glipse into the real Bush White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 9/21/2012

    " It is a good job Karl Rove doesn't make his living writing- he's terrible. In some ways a very accomplished man, he also reveals some deep flaws. I don't agree with his takes on many things, but I love him because he makes liberals hyperventilate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/6/2012

    " Good read. Lots of information from the insiders point of view. Some new insights on why things aren't always as they seem or as they are reported. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 1/27/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An insider account of the rise of President George W. Bush from someone who helped him reach the Oval Office. Rove is also revealing about the costs, both personal and financial, that can result from being at the center of American political life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Healey | 9/16/2011

    " I was never a big Karl Rove fan until I read his book. The man is a genius and deserves more credit then he gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/25/2011

    " The George Bush years are probably too recent for anyone but Republicans to enjoy this book, but it is a very interesting look at the Bush years. His chapters on 9/11 and the drama surrounding the 2000 Presidential election are particularly fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Kim | 5/27/2011

    " I thought the book was terribly boring...I had high expectations...didn't pan out for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " a great read, insightful, poignant, real, moving "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/16/2011

    " I couldn't write a better review here than the one by Howard Olsen. I agree with everything he wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/17/2011

    " I was never a big Karl Rove fan until I read his book. The man is a genius and deserves more credit then he gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tal | 1/4/2011

    " Very interesting read filled with lots of facts / details of the Bush years. Halfway through and can't put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/16/2010

    " Humanizes a much politicized and demonized political wingman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/28/2010

    " Good read. Lots of information from the insiders point of view. Some new insights on why things aren't always as they seem or as they are reported. "

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