Courage and Consequence

  • by Karl Rove
  • Narrated by Karl Rove
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the moment he set foot on it, Karl Rove has rocked America's political stage. He ran the national College Republicans at 22, 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. He addresses controversies head-on - from his role in the contest between Bush and Senator John McCain in South Carolina to the charges that Bush misled the nation on Iraq. In the course of putting the record straight, Rove takes on Democratic leaders who acted cynically or deviously behind closed doors, and even Republicans who lacked backbone at crucial moments.
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 listeners behind the scenes of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential contest,of tense moments aboard Air Force One on 9/11, of the decision to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq,of the hard-won 2004 reelection fight, and even of his painful three years fending off an indictment process. He spells out what it takes to win elections and how to govern successfully once a candidate has won.

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Listen to it and judge for yourself, definitely worth the listen!
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- George "George"

Thank you Mr Rove!

Having this audio book actually narrated by Mr Rove was just icing on the cake. This book provided great insight to the Bush years in the White House and many of those "little details" that seem to have been omitted by the mainstream media. I was also pleasantly surprised at Mr Rove's humility. Not many guys will confess to tearing up as much as he did in this book. The events of his childhood were also a revelation. Many people would have used those events to throw themselves a major pity party, but Mr Rove persevered and I believe became a better person for it. I already admired Mr Rove prior to the release of his book, but my admiration has since grown. Now I'll just wait to see how many come forward to try and dispute what is in this book and what tactics they will use to do so. A great read (or should I say listen) that I recommend to both conservatives and libs alike.
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- J. Collette "chief"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio