James Moore and Wayne Slater’s ‘The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power’

By James Henson
Saturday, September 02, 2006

“There is no more compelling subject in contemporary American politics, and perhaps in our country’s electoral history, than Karl Christian Rove,” James Moore and Wayne Slater write on the first page of their new book.

Though such hyperbole is unnecessary, it doesn’t detract fatally from “The Architect.” Moore, an Austin-based journalist, and Slater, senior political writer for The Dallas Morning News, paint a sharp portrait of an intelligent, ruthless and deeply cynical man. Though this is their second book on Rove (after 2003’s “Bush’s Brain”), there’s little overlap. “Bush’s Brain” focused on Rove’s rise and the development of his association with George W. Bush; “The Architect” focuses on how he pursued the creation of an enduring Republican hegemony.

The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power James Moore and Wayne Slater Crown Books, $25.95 On sale Tuesday

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