Karl Rove's Memoir: Act of Vengeance

In Courage and Consequence, his tale of the George W. Bush years, Karl Rove disses his critics and defends the boss. No news there

Illustration by Stephen Kroninger for TIME; Rove: John Beale / AP; Bush: Jack Plunkett / AP

There is not much news in Karl Rove's memoir, Courage and Consequence, which is something of a moral triumph for the author. Rove is nothing if not loyal, and these sorts of books tend to create a stir only when they betray the boss. A significant amount of dirt is dished here — an astonishing amount, actually; this is a work of titanic pettiness — but it's all tossed at enemies of George W. Bush. One example: Hillary Clinton is criticized for sitting down, rather than standing, for a photo with rescue workers three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bush,...

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