Karl Rove has found himself amid scandal, success and controversy since he entered the American political scene as the GOP’s biggest power broker.

A book by New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Craig Unger takes readers right up to the 2012 election with “Boss Rove.”

As the Republican Party grapples with the stunning defeat it suffered at the hands of Barack Obama, Rove’s future and legacy are in jeopardy. He not only has critics on the left. He’s got many on the right.

The book is essential background reading for anyone con where the GOP goes in 2014 and 2016. Does Rove deserve another shot? Does he have the best interests of the party and the conservative cause in mind? Or is this all about personal wealth and power?

Since exiting the Bush administration, Rove has quietly become the biggest 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 of money through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations, and channel it on behalf of Republican candidates.

But in 2012, his investments didn’t pay off.

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

Here are some of the questions answered in “Boss Rove”:

  • How did he 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 further benefited from a Romney victory? And since Romney lost, will Rove remain powerful? Unger has the answers.

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