Bill Israel’s ... book explains exactly how Karl Rove and the political right falsely “framed” information for the news media and the American people, effectively distorting and re-defining reality in order to manufacture consent. It should be a wake-up call to every American ... . –Charles Lewis, founder, Center for Public Integrity; and founder, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University
An impressive and indispensable book – Bill Israel tracks how Karl Rove hijacked our politics, updated the art of propaganda and set out to emasculate mainstream American journalism. Be forewarned: You’ll never view news again in quite the same way. –Wayne Slater, co-author, Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
For those who wish to understand Karl Rove in a historical and social context, here is an indispensable account. Professor Israel – who once taught with Rove and observed his modus operandi at first hand – has [produced] ... an analysis ... that should stimulate debate on the present state of political communication in America. –Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow, U.K.
Rove and the Right still are undercutting news to achieve long-term political control. This book tells how. –William P. Hobby, Jr., former Texas Lieutenant Governor and former president, The Houston Post
Israel has put clothes on the stick figure of Rove, the man behind ... George W. Bush. Israel has written an ... important and highly personal story of Rove’s early days in Texas ... as well as his later success in neutralizing the Washington press corps in the run-up to the war in Iraq. An important work of both history and journalism. –Edward M. Fouhy, former executive at CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News; founding director, Pew Center for Civic Journalism
[A] fine writer and scholar, Bill Israel has applied perspective and data to show how Rove’s approach is distorting our fundamental beliefs in everything from journalism to government ... . –James C. Moore, co-author, Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
“Politics,” Professor Israel tells us, “is the art of war in the United States.” If so, then Karl Rove is its consummate field general, and his story is one that everyone in the reality-based community needs to learn from. Israel is ideally situated to tell a compelling version of that story as someone who has seen Rove operate in multiple roles and has known him at his best and worst. –D. Charles Whitney, Northwestern University School of Communication
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bill Israel (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor of Journalism and Political Communication and director of Graduate Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He has worked as reporter, editor, or photojournalist for a number of news media, including The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, CBS Radio and ABC-TV. He also worked as press secretary for politicians in Iowa, California, and Washington, D.C.
280 pages / 5.25 x 8.25 format / 2011 copyright / Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9826597-6-2, $24.95