Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press
Karl Rove, performing in March at correspondents dinner, has signed a book deal worth $1.5 million.

GOP strategist Karl Rove has agreed to write about his years as an adviser to President Bush in a deal worth more than $1.5 million with former colleague Mary Matalin's conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster, officials said Friday.

Rove, the architect of Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and one of the most influential political advisers of his time, signed the deal with Threshold Editions, the imprint's Publisher and Executive Vice President Louise Burke said from New York.

"All of us at Threshold are thrilled to publish the book from the man who had the president's ear for two terms," Burke said.

Said Matalin, a former adviser to Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and Threshold's editor in chief: "Karl was always in a league of his own in the world of electoral politics, and he now will literally create a unique genre for historians, policymakers, political junkies and serious readers."