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Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus

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ISBN13: 9780809028580
ISBN10: 0809028581
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A bold and astute narrative history of conservatism's climb and one of the best-reviewed books of 2001.

Rick Perlstein's Before the Storm tells the story of the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s — a story that, until this book, had never been told. The figure at the heart of the story is, of course, Barry Goldwater, the handsome renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed the federal government, despised liberals on sight, and mocked "peaceful coexistence" with the USSR. But Perlstein's narrative shines a light on a whole world of conservatives and their antagonists, including William F. Buckley, Nelson Rockefeller, and Bill Moyers. Vividly and thrillingly written, Before the Storm is already recognized as an essential book about the 1960s.

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Rick Perlstein writes for The Nation, Slate, and The New York Times. He was named one of The Village Voice's Writers on the Verge in 2000 and received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Devon, September 25, 2006 (view all comments by Devon)
This book has a bit of a rough start, but it is an essential book to understanding where we are in the United States today, both in terms of the rise of the right wing and the decline of the left. It's also very engaging - Goldwater's personality emerges vividly, as do those of the many more obscure figures who drove the rise of movement conservatism in the early years. If you want to know how to bring your movement from wandering in the wilderness (figuratively at least) to the halls of power, start here.
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Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
Perlstein, Rick
Perlstein, Rick
Hill and Wang
History & Theory
United States - 20th Century
History & Theory - General
Publication Date:
April 2002
8.32x5.60x1.29 in. 1.68 lbs.

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