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

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PublicAffairs, Mar 17, 2009 - History - 704 pages
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Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s. At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal government, despised liberals, and mocked "peaceful coexistence" with the USSR. 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 written, Before the Storm is an essential book about the 1960s.
 

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Before the Storm describes the beginnings of the modern Republican/Democratic split. For example in 1960, Vermont went Republican which seems laughably impossible these days. In 1964 it went Democrat ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve_Walker - LibraryThing

One of the best histories of the American conservative movement. Perlstein does an excellent job of describing the twists and turns that led the Republican party to embrace Goldwater. In his narrative ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Manionites
3
2 Merchant Prince
17
3 Working Together for the World
43
4 Conscience
61
5 The Meeting of the Blue and White Nile
69
6 Quickening
99
7 Stories of Orange County
120
8 Apocalyptics
141
15 United and at Peace with Itself
313
16 Golden State
333
17 Duty
356
18 Conventions
371
19 Dont Mention the Great Pumpkin
409
20 Campaign Trails
429
21 Citizens
471
22 Foregone Conclusions
488

9 Off Year
158
10 Suite 3505
171
11 Mobs
201
12 New Mood in Politics
247
13 Granite State
265
14 President of All the People
299
Notes
517
Selected Bibliography
627
Acknowledgments
635
Index
639
Permissions Acknowledgments
672
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Rick Perlstein is the bestselling author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. His reviews, reporting, and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Observer, New Republic, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation, and the New Yorker. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago.

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