Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (Paperback)

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    Rick Perlstein is the bestselling author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reaganand Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. His reviews, reporting, and essays have appeared in theNew York Times, New York Observer, New Republic, Washington Post,London Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, andThe New Yorker. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago.

    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.


    ISBN 9781568584126
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
    Format Paperback
    Pages 671
    Publisher Date 2009-03-16 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Nation Books
    Copyright Year 2001
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 2.0 in
    Unit weight 1.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Perlstein, Rick
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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      Perlstein provides a historical perspective on how the Republican Party of Eisenhower and Rockefeller went from being a group run by liberals and moderates in the 1950s, to a group of obsessive anti-communist warriors, driven by paranoia, narcissism, and macho triumphalism. Perlstein shows the way that American conservatives resented the rise of internationalists and economic planning after the failure of the "do nothing" congress to repeal the New Deal during the Truman administration, and how the desire to return to the economic order of the 1920s (or even earlier) fueled the rise of people like Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr., L. Brent Bozell, Phyllis Schlafly, Clarence Manion, and Barry Goldwater. Ultimately, Perlstein makes a strong case for the view that the defining political development of the 1960s was the rise of the "new right," and that we have lived ever since with an inability to understand and respond to their arguments and tactics.

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