Before the Storm

Before the Storm

Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus

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Baker & Taylor
A vivid account of the birth of modern conservatism retraces the efforts of William F. Buckley, the John Birch Society, thousands of students, and Barry Goldwater to introduce a new strand of conservative thought to American politics. 10,000 first printing.

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It was a time much like the present, says New York-based history and current affairs writer Perlstein: the end of the 1950s with the US affluent, confident, and convinced that politics was dead. Then liberal Kennedy was elected, and southern and midwest conservatives conspired to challenge the center-left consensus, gathering around the white-hat cowboy Goldwater. He explains that when Goldwater was trounced by Johnson in 1964, pundits wrote the movement off as dead, but in fact the consensus was shattered, and the country has moved steadily into separate and suspicious camps since then. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An account of the birth of modern conservatism retraces the efforts of William F. Buckley, the John Birch Society, thousands of students, and Barry Goldwater to introduce a new strand of conservative thought to American politics.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809028597
080902859X
Branch Call Number: 973.92 PE
Characteristics: p. cm

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Aug 02, 2017

Excellent book about the birth and rise of the modern conservative movement. It forms a kind of trilogy with Perlstein's other, equally excellent, books: "Nixonland" and "The Invisible Bridge." Unlike many historians, Perlstein's writes vividly with wit, sharpness, and fierce intelligence.

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