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

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In an astute and surprising history of the 1960s as the cradle of the conservative movement, Perlstein's gutsy narrative history profiles the rise of ... Show synopsis

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  • worth reading Mar 15, 2012
    by pollkatz

    -- if you're interested in the dark side of the 60s and the rise of the current version of the Republicans. Essentially, Perlstein's Nixonland, which is better, picks up where this book leaves off.

  • Hard to put down Apr 14, 2009
    by Arabella

    Before the Storm is written in a fluid, suspenseful manner that makes it hard to put down. I just couldn't stop reading. I read it during a week of illness and it actually made the week almost enjoyable. The book provides a tremendous amount of information on the origins of the modern conservative movement in the United States, using fascinating everyday details as well as the history of what was going on in the country and the world at the time. It helps explain what happened after the 1964 election and what's going on today, and it's a time machine for a trip back to the early 1960's. A great book.

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