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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 Barry Goldwater, the rich, handsome Arizona Republican who scorned the federal bureaucracy and despised liberals on sight.16 pp. of photos. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
pollkatz

worth reading

by pollkatz on Mar 15, 2012

-- 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.

Arabella

Hard to put down

by Arabella on Apr 14, 2009

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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