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Before the storm : Barry Goldwater and the unmaking of the American consensus

Author: Rick Perlstein
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Before the Storm begins in a time very much like the present--the tail end of the 1950s, with America affluent, confident, and convinced that political ideology was a thing of the past. But when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960, conservatives--Midewestern businessmen, Sun Belt suburbanites, Southern segregationists, and thousands of college students--formed a movement to challenge the center-left  Read more...
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Named Person: Barry M Goldwater; Barry M Goldwater; Barry Morris Goldwater; Barry M Goldwater, Politiker 1909-1998.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Perlstein
ISBN: 080902859X 9780809028597
OCLC Number: 44090431
Description: xvi, 671 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Manionites --
Merchant prince --
Working together for the world --
Conscience --
The meeting of the Blue and White Nile --
Quickening --
Stories of Orange County --
Apocalyptics --
Off year --
Suite 3505 --
Mobs --
New mood in politics --
Granite State --
President of all the people --
United and at peace with itself --
Golden State --
Duty --
Conventions --
Don't mention the great pumpkin --
Campaign trails --
Citizens --
Foregone conclusions.
Responsibility: Rick Perlstein.
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"Before the Storm begins in a time very much like the present--the tail end of the 1950s, with America affluent, confident, and convinced that political ideology was a thing of the past. But when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960, conservatives--Midewestern businessmen, Sun Belt suburbanites, Southern segregationists, and thousands of college students--formed a movement to challenge the center-left consensus. They chose as their hero Barry Goldwater--a rich, handsome Arizona Republican who hated liberalism even mor than he did Moscow--and they grew determined to see him elected President. Goldwater was trounced by Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The pundits left conservatism for dead. But by the campaign's end, the consensus found itself squeezed from the left and from the right. As early as 1967 Johnson's Great Society programs were blocked by conservatives in Congress, and the movement had arrived; by 1980 a new conservative standard-bearer, Ronald Reagan, was elected President. Today many of Goldwater's ideas are conventional wisdom for Republications and Democrats alike. Rick Perlstein's original and provocative account of the 1960s as the cradle of the conservative movement is also about a revolution in political culture: fears of threats abroad giving way to concerns of disorder at home; campaigns plotted in back rooms giving way to those staged for television; Americans beginning to think of their nation as divided, not united. Filled with portraits of figures from George Wallace to Nelson Rockefeller to Bill Moyers, Before the Storm is a gutsy narrative history that adds greatly to our understanding of that controversial era--and of our own."--book jacket.

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