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Barry Goldwater: Native Arizonan (Oklahoma Wester Biographies) Hardcover – September, 1997

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A biography of a nationally prominent politician that emphasizes the local. Retired US senator Barry Goldwater has been the subject of several recent biographies, most concentrating on his influence in national conservative politics and military affairs. Iverson (History/Arizona State Univ.) deals with those issues, but he is more concerned with Goldwater's origins as a native Arizonan and the long shadow he casts on local politics even today. Iverson traces Goldwater's several careers, as a department-store operator (the family business being a legacy from Goldwater's grandfather Morris, a Jewish pioneer who came to Arizona in the 1850s), as an airplane pilot, as a soldier, and as a politician, first as a member of the Phoenix city council and then as a national figure. In all these endeavors Goldwater labored to see Arizona develop as an economic power, and he was successful: In tourism and natural-resources extraction and as an outpost of the military-industrial complex, the state leads the Southwest, largely thanks to Goldwater's lobbying. At the same time, Goldwater preached a message of antifederalism and state's rights, decrying such things as ``the aping of socialism and the appeasing of the Communists of Russia'' (this during the conservative Eisenhower administration) and galvanizing the political right in the process. Iverson analyzes with special care local aspects of Goldwater's 1964 run for the presidency, and he attributes Goldwater's resounding loss (he barely carried even Arizona) in part to the ineptitude of his Arizona-drawn campaign team at the national level. Despite the loss, Iverson writes, Goldwater paved the way for the triumph of conservatism that would manifest itself with Ronald Reagan's election 16 years later. Although it's of rather narrow interest, Iverson's book is a highly useful addition to the study of Arizona politics. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oklahoma Wester Biographies (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806129581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806129587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,811,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By on December 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an easily readable and well balanced biography of a man whose love of the land where he was born enabled him to guide the development of the state to its economic heights of today. Tthe author is a history professor at Arizona State. He has well researched his material and had access to Goldwater's papers as well. A fine gift for Democrat or Republican or anyone interested in the development of the state.
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