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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (October 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300072570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300072570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Goldwater was probably the most important loser in the history of American presidential elections. Although Lyndon Baines Johnson easily defeated him in the 1964 race, Goldwater fundamentally reshaped politics in the United States. As biographer Robert Alan Goldberg shows, Goldwater helped Republicans cut their demographic and financial ties to the Northeast and pushed their influence to the South and West. More important, however, he ushered in the modern conservative movement as a genuine political force.

Goldberg, a professor of history at the University of Utah, writes as a political liberal who holds deep sympathies for Goldwater. During his 1964 campaign, a popular Goldwater slogan was: "In your heart, you know he's right." Goldberg isn't trying to convince readers of this, but it's hard to come away from his book without thinking he still could teach his country a thing or two. --John J. Miller

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Breitinger on April 8, 2000
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Goldberg's biography is the definitive work on Mr. Conservative, Barry Goldwater. Essential reading for anyone interested in Goldwater and an excellent reminder that Goldwater's brand of conservatism is a far cry from the conservatism of the religious right. The book is a balanced view of the man from Arizona written by a scholar with an engaging and highly readable writing style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lehigh History Student VINE VOICE on January 13, 2010
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Robert Goldberg provides an excellent and balanced look at the life and legacy of Barry Goldwater in his biography that is becoming the standard for those wanting to learn more about the man who shaped the modern conservative party. From Arizona senator to presidential hopeful to conservative icon Barry Goldwater's career was shaped by his viewpoints on limited government, military power and a strict interpretation of the constitution (until later in his career on the last one). Goldberg takes a wonderful look at the elections, the debates and the bills that shaped Goldwater's viewpoints and articulates the salient information for learning more about the man. It is an easy read and one that is filled with great information about a conservative icon.
One of the most striking things learned about Goldwater is that he perfected the grassroots efforts of a modern politician combined with the stumping of a politician from the 1880's which plays well in his local politics but not well on the national scene. Goldwater's policies on Vietnam and Civil Rights are assessed in the book and while the author seems to get on a soapbox for part of the time he covers the legislation aspect adequately. Given how hard it is to find any book on Goldwater that is not biased one way or the other this remains the most balanced I have seen and I would recommend as the one to read.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Hogan VINE VOICE on November 22, 2000
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Barry Goldwater,as someone once pointed out, last name speaks of the 2 most important things in the American west. this biography,meticulous in its balance,shows Goldwater from his lonely days as a western conservative ina republican party dominated with eastern power and money{how wird does that sound now?],to his latter days a conscience of the conservaties,who found little to cheer about from the new right who claimed its parnetage to him.From his biting prescience on LBJ and Vietnam, to his condemnation of modern politcs,Goldwater was an original.truly .Would his vision and sheer balls be available on this convuluted and viscious landscape of politics today.Very,very well written,balanced,nuanced biography of a seminal figure of modern america.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By starbase129 on June 3, 2013
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I am just into this book, but very enlightening. Some who call themselves conservative nowadays might be suprised at some of Barry's positions on certain issues (abortion, gays in the military, etc.).
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