It was learning how to act: how letters got written, how doors got knocked on, how co-workers could be won over on the coffee break, how to print a bumper sticker and how to pry one off with a razor blade; how to put together a network whose force exceeded the sum of its parts by orders of magnitude; how to talk to a reporter, how to picket, and how, if need be, to infiltrate--how to make the anger boiling inside you ennobling, productive, powerful, instead of embittering.These were practical lessons that anybody in politics must pick up. For conservatives, the rough indoctrination came in 1964, and Perlstein (who is not a conservative) tells their story in detail and with panache. Before the Storm is not a history of conservative ideas (for that, read The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, by George Nash), but a chronicle of how these ideas began to matter in politics. The victory of Ronald Reagan in 1980--to say nothing of Newt Gingrich in 1994 and George W. Bush in 2000--might not have been possible without the glorious failure of Barry Goldwater in 1964. As Perlstein writes, "You lost in 1964. But something remained after 1964: a movement. An army. An army that could lose a battle, suck it up, regroup, then live to fight a thousand battles more." --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An extraordinary examination of the fall and rise of the conservative movement in modern America.Published 11 days ago by Timothy J Sullivan
Most people under 50, even political junkies, know little to nothing about Barry Goldwater except, perhaps, that he got absolutely trounced by LBJ in the 1964 presidential race. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book detailing the state of affairs in the country in the late 50's and early 60's. Very well written for a history book and very insightful. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bradley G. Viles
Fascinating story of the origins of the modern conservative movement in the U.S. Be prepared for lots of detail. At times it comes close to a day-by-day narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alex Crippen
This book is a great portrait of Barry Goldwater and his times. The book deals specifically with the lead- up to the 1964 election and the movement that latched onto and surrounded... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandon Whisenhunt
This has been a long read but a good one. I lived through that time but was kind of young. One can see some real signposts for what was to come in the Republican party. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Hergert