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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Perlstein makes the case that the truly counter-cultural influence of the decade was the onset of the modern conservative movement.
It shows how, despite all these flaws, a young journalist can wright a great book about one of the most surprising political movements in modern American history.
Briefly the book tells the story of Barry Goldwater's Presidential campaign of 1964 and the incredible political landscape of the early 1960's.
Have now read 3 of Perlsteins book thoroughly enjoyed all of them. A much better understanding of how the Republican Party changed from the northeastern moderate party to the far... Read morePublished 3 days ago by C. Stricklin
I read Nixonland first and am catching up with Perlstein's opus with this book. His scholarship is stellar. Highest recommendation. On to the Reagan book now.Published 24 days ago by R. Jones
Excellent history. Dense, detailed, illuminating. Organization is a little confusing at times. Will read of h err two books of the trilogy.Published 26 days ago by Donald L. Davis
A few months ago I read Rick Perlstein';s outstanding look at the rise of Ronald Reagan in his magisterial ":The invisible Bridge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. M Mills
A great read, but might be a bit rich on detail for some readers.Published 1 month ago by Louis Boon
Extremely readable political history of the American Conservative movement 1957-64. Birchers, Bigots, Buckleys and... Barry Goldwater. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawn Young
Great reminder of the resiliency of the so-called "right wing" for those (Republicans
and Democrats) who regularly predict their demise and eventual extinction. Read more
Terrific history and evocation of America's most divisive decade. I especially liked an observation Perlstein makes about Goldwater's lifelong misconception that all capitalist... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Blilie
So many "political histories" are unreliable screeds by hyperpartisans on left or the right. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin_Schmidt