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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Rich Perlstein has produced an excellent book filled with anecdotes as he has the ability to make history come alive.
Briefly the book tells the story of Barry Goldwater's Presidential campaign of 1964 and the incredible political landscape of the early 1960's.
Perlstein makes the case that the truly counter-cultural influence of the decade was the onset of the modern conservative movement.
I read this after reading Perlsten's other two more recent books on conservatism. It's not quite as good as they are, but if you read those and liked them I can guarantee you'll... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michael Lehrman
Perlstein is a bit hard to read as he digresses with sometimes long discussion when new players are introduced. Read morePublished 10 days ago by T. Huston
If anyone is interested in understanding why today's right wing is so harsh, read Rick Perlstein's books. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Agnes Meo
Fascinating,enlightening, frightening. What most surprised me was how many names I recognized and how many arguments I'd already heard before. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jonathon R. Howard
Superb, witty, well written, account of the beginnings of Republican extreme conservative movement.Published 14 days ago by Sandy Thomson
Rick Pearlstein is a snarky left winger, but in THIS volume he got his facts right. the takeover of the Republican Party by its rank and file is a story that ought to be told... Read morePublished 27 days ago by David S. Levine
Excellent historical description of how Barry became a figure for the right. Well written and even humorous at times. MUST read along with the author's other 2 books.Published 29 days ago by Rhonda
Started this series hoping to read the history of the rise of the conservative movement. Won't be finishing the trilogy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vern Kovarik