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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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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.
So many "political histories" are unreliable screeds by hyperpartisans on left or the right. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kevin_Schmidt
I thought I knew 90% of what there was to know. After reading Beforemthe Storm, I realized that number was actually about 2%... Read morePublished 17 days ago by vincent d scala
This is an amazingly detailed but incredibly readable explanation of how Barry Goldwater obtained the nomination in 1964, sure to be of interest to those who enjoy the era and what... Read morePublished 3 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
I am trying to understand how the United States degraded into the politically dysfunctional, completely polarized, war-mongering, corporate-ruled, welfare-soaked debtor nation we... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. Kelly
I'm late coming to this book, published twelve years ago as I write, but I'm glad a friend suggested it and Rick Perlstein's other exhaustive political history, Nixonland: The Rise... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cecil Bothwell
Until I read this book, Movement Conservatism was always a mystery to me. Perlstein is clearly not a conservative himself, but he is sympathetic enough in his retelling of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. M. Davis
What most people don't know about Barry Goldwater is that he would have been elected president had Kennedy not been assassinated. Read morePublished 16 months ago by nick
The book is about an interesting subject, but there were too many errors and unsupported facts. These errors and lack of support undermine the reliability of the book.Published 16 months ago by Jim K
If you think that the 1960's were the decade of the counter-culture and liberalism, you need to read this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by drohan00