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A Choice Not an Echo: The inside story of how American Presidents are chosen 3rd Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0686114864
ISBN-10: 0686114868
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Pere Marquette Pr; 3 edition (June 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0686114868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0686114864
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in part to promote Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign, Schlafly's book is also an astounding revelation of back room politics. For decades, groups of industry leaders created a web of influence specifically designed to defraud the American people of free elections at the highest level. This book provides shocking insight,an important history lesson, and is a must read for anyone (of all political affilliations) interested in liberty and the right to a free society.
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This was recommended to me by a friend, and it goes to show politics doesn't change all that much. This little book is a classic written at the time by a young energetic woman who was learning the dirty mess about politics back in the days of Goldwater.
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I got this 1964 copy of Schlafly's book. They cost seventy-five cents back then. This is one of the best books written on American politics and I wish I had read it sooner.

Schlafly covers the elections from 1936 to 1964 and her main point is that a secret behind-the-scenes powerful group controls the nomination process. She calls this group the kingmakers but it has been more often called the Establishment or the New York Establishment. More recently it has been called the Donor Class.

She describes how this mostly Republican group defeats any Republicans candidate who would challenge the Democratic-Republican establishment status quo. Nowadays we would call it the Democratic-RINO (Republican in Name Only) establishment. Its mouthpiece is the New York Times.

This group got Willkie nominated in 1940 as well as Dewey in 1944 and 1948. The objective was to stop any Republican wanting to decrease federal spending from which the group profits. Today we call it crony capitalism. The group couldn't stop Eisenhower but made sure to defeat Taft who would have meant less foreign aid and other federal spending. In 1960 they supported Nelson Rockefeller and made sure the Republican nominee Nixon lost to JFK.

The group consists mainly of bankers, top politicians, publishers and industrialists. Back then David Rockefeller of Chase Manhattan Bank seemed to be the leader. Today the group is probably more dispersed but probably still headquartered in New York. In 1964 the group failed to defeat the grassroots campaign to nominate Goldwater whom Schlafly supported. The book ends with her hoping Goldwater could overcome the establishment's efforts to sabotage his run for the presidency but we know he lost.
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Everyone should buy a copy and read if you live in America. This is a must read for anyone that wants to understand how it does not matter if you vote D or R in elections.
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