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Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater Paperback – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010
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Flying High is a great read if you have any interest at all in the emergence of the modern day conservative movement. In light of the current political season and two candidates that are essentially trying to claim that they are moderate, or at the very least not on the extreme ends of the continuum as a liberal or a conservative, the story of conservatives not ashamed to identify themselves as such is somewhat refreshing.
I am struck by the sheer force of character and the price that is paid to be a person of character, particularly in the world of rough and tumble politics. If you have never read anything about Goldwater, this would be a good start and you will no doubt want to read The Conscience of a Conservative, actually ghost written by Brent Bozell, though released under Goldwater's name.
There was so much here I had never known, for instance the fact that Buckley played no role at all in the 1964 campaign (well, officially anyway). While I had heard the stories about Bozell writing Conscience of a Conservative, the way that book was revered in this book is also fascinating. The story about the 1964 Reagan speech on Goldwater's behalf was interesting, all the way from how it was funded to Goldwater's reaction to it to Reagan's reaction when Goldwater called him about it.
My only complaint about the book; It wasn't longer. It would have liked to have known a little more about what appeared to be the final meeting between Buckley and Goldwater. If you've read Buckley's The Reagan I Knew, you know he talks in more details of their final meeting. If you're a fan of the '64 campaign, a fan of the movement, or a fan of either Buckley or Goldwater, you've got to give this book a try. If you give it 30 minutes, you can get a decent way into it and judge the rest.
From the 100 student activists who were part of the foundation to the modern conservative movement, to the oftentimes hilarious controversies caused by (wannabe) political insiders and adding new twists to key moments which may have faded from the pages of history, the 208 pages prove that richness is not only found in thick volumes.
The friendship of Senator Barry Goldwater and Buckley, Jr., are found on each page, but this is a story of two extraordinary personalities who pushed away the clouds and reached to the blue sky, due to the realization that a revolution in political culture could be had over time by flying high.
This is a “what I saw at the revolution” type book. In a short, but informative narrative, Mr. Buckley takes us behind the scenes, showing who did what, and when, and why. I must admit to being largely ignorant of Barry Goldwater, but I found this book to be intriguing and informative, keeping me turning the pages and watching those heady days unfold.
Overall, I found this to be a very interesting book. It is short and easy to read, and yet packs quite a wallop – there is no unnecessary detail or wasted verbiage here! If you are interested in Barry Goldwater and/or where the modern Conservative movement came from, then you should get this book. I think that it is probably the perfect Goldwater Revolution book, and I give it my highest recommendations.
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