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With No Apologies Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1980 edition (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042504663X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425046630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This little book is a very good biography of a great man.
Christine Short
Until you know what he saw, you are not aware of what really goes on in D.C. Too bad we don't have more like him.
Lawrence Miller
What if Goldwater defeated LBJ in the 1964 election, imagine would our great country look like now?
S. DeGiorgio

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "grandiloquos" on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Senator Barry M. Goldwater in this book of memoirs provides us with important background information to much of what was going on in Washington in the years in which he represented Arizona in the Senate. I found especially interesting and informative his discussions of the McCarthy era, his unsuccessful race against Lyndon Johnston for President in 1964, and the fall of the Nixon presidency. Goldwater was one of the most vocal representatives of conservatism before the rise of neo-conservatism, and much conservative wisdom and common sense can be found in this book.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rod D. Martin on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As everyone sadly knows, Barry Goldwater -- never a quitter -- failed to quit while he was ahead. No one will ever know, I guess, whether he became senile in his old age; but as time progressed, the fierce champion of the Right became more and more the gadfly, happily reveling in taking abhorrent Leftist stands and letting the media use him, laughing at him all the while.

These memoirs are Goldwater before the fall, the man who gave us the modern conservative movement, still in rare form and fighting the good fight. Published in 1979, they include not only his political thoughts but his autobiography too (the book is worth buying simply for Goldwater's recounting of the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis, which have not generally been reported as this Armed Services Committee member actually witnessed them).

Ronald Reagan said of this book that "everyone in America should read this frank accounting of backstage Washington by an honest man. With No Apologies is required reading for those who want to know the inner workings of the political world." I couldn't agree more; and we may all be deeply grateful that the good Senator gave us this tome before his decline began.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Raised as a Democrat by a Democratic family, I happily lived under the firm belief that all Republicans and conservatives were selfish, greedy individuals who had no concern for the common good. As a child of the 60's and the Vietnam era, I held strong to my beliefs well into my early 30s.

Then, in a leadership forum, I was given a copy of this book to read. In fact, a friend of mine, a man I had great respect for, made me promise that I would read it (he was battling cancer and I reluctantly agreed). I tried to race through it, but found myself going back time and time again to gain greater understanding of the mind of Goldwater. From then on, I was never the same.

If you want to understand the mind of the conservative and understand what real compassion is, read this book. It's dated now, but the concepts remain the same, and you can revisit the brilliant mind of Goldwater.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. DeGiorgio on April 22, 2010
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Change the dates and one would believe that the events described were occurring in 2010. Thirty years after this book was written, political and social corruption are still prevalent in our society, only the names and dated have changed. Barry Goldwater was a true poster boy of the biased media. He was a statesman that was "understated". During his career, Goldwater was portrayed as a war monger and even a lunatic, while his true greatness was overlooked and diminished.
This was one of the best books that I have read in many years. one of those books that is difficult to put down.
What if Goldwater defeated LBJ in the 1964 election, imagine would our great country look like now?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on July 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"With No Apologies" is Barry Goldwater's 1979 autobiography, political memoir and call to action. The early parts of the book relate Goldwater's family background, youth and initial involvement in politics. Beyond his own circumstances, we get a feel for the Arizona of the first half of the Twentieth Century. With that out of the way, Goldwater moves into his analysis of issues and events which occurred during his public life. His assessments of John F. Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, among others, make for very interesting reading. They give the reader an insight into the subjects described as well as Goldwater's own world view.

Goldwater's account of his own rise as a conservative spokesman and his memories of the 1964 campaign give a unique perspective into a segment of our national story. As I read about Goldwater's take on the process by which Spiro Agnew was chosen as Richard Nixon's running mate, it dawned on me that I remembered no reference to his own choice of William Miller in 1964. Sure enough, Miller's name does not appear in the index.

At the end of the book, Goldwater shifts into a condemnation of the policies of the Carter administration with a call for a groundswell to unseat it. We now know the rest of that story.

I appreciate this book for its tales of the somewhat old West and the critical analysis of events from about 1950 to 1979. I like a book that gives a different perspective than one would get in other works and this one surely does that. I have not read his later autobiography, "Goldwater", so maybe that would be a better place for a reader to start, but I have to think that "With No Apologies" maintains a role for its snapshot of the state of a mind and memory.
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