- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935785028
- ISBN-13: 978-1935785026
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
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The Conscience of a Conservative
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"The book lays out, clearly and succinctly, [Goldwater's] uncompromising views. Goldwater held freedom as the highest value in American society: freedom from law, freedom from government, freedom from anybody else's vision but your own. You can argue with him on the particulars, but there's something compelling about his quintessentially American notion of self-reliance."--David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
"The new Conscience of a Conservative takes what might be called the 'anti-fusionist' side in the Goldwater wars...The Conscience of a Conservative continues to be read today because it isn't a political tract, a soulless campaign book of the sort generated by every other modern presidential effort."--Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative
Praise for the original edition: "Goldwater's conservatism is not isolationism, nor is it a cold-blooded commitment to the 'haves' as against the 'have-nots.' It is the creed of a fighter who has both a warm heart and a clear mind."--John Chamberlain, Wall Street Journal
Praise for the original edition: "There is more harsh fact and hard sense in this slight book than will emerge from all of the chatter of this year's session of Congress. . . . Sen. Goldwater is one of a handful of authentic conservatives. . . . [H]e has the clarity of courage and the courage of clarity."--George Morgenstern, Chicago Tribune
"It is good that C.C. Goldwater brings us this new edition. It directs new attention to a political figure who, though fiery, was never mean-spirited or unfairly partisan."--Max J. Skidmore, European Legacy --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
With a New Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan.
Here is the path-breaking book that rocketed a political philosophy into the forefront of the nation's consciousness, written in words whose vigor and relevance have not tarnished with age:
I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not pass laws, but to repeal them. it is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall replay that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am dong the very best I can.
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Top Customer Reviews
Given the current political landscape, I was drawn to further research this politician I've heard a mixed-bag of discourse about. Barry Goldwater's curious path through decades of dramatic social and political change is the kind of story a novelist wouldn't dream of trying to sell - it's that fantastic. His larger than life character is what is, perhaps, best remembered, especially his rants and outbursts on the campaign trail that may have cost him the presidency, and the support of his own party. Given that simple description, it's no wonder that some talking heads are comparing a certain current presidential candidate to the powerhouse that was Barry Goldwater.
But what is lacking in that comparison, and what Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" highlights so well, is the underlying, deep-seated, thoughtful and intelligent prose of a man obviously full of conviction. His knowledge of the Constitution, and his desire to not trample on it is unyielding. He's not unreasonable, as so many would have us believe. He acknowledges that certain aspects of life are not what they should be in the late 50s. But he suggests - nay, he commands, that the path to rectifying these situations must be through the proper paths laid out by the Constitution. Admittedly, when he wrote, he was much more eloquent than when he seemed to get overly excited on the campaign trail.
I adored the majority of this book. Whether I agreed with his views or not, it was obvious they were well thought out and intelligent. I could see why his arguments might make sense. I did become frustrated towards the end of the book. His views on anti-communism, while sound, seemed to go off on quite a passionate tangent - almost to the point of a rant. Reminded me of what happens with many publications by well-known political figures: their agenda gets the best of them at some point, and without an editor reeling them in, the tangent takes over. He has some interesting commentary during this section about negotiations, which you almost wonder if some of today's politicians have snatched up verbatim to use regarding current events.
I highly recommend this book to anyone planning to cast a ballot - ever. I think it's important to be an informed voter, and Goldwater can teach all of us a few things about the Constitution.
The specific version that I am reviewing is the BN Publishing hardcover ISBN 956-310-021-2 and looks like it was printed in 2007.
It is 5 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" long. It "appears" to be a direct copy of the paperback by Regnery Publishing ISBN 978-0-89526-540-1. The paperback is roughly 4 1/4 " by 7". Both books have the exact same font and type and the content on the pages is the same size even though the hardcover is a larger book. In the paperback the type has a small margin and in the hardcover it has a very large margin because the content is the same size.
This version has no table of contents. It has no introduction or preface or commentary whatsoever. It starts on page one, chapter one and, like the paperback that it seems to copy, it ends on page 117.
It is a fine copy though and it has a nice hard cover that seems OK and should be more durable than a paperback. If you're looking for a clean new copy of this book with no introductions by anyone or any other "stuff" in it, then this might be for you. If, like me, you're looking for nice classic copy to collect or preserve or gift, then you might want to keep looking.