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Pure Goldwater Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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“An invaluable chronicle of the times.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review, Web Pick of the Week)
“Of all the books on 'Mr. Conservative,' Pure Goldwater might provide the most realistic insights into his character and thinking. After the birth of Barry Jr., Goldwater started a private journal...that journal is the basis of Pure Goldwater -- so, in effect, it is a book written by the senator himself, capturing his most intimate thoughts for those closest to him.” ―The National Review
“It's a fitting tribute to a real straight talker, a fine Senator, and one of the most influential conservatives of the past 50 years.” ―The National Review
“A sprawling treasure trove . . . Goldwater is worth rediscovering . . . Conservatives--and liberals, too--take note.” ―Washington Post Book World
“A field guide to the presidential and legislative politics of the middle to late 20th century. Reading Goldwater's descriptions of everything from behind-the-scenes dealings in the Senate or his interactions with Richard Nixon... will provide a literary fix for even the hardest core political junkies... By compiling his writings and publishing many of them in Pure Goldwater, the editors have performed a great public service.” ―The Washington Times
“The policy thought on display here and throughout the book will by turns delight and infuriate every part of the political spectrum . . . No Goldwater fan can do without a copy . . . readers can get their fix of the unscripted, unghosted conscience of a conservative from Pure Goldwater.” ―Daniel McCarthy, Reason
“Goldwater's own words are readable, agree with him or not... entries are thoughtful, informed, even scholarly.” ―Theo Lippman, Jr., The Baltimore Sun
“An engaging memoir... [Goldwater's writings] include funny, salty remarks that add to the folksy style... The editors show Goldwater's ultimate success as being remembered as he hoped to be: 'an honest man who tried his damndest.' Recommended.” ―Karl Helicher, Library Journal
“Particularly interesting.” ―Arizona Republic
“Pure Goldwater provides new insights into the man viewed by many as a founding figure in modern American conservatism. There's plain talk on a range of political issues here, but also personal glimpses... the journal entries about President Richard Nixon and Watergate are particularly eye-opening.” ―The Desert Sun
Top Customer Reviews
The title of the book could not have been more appropriate. Here we see Senator Goldwater in all of his frankness, lambasting presidents with whom he worked, yet revelling in the love of his family, photography, flying and service to his country. In reading "Pure Goldwater" it's not hard to be in agreement with him on one page and subsequently want to wring his neck on the next. He seemed always to be on the cutting edge of the day's events, even when he was doing some of the "cutting", himself. It's fascinating to see him comment on every president from FDR to Clinton and there was much about most of them he didn't like.
Much of the book centers around his relationship with Richard Nixon and the trials and tribulations of Watergate and perhaps the most intriguing part of the book follows his recollections on summing up Nixon's chances in the Senate for impeachment survival. I remember that day well and how it changed my mind about Senator Goldwater. Here was a true statesman rising to the occasion in a most difficult time in our nation's history.
Barry Goldwater's seeming drift to the left regarding such issues as women's choice and gay rights no doubt sent shivers up and down the collective spines of his conservative colleagues.Read more ›
This book is written mostly in his own words in a journal and private correspondence never meant to be public. It is a rare insight into the private thoughts of a truly great man.
Read anything by Mr Dean...you will not be disappointed, no matter who you are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an wonderful book and a very interesting look at a man and a conservative statesman. I really have enjoyed reading this look back at Barry Goldwater's life and political... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Music Lover
This book by Dean and Goldwater Jr. is not an apology for Goldwater's political life. Instead, they took letters and speeches etc. of Goldwater's and presented them. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by J. Robert Ewbank
Pure Goldwater is just what the title indicates, vintage, pure Goldwater. How good it was to read about my conservative, political hero once again. Read morePublished on June 9, 2008 by Raymond I. Keffer