Before the Storm
Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
By Rick Perlstein
(Nation Books, Paperback, 9781568584126, 704pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s. At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal government, despised liberals, and mocked peaceful coexistence” with the USSR. Perlstein’s narrative shines a light on a whole world of conservatives and their antagonists, including William F. Buckley, Nelson Rockefeller, and Bill Moyers. Vividly written, Before the Storm is an essential book about the 1960s.
Rick Perlstein is the bestselling author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. His reviews, reporting, and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Observer, New Republic, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and The New Yorker. A senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future, he lives with his wife in Chicago.