Before the Storm

Before the Storm

Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus

By Rick Perlstein

Nation Books, Paperback, 9781568584126, 671pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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.

About the Author
Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times "bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"; "Nixonland: The Rise of a President" "and the Fracturing of America", a "New York Times" bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus", which won the 2001 "Los AngelesTimes" BookAward for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of "The" "New York Times", "The" "Washington Post", and the "Chicago Tribune".Hisessays and book reviewshave been published in "The New Yorker, The" "New York Times, The" "Washington Post, TheNation", "TheVillage Voice", and "Slate", among others. He hasreceived a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. He lives in Chicago.