( READ Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus ) AUTHOR Rick Perlstein – patternimprintedconcretechester.co.uk

Perlstein does a solid ob of describing the rise of the conservative movement that began in the late 50s gained steam in the early 60s and resulted in Barry Goldwater s Republican nomination and subseuent landslide defeat at the hands of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 Perlstein delves into the various elements that came together to almost force Goldwater to run He details how sometimes Goldwater and his Arizona mafia all close friends of his from Arizona who he insisted on trusting with running his campaign caused his followers consternation than Democrats did Goldwater emerges here as a reluctant stubborn and disinterested individual who would have much preferred to have stayed in the Senate which he went back to by winning a seat in the 1968 election At times it almost seemed like Goldwater wanted to lose so he could ust be left alone One of the most interesting segments of the book has to do with the other contenders for the 1964 Republican nomination and the general state of the party following Richard Nixon s 1960 loss to JFK Perlstein discusses how Nelson Rockefeller tried to force himself on the Party how Nixon kept uietly maneuvering for the 1968 nomination how William Scranton could have made a serious challenge in the primaries but hesitated until the convention was almost ready to begin and how Dwight Eisenhower was lukewarm towards Goldwater but refused to endorse any of the Republican candidates Also mentioned is the rise of Ronald Reagan from GE spokesman and registered Democrat to conservative icon The only thing that I would have liked to have seen would have been an epilogue briefly describing what became of some of the lesser known characters who were prominent players in the book If you read Before The Storm after Nixonland as I did be warned the fluency and fury of that book is absent Before The Storm is a denser focused read casting Perlstein as a historian s historian fusing the great narrative tradition of Anglo Saxon history writing with the ultra detailed thick description of the continental schools It s still a blast but the thick description is at times very thick the detail of convention politicking as much re enactment as analysis Perlstein doesn t need to spell his conclusions out too much if you don t come away from Before The Storm believing the received wisdom about youth and the 1960s leaves half the story out then what book were you readingPerlstein is on the left himself but as a historian that doesn t matter he s drawn to energy and political wiles even when they re malicious if his Nixon isn t uite the Shakespearean monster of his second book he s still the most c It s hard to believe Perlstein wrote this had this published only in 2001 It is so detailed and filled WITH PERIOD DETAIL 1960S THAT HE WRITES AS THOUGH period detail 1960s that he writes as though people or events were familiar to us in some way He writes in English but he may as well be talking about another country the information is so distant from my sphere Add to that the extraordinary density of the from my sphere Add to that the extraordinary density of the I suppose like Caro s LBJ series and you come up with a fascinating I m sure work that is completely undigestible in 2017I am interested in Goldwater and how conservatives sort of went off the deep end after the 1950s with all the Commies in the workforce labor unions government theatre schools media yada yada but am not interested enough to relive that narrow minded idiocy We have enough of that right here right now Just give me the highlights that s his ob isn t it I mean that s what I m paying for I didn t write this thing after allPerlstein was completely brilliant and completely obsessed he followed every conversation with diligence He knew so much he no longer knew what was important to tell us Is Hill Wang the official CIA publishing company Just wonderinghave seen it come up beforeand who else could afford to keep this brilliant obsessed guy Perlstein working for so many years following so many threads except our bros in intelligence Preface Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus NotesSelected BibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex UPDATE Rick Perlstein has written an outstanding article appearing top of the front page of the New York Times I Thought I Understood the American Right Trump Proved me Wrong The article reads as Rick Perlstein s mea culpa for underestimating extremism in the development of today s conservative movement for example ignoring the popularity of groups such as the German American Bund or the Black Legion For anyone interested in the history behind Trump s presidency this article is a must readAfter fini. 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 Republic. Shing six hundred and twenty five pages of Before the Storm I now know than any non American will ever need to know about the US Presidential Campaign of 1964Why invest so much time reading a book about an obscure US election campaign than half a century in the past Because the parallels between the 1964 and 2016 Republican compaigns are ust too interesting not to want to know And it turns out I am not the only one who finds Goldwater s 1964 campaign interesting Ted Cruz has been studying the back room work that won Goldwater a majority at the 1964 Republican Convention If Trump had read this book He Would Not Be Surprised To See would not be surprised to see Ted stealing his delegatesEncouragingly for Cruz the book shows that Goldwater stood a much better chance of winning the Presidency than LBJ s landslide victory implies Goldwater wanted to fight a noble campaign of conservative ideas without resorting to campaign trickery and surrounded himself with cronies from Arizona that were broadly speaking incompetent If Goldwater had been flexible around policy and pragmatic about how his campaign was run he stood a good about how his campaign was run he stood a good of winning November might tell us whether or not Cruz has done his homework and learnt from Goldwater s errors Before the Storm is full of places where the 1964 and 2016 presidential campaigns converge or diverge Here are a few examplesThe mainstream GOP choice was Nelson Rockefeller a candidate who shared a lot in common with Jeb Bush son of a famous family rich leisured entitled mediocre dull Understandably the public was left cold In 1964 Rockefeller was seen by many as an East Coast Liberal out of touch with the concerns with the rest of the country Nelson Rockefeller and Jeb Bush Republican mediocritiesRather uaintly in 1964 people used to believe that New Yorkers like Rockefeller exercised malign influence over Wall Street and by extension the rest of the country Nowadays of course we know that Wall Street exercises a malign influence over the rest of the country regardless of what New Yorkers do But this outlook was another black mark against Rockefeller Members of extreme right wing groups such as the John Birch Society the Tea Party of its day suspected Rockefeller and even incredibly Eisenhower of being communists The tradition of stupefying ignorance on the fringes of the GOP extends back to well before 2016So ust like Goldwater back in 1964 in 2016 Trump and Cruz occupied the vacancy on the GOP bench left open by the unpopularity of the mainstream candidate And Language and Linguistics just like Trump and Cruz in 2016 Goldwater attracted some rather unconventional support Strange bed sheets for strange GOP bed fellowsIn 1964 Goldwater s team had to distance themselves from extremists on the conservative right wing in order to maintain their credibility In contrast these days Trump and Cruz discretely call out to extremists blowing on their dog whistles with as much puff as they can muster Trump delays condemning his endorsement from David Duke Cruz shares a platform with religious bigots who call for death to LGBT individualsSome things never change in GOP politics Just like today back in 1964 the GOP were happy to exploit the fears of the electorate in order to win votes A real difference between 1964 and now was that in 1964 America was facing an imminent threat to its existence nuclear war with the USSR Unsurprisingly the Cold War was a major concern of the electorate and focus of the 1964 campaign Lyndon Johnson understood how souls were moved by dark thoughts that crept up on sleepless nights Men worry about heart attacks he would say clasping his chest Women worry about cancer of the tit here heabbed the breastplate of his nearest companion But everybody worries about war and peace Everything else is chickenshit In 2016 America also faces clear and present existential threats but ones very different from those of 1964 These threats are largely ignored by the candidates of 2016 climate change pollution environmental destruction The difference of course is that these are not imminent threats but rather threats that accumulate imperceptibly by degrees They can be safely ignored by a GOP that needs to exaggerate fears to raise votes and can be paid lip service to by a Democratic party that needs to raise donor money from the fossil fuel industry or pollutersSo whereas the 1964 Campaign focused on the pressing issue of nuclear holocaust and the end of the world the 2016 campaign focuses on marginal threats such as the danger from ISIS terrorists infiltrating across the Mexican border or from shariah law in Arizona Sadly neither the Democrats of today. An 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. Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American ConsensusNor LBJ in 1964 did much to put these issues in a proper perspectiveIt is interesting from a purely historical perspective to take a closer look issues in a proper perspectiveIt is interesting from a purely historical perspective to take a closer look how the GOP and the Democrats dealt with the real threat of global nuclear war in the 1964 campaignGoldwater s weakest spot was being seen as a warmonger who might trigger a nuclear exchange One has to wonder whether this would be a weak spot in a candidate today His background included flying planes from the US to deploy on the front line for WW2 and he loved to talk about military euipment which didn t do much to dispel the warmonger image His support for allowing military commanders the authority to launch nuclear strikes didn t help much either Neither did his advocacy of weapons systems such as the Davy Crockett the atomic warhead mounted on a portable recoilless rifle which had the drastic design flaw of sometimes including within its blast zone the infantry men firing the weapon The Davey Crockett pulling the string launches the atomic warheadIn 1964 LBJs campaign produced ads that were pioneering in their day in exploiting the fears of the electorate These ads didn t mention candidates by name and favored raw fear and emotion over rationality a tradition adopted by political ads to this day The ads are good enough to warrant a look at even nowThe Daisy ad only thirty seconds long Do you want your children counting down to a nuclear holocaust This ad was so effective at fear mongering it was only broadcast once Test Ban an effective reminder from the Johnson campaign that Kennedy s test ban might have saved humanity from nuclear destruction So in 1964 the Democrats were able to effectively counteract GOP fear mongering by pointing out that the GOP itself was something ustifiably to fear This is something that most of the Democrats have conspicuously failed to do in 2016 Instead of explaining to the electorate that ISIS are many thousands of miles away and present much less of a threat to the average American household than keeping a gun in the home they have let the fear mongering go unchecked In 1964 the Democrat s attack ads were amusing and effectiveThe legacy of the Goldwater campaign that is felt most strongly today in the moral sphere It was in 1964 that the GOP began holding the Democratic Party accountable for most of the social ills of the day Just like Trump in 2016 back in 1964 the GOP was waging war on political correctness although it wasn t called political correctness at the time Just like today victory over political correctness meant having the right to speak your prejudice out loud Goldwater had said back in January that the reason most people were on relief was because they were stupid or lazywhen he asked those who criticized him if they thought what he said was right they invariably responded Oh yes you re right but you shouldn t have said it The Republican party s first attempt to capture the moral high ground was a film called Choice in which LBJ is the driver of an out of control Cadillac as a metaphor for out of control moral decline It s worth watching ust for some entertaining examples of what passed as immoral behavior in the sixties At the time the advert was a failure Mentions of men for sale and shots lingering over pictures of young women in bikinis left the electorate with the impression that the Goldwater campaign had for their own strange reasons decided to produce a porno movie But ever since impression that the Goldwater campaign had for their own strange reasons decided to produce a porno movie But ever since the GOP has taken up The Fight For Moral Righteousness fight for moral righteousness for the time being has won the issues vote Cruz has valiantly picked up this fight for American moral purity with his legal attack on dildos vibrators and other marital aids which are illegal in Texas This will no doubt win him as many votes in 2016 as Goldwater s film did in 1964So what did I learn from reading this immensely detailed book I learnt that things are going to get uglyIf you ve been thinking that with its talk of carpet bombing delegate theft small hands and menstruating TV reporters the campaign is already ugly well you ain t seen nothing yet Just wait until the 2016 Republican Convention If it is anything like the Republican Convention of 1964 it will be a doozyFortunately help is at hand An enterprising political pundit has produced a guide to candidate selection that could help keep both Republican and Democratic Conventions civilizedIf this flowchart is converted into a flyer and handed out in Cleveland and Philadelphia delegates will be able to focus on the key election issues in a way that they haven t done to date Using this America can elect the President it deserves in 201. 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.


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    summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Rick Perlstein ( READ Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus ) AUTHOR Rick Perlstein – patternimprintedconcretechester.co.uk It's hard to believe Perlstein wrote this had this published only in 2001 It is so detailed and filled with period detail 1960s that he writes as though these people or events were familiar to us in some way He writes in English but he may as well be talking about another country the information is so distant from my sphere Add to that the extraordinary density of the information I suppose like Caro's LBJ series and you come up with a 'fas

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    ( READ Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus ) AUTHOR Rick Perlstein – patternimprintedconcretechester.co.uk You go back and tell your crowd that I'm going to lose this election I'm probably going to lose it real big But I'm going to lose it my wayIn this magnificent book Rick Perlstein details seemingly every skirmish conspiracy and speech in the conservative movement's campaign to put Barry Goldwater in the White House in 1960

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    Rick Perlstein ´ 6 review ( READ Before the Storm Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus ) AUTHOR Rick Perlstein – patternimprintedconcretechester.co.uk Occasionally can drift into condescension writing off the conservative movement as a fit of anger But at least as often this writer can show real perceptiveness as to the motivations of individuals and the most subtle turns in the culture He also has a gift for breaking down the stuff of sociology with a particularly apt everyday analogy

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