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Pure Goldwater /
John W. Dean, Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
description
xiv, 399 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1403977410 (hardcover), 9781403977410 (hardcover)
format(s)
Book
More Details
uniform title
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
isbn
1403977410 (hardcover)
9781403977410 (hardcover)
general note
Based on the unpublished journals of Barry Goldwater.
Includes index.
catalogue key
6834893
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-06-01:
John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel, and Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the subject, have constructed a compilation of the writings of Barry Goldwater covering roughly 50 years. An interesting two-part story of the personal and political Goldwater emerges. An avid photographer, lover of the outdoors, ham radio operator, department store manager, and WW II aviator, family-centered and community-minded Goldwater had a rich life that he pursued with passion. In politics, he was the straight-talking, patriotic, no-nonsense Republican who worried at all times about the direction of his party, the country, and, in particular, its foreign policy. Goldwater, however, acted in large part with civility toward his political opponents and critics, a distinction that is worth noting in today's political climate. His politics before and after his presidential run and his Senate career, however, never abandoned the premise of straight talk and honest opinion, which in part lost him his 1964 presidential bid. Goldwater's journals, speeches, testimonies, and writings produce a portrait far removed from the two-dimensional. Instead, a rich tapestry emerges. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. C. W. Haury Piedmont Virginia Community College
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-05-01:
Although mostly remembered for his landslide loss in the 1964 presidential election, Barry Goldwater enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career in the Senate and a full and productive life. His son, an eight-term congressman, and Dean (Conservatives Without Conscience) compiled this collection of Goldwater's letters and selected diary entries across 60 years, letting Goldwater tell his own story. The result is an engaging, if selective, memoir that describes Goldwater's Arizona childhood, family life, politics, many nature hikes through his beloved Arizona, and the Presidents he knew, including JFK, whom he considered a good President, and Nixon, whom he came to loathe as a result of Watergate. The writings here were not intended for publication; Goldwater wrote them for his children. Some include funny, salty remarks that add to the folksy style. This icon of conservatism often mentions his contempt for large government and taxes but also reveals his pro-choice views, support for gay rights, environmental concern, and support for a state holiday honoring Martin Luther King. Not included is Goldwater's take on the 1964 election, other than blaming his pasting on the media and Lyndon Johnson's dirty tricks. The editors show Goldwater's ultimate success as being remembered as he hoped to be: "an honest man who tried his damndest." Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"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 Praise for Conservatives without Conscience : "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."-- Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."-- The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."-- The New York Times Book Review
"A sprawling treasure trove . . . Goldwater is worth rediscovering . . . Conservatives--and liberals, too--take note."--Washington Post Book World "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 fromPure Goldwater."--Reason Praise forConservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book Review
Praise forConservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book Review
"Of all the books on "Mr. Conservative,"Pure Goldwatermight 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 ofPure 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 inPure 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 fromPure 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 Goldwaterprovides 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 Praise forConservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Conservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book Review
"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 Praise for Conservatives without Conscience : "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."-- Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."-- The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."-- The New York Times Book Review
"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 Praise for Conservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book ReviewPraise for Conservatives without Conscience: "A detailed . . . powerful case in a riveting book."--Los Angeles Times "Searing . . . an angry indictment."--The Washington Post "Dean has again amassed evidence of a cancer growing on the presidency."--The New York Times Book Review
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Summaries
Long Description
Barry Goldwater was a defining figure in American public life, a firebrand politician associated with an optimistic brand of conservatism. In an era in which American conservatism has lost his way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over 50 years, in those moments when he was away from the political fray, Senator Goldwater kept a private journal, recording his reflections on a rich political and personal life. Here bestselling author John Dean combines analysis with Goldwater's own words. With unprecedented access to his correspondence, interviews, and behind-the-scenes conversations, Dean sheds new light on this political figure. From the late Senator's honest thoughts on Richard Nixon to his growing discomfort with the rise of the extreme right, Pure Goldwater offers a revelatory look at an American icon--and also reminds us of a more hopeful alternative to the dispiriting political landscape of today.
Description for Bookstore
New York Times-bestselling author John Dean and the son of conservative icon Barry Goldwater team together to show why Goldwater matters
Description for Bookstore
Barry Goldwater was a defining figure in American public life, a firebrand politician associated with an optimistic brand of conservatism. In an era in which American conservatism has lost his way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over 50 years, in those moments when he was away from the political fray, Senator Goldwater kept a private journal, recording his reflections on a rich political and personal life. Here bestselling author John Dean combines analysis with Goldwater's own words. With unprecedented access to his correspondence, interviews, and behind-the-scenes conversations, Dean sheds new light on this political figure. From the late Senator's honest thoughts on Richard Nixon to his growing discomfort with the rise of the extreme right,Pure Goldwateroffers a revelatory look at an American icon--and also reminds us of a more hopeful alternative to the dispiriting political landscape of today.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on this conservative icon's unpublished journals, this book explains why Goldwater still matters. In an era when the soul of American conservatism is fiercely contested, Goldwater's legacy is a live issue, as demonstrated by the 2006 HBO documentary 'Mr Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater'.
Main Description
Barry Goldwater is a defining figure in American public life, a firebrand politician associated with an optimistic brand of conservatism. In an era in which American conservatism has lost his way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over 50 years, in those moments when he was away from the political fray, Senator Goldwater kept a private journal, recording his reflections on a rich political and personal life. Here bestselling author John Dean combines analysis with Goldwater's own words. With unprecedented access to his correspondence, interviews, and behind-the-scenes conversations, Dean sheds new light on this political figure. From the late Senator's honest thoughts on Richard Nixon to his growing discomfort with the rise of the extreme right, Pure Goldwater offers a revelatory look at an American icon--and also reminds us of a more hopeful alternative to the dispiriting political landscape of today.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
The Early Years
The Boy Who Became the Manp. 3
Journals and Opinionsp. 15
A Break from Business to Explore Arizonap. 23
Military Lifep. 45
Political Beginningsp. 67
The Senate Years: 1952-1965
The First Senate Campaignp. 75
Learning How Washington Workedp. 87
Playing on the National Stage: 1959-1963p. 103
After the 1964 Presidential Race
Setting the Record Straightp. 139
Seeing the World and Spreading the Wordp. 177
Nixon and Watergate
Recalling Nixonp. 197
Nixon's Presidency: First Termp. 213
Nixon's Presidency: Second Termp. 255
Watergatep. 275
On the Issues
American Foreign Policyp. 331
Domestic Issuesp. 341
Retirement Yearsp. 365
Epiloguep. 373
Chronologyp. 379
Acknowledgmentsp. 389
Indexp. 393
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