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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 its way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over fifty 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 ...

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Overview

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 its way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over fifty 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.

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Republican candidate Barry Goldwater (1909-98) was soundly trounced in the 1964 presidential election, but this maverick Arizona senator helped create the conservative power base that dominated American politics for decades thereafter. Though the author of The Conscience of a Conservative was rightly regarded as a founder of the modern right-wing movement, his libertarian views often clashed with those of social conservatives on issues including, but not limited to, abortion, gays in the military, Iran-Contra, and Whitewater. For more than a half a century, he recorded his candid opinions on the pages of an extraordinary public journal. Pure Goldwater, edited by bestselling author John Dean and Goldwater's son and namesake, contains excerpts from that journal, in addition to correspondence, interviews, and behind-the-scenes conversations. A singular voice in our history.
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"An invaluable chronicle of the times." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Senator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), whose 1960 best-seller Conscience of a Conservative helped define the modern conservative movement, was by 1996 describing himself and Bob Dole as "the new liberals of the Republican Party." Author Dean (Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience) and Goldwater Jr., the Senator's son and an eighth-term California congressman, explore the complicated figure in this "scrap book" of journal excerpts, correspondence, articles and other primary testimony. A Republican maverick who valued principle over political expediency, Goldwater can be predictable-maintaining loyalty toward Nixon even as the President edged him out of inner White House circles (as late as May 1973, Goldwater called for Jack Anderson's Pulitzer to be re-dubbed "the Benedict Arnold Award")-but he was neither an ideologue nor a mud-slinger: for instance, his hard-hitting fight against President Johnson stopped short of scandalizing LBJ's chief of staff, arrested for "disorderly" conduct in a men's toilet, and in 1994 he went against the powerful new GOP congress by saying publicly of Whitewater, "I haven't heard anything yet that says this is all that big of a deal." Covering personal life, career and retirement, including his 1964 bid for president, this is an invaluable chronicle of the times, told by an American who changed politics by being, simply, "an honest man who tried his damnedest."
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400107360
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 13 CDs, 15 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Dean

Barry M. Goldwater, Jr., the son of Senator Barry Goldwater, served as Congressman from California for fourteen years. Since 1983, he has held positions involving finance, management, and sales.

Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood and Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Early Years
The Boy Who Became the Man     3
Journals and Opinions     15
A Break from Business to Explore Arizona     23
Military Life     45
Political Beginnings     67
The Senate Years: 1952-1965
The First Senate Campaign     75
Learning How Washington Worked     87
Playing on the National Stage: 1959-1963     103
After the 1964 Presidential Race
Setting the Record Straight     139
Seeing the World and Spreading the Word     177
Nixon and Watergate
Recalling Nixon     197
Nixon's Presidency: First Term     213
Nixon's Presidency: Second Term     255
Watergate     275
On the Issues
American Foreign Policy     331
Domestic Issues     341
Retirement Years     365
Epilogue     373
Chronology     379
Acknowledgments     389
Index     393

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    goldwaters letters and notes

    "pure goldwater" is a fantastic collection of senator goldwaters letters and notes that is edited by his son goldwater jr. this is a historic way to learn about the conservative movement and one of the founding fathers of this great nation and how we should get back to this nation and what we need to understand in our conservative principles to get back again this bestseller truly shows how to get back to our true core beliefs and values.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    part 2 of conscience of a conservative

    barry goldwater jr'son of barry gold water'and john w. dean have put together sen barry goldwaters letters, journals and bills and unscripted words and how this historical lawmaker made history in a movment. this is a very remarkable book that is very historical and I really got to know this great politican and his rich heritage. there is so much fine material that has not been published before what a great gift idea for a friend or family member.

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