Conscience of a Conservative [NOOK Book]

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The Conscience of a Conservative is a book published under the name of Arizona Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1960. The book reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. The book has influenced countless conservatives in the United States, helping to lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. The book was ghostwritten by L. Brent Bozell Jr., brother-in-law of William F. Buckley.[1] Bozell and Buckley had been members of ...
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Overview

The Conscience of a Conservative is a book published under the name of Arizona Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1960. The book reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. The book has influenced countless conservatives in the United States, helping to lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. The book was ghostwritten by L. Brent Bozell Jr., brother-in-law of William F. Buckley.[1] Bozell and Buckley had been members of Yale's debate team. They had co-authored the controversial book, McCarthy and His Enemies, in 1955. Bozell had been Goldwater's speechwriter in the 1950s, and was familiar with many of his ideals. The first edition, 1960, is 123 pages in length and was published in the United States. The book covers such topics as education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. The book is considered to be a significant statement of politically and economically American conservative ideas which were to gain influence during the following decades. The book continues to inspire contemporary political commentary. John Dean's 2006 book Conservatives without Conscience, for example, draws both its title and some of its principles from Goldwater's book. Senator Zell Miller's 2003 critique of the Democratic Party, A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat also draws the inspiration for its title from Goldwater's work. In 2007, Paul Krugman entitled his own book The Conscience of a Liberal, saying in the introduction that he wanted his work to stand as a counterpoint to Goldwater's. Former conservative journalist David Brock also alluded to Goldwater's book in his memoir Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative. from wikipedia
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Angus Burgin
"For a man who proudly described himself as "simple," Barry Goldwater remains a historical puzzle." -- Angus Burgin, The New York Sun
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011806629
  • Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 84
  • Sales rank: 440,275
  • File size: 63 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Timeless

    I was surprised how much this sounded like modern conservatism. We constantly hear the media narrative that the conservative movement is only a recent development and constantly changing. It was good to read this and see how timeless and common sense (and American) conservatism is. A quick and easy read. Also good to remember how much was at stake during the (very recent) cold war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    An essential read

    Something everyone, male and female Conservative or Liberal young or old should read. Upon reading, the ideas Mr. Goldwater presents are not so much Conservative as they are common sense. He argues for a smaller federal government, and presents historical accounts of why the founders intended for such. He argues for strict adherence to the Constitution, states' rights, civil liberties, freedoms for the working men, and defines conservatism not as an outdated, intransigent mindset, but an eternal set of ideals that governs according to time-tested truths. A fascinating read from an equally fascinating man. Upon finishing this short manifesto, I think you will join me in saying that one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century was this man's defeat in 1964.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    Good Place to Start

    Well written and easily comprehensible.

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