Barry Goldwater is a principled politican in a world where the species seems endangered, a man of profound convcition about government and law, the grand old man of the Grand Old Party, respected as much by those who disagree with him as by those who share his views. Goldwater is at once a revealing autobiographical essay and an enduring historical document, required reading for anyone who hopes to understand America and American politics of the 20th century.
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About the Author
Barry Goldwater (1909–1998), born in Phoenix, Arizona, was an American senator and businessman who ran as the Republican Party's nominee in the 1964 presidential election. Despite losing to Lyndon B. Johnson, he is the politician most often credited with inspiring and giving a voice to the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. His works include Goldwater, With No Apologies: The Personal and Political Memoirs of Senator Barry M. Goldwater, and Arizona.
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As with most political memoirs, the charm comes not from great writing but from Goldwater's first-hand perspective on his career. Not all his recollections remain significant, but I found Goldwater's comments about the religious right nearly as relevant today as they were twenty years ago. [2008-08-12]
“Goldwater” is the entertaining, educational, no holds barred autobiography of a Conservative American Icon. It begins with its subject’s assessment of the changes- for the worse- in Congress before turning to his lifelong love affair with Arizona: its land, its history, his family’s role in it and his own appreciation of its sights and people. Goldwater’s youth was spent with a father who managed the family department store, a mother who took the children camping and to California for the summer and his brother and sister. His introduction to the military took place when he enrolled as a student at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. His greatest disappointment was that his goal of attending West Point was dashed when he returned home to manage the family store after his father’s death. In his time, Goldwater played many parts. He was a merchant, Air Force officer, City councilman, spark of the Arizona Republican Party, United States Senator, author, Presidential nominee, husband, father, pilot, ham radio operator and others. Goldwater shares his views with his readers. He tells of his friendship with Jack Kennedy and their plans for the 1964 race and his reluctance to take on Lyndon Johnson, who he described as a “dirty fighter.” He shares his impressions of Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, et al. Readers are flies on the wall of campaign strategy meetings, events leading to the Nixon resignation and pardon, his last campaign and the crowning triumph of his Senate career, the passage of the military reorganization bill. My appreciation of this book increased page by page. The early chapters seemed like the rambling anecdotes of a senior politician trying to humor the audience. As the book progressed and it delves into the politics of the 50s to 80s with the rise and triumph of the Conservative movement it became much more interesting and informative. I recommend it for any student or fan of the Republican Party or Mid-Twentieth Century American political history.