Both Ronald Reagan’s “tidal wave” 1980 victory and the Republican “sea change” of 1994 had their beginnings in Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. No other losing presidential candidate, perhaps no other politician, has had a greater effect on the shape of current American politics. In Lee Edwards’ Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution, we find the most penetrating account of the icon who put the conservative movement on the national stage.
A seasoned veteran of the 1964 campaign, Edwards gained unprecedented access to the person and the papers of Senator Goldwater. From Goldwater’s boyhood to decorated fighter pilot, from local appointee to presidential nominee, we accompany him during his landmark presidential run, the “Extremism in Defense of Liberty” speech and the Vietnam War.
The injustice of racial quotas, the tyranny of big government, the corruption brought on by welfare – Goldwater recognized them early on for what they were – intrusions on freedom. Then and now, freedom furnishes the spark that fires the man. In all cases Goldwater “shoots straight from the heart.”
Replete with new revelations and unpublished facts, Goldwater establishes itself as the definitive study of the political maverick who made a revolution. Lee Edwards concludes that although many believe that there are two Barry Goldwaters – the traditional conservative of 1964 and the radical libertarian of his later years – there is in fact only one.
Lee Edwards’ Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution captures all the excitement, conflict, grit, and honesty of one of America’s greatest patriots, the Republican that was known as “Mr. Conservative.”
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