Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution

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9780895264305: Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution

Lee Edwards renders the most penetrating account to date of Barry Goldwater, the icon who put the conservative movement on the national stage.

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Conservatives in the United States frequently celebrate the Reagan revolution in the 1980s. Yet, as Lee Edwards shows in this definitive biography, Reagan might never have made it to the White House if Barry Goldwater had not won the Republican nomination for president in 1964. Goldwater lost to President Johnson by a wide margin that year, but he fundamentally reshaped the GOP in the process.

The scrappy Arizona senator is best known for his raw, Western-style conservatism that featured strong libertarian leanings and a devil-may-care wit. When he retired after serving six terms, Washington, D.C., suddenly became a less interesting place. Edwards writes as a sympathizer, but also offers a nuanced understanding of the man who famously declared, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.... Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!" --John J. Miller

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Lee Edwards, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, and veteran of Goldwater's 1964 campaign for the presidency. He lives with his wife in Alexandria, VA.

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