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Barry Goldwater; Portrait of an Arizonan

McDowell, Edwin

Published by Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, IL, 1964
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[10], 269 p. illus., ports. 21 cm. Occasional Footnotes. Illustrations. Index. From WIkipedia: "Barry Morris Goldwater (January 2, 1909 May 29, 1998) was a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953 65, 1969 87) and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative". Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He also had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement. Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal and fought through the conservative coalition against the New Deal coalition. He mobilized a large conservative constituency to win the hard-fought Republican primaries. Goldwater's right-wing campaign platform ultimately failed to gain the support of the electorate[3] and he lost the 1964 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson by one of the largest landslides in history, bringing down many Republican candidates as well. The Johnson campaign and other critics painted him as a reactionary, while supporters praised his crusades against the Soviet Union, labor unions, and the welfare state. His defeat allowed Johnson and the Democrats in Congress to pass the Great Society programs, but the defeat of so many older Republicans in 1964 also cleared the way for a younger generation of American conservatives to mobilize. Goldwater was much less active as a national leader of conservatives after 1964; his supporters mostly rallied behind Ronald Reagan, who became governor of California in 1967 and the 40th President of the United States in 1981. Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1969, and specialized in defense policy, bringing to the table his experience as a senior officer in the Air Force Reserve. In 1974, as an elder statesman of the party, Goldwater successfully urged President Richard Nixon to resign when evidence of a cover-up in the Watergate scandal became overwhelming and impeachment was imminent. By the 1980s, the increasing influence of the Christian right on the Republican Party so conflicted with Goldwater's views that he became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as abortion, gay rights, and the role of religion in public life. A significant accomplishment in his career was the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986, which restructured the higher levels of the Pentagon by increasing the power of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to direct military action." From an obituary posted on-line: "Edwin McDowell, a reporter for The New York Times for 26 years who also wrote three novels and a biography, died on Tuesday at his home in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 72. The cause was complications of Alzheimer s disease, said his son, Edwin. Edwin Stewart McDowell was born on May 13, 1935, in Somers Point, N.J.; joined the Marine Corps at 17 and emerged a master sergeant; and graduated from Temple University. While working for The Arizona Republic, he wrote Barry Goldwater: Portrait of an Arizonan, in 1964. He then worked for The Wall Street Journal. At The Times, from which he retired in 2004, his beats included book publishing, business travel and real estate. Mr. McDowell s novels were Three Cheers and a Tiger (1966), To Keep Our Honor Clean (1980) and The Lost World (1988)." Good in good dust jacket. Dj has some wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 67988

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Title: Barry Goldwater; Portrait of an Arizonan

Publisher: Henry Regnery Company, Chicago, IL

Publication Date: 1964

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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