Friday, April 08, 2005


I've finally finished Rick Perlstein's Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. It was sitting on the table for so long that the cover photo of Goldwater with the cowboy hat and the rifle and the cactus was starting to feel like a relative.

This book came out in pre-9/11 2001 and enjoyed a resurgence on a lot of liberal blogs this past Winter. It's easy to see why, although a direct connection is more emotional than factual:

Whatever. But as a piece of history that reads almost like a novel, it's a great book. And as somebody who believes that seeing where you've been is an important part of knowing where you're going, I'm placing it in my pantheon. Except I have to return it to the library.

The Brothers Judd has a page of links to sites that reference the book, and to all things Goldwater.

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