It was learning how to act: how letters got written, how doors got knocked on, how co-workers could be won over on the coffee break, how to print a bumper sticker and how to pry one off with a razor blade; how to put together a network whose force exceeded the sum of its parts by orders of magnitude; how to talk to a reporter, how to picket, and how, if need be, to infiltrate--how to make the anger boiling inside you ennobling, productive, powerful, instead of embittering.These were practical lessons that anybody in politics must pick up. For conservatives, the rough indoctrination came in 1964, and Perlstein (who is not a conservative) tells their story in detail and with panache. Before the Storm is not a history of conservative ideas (for that, read The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, by George Nash), but a chronicle of how these ideas began to matter in politics. The victory of Ronald Reagan in 1980--to say nothing of Newt Gingrich in 1994 and George W. Bush in 2000--might not have been possible without the glorious failure of Barry Goldwater in 1964. As Perlstein writes, "You lost in 1964. But something remained after 1964: a movement. An army. An army that could lose a battle, suck it up, regroup, then live to fight a thousand battles more." --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book delivers on the prologue's promise. The claim is that the 60s wasn't the decade of flower power and hippies--sure there was plenty of that, but for every leftist action,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shawn Young
In my experience, it's rare to find a book that features both thorough, impeccable reporting (primary sources, no less) and wonderfully skilled writing. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by annettesan
Don't bother with this book if you are a partisan (right or left) who simply wants a quick read to confirm your own opinions. Rick Perlstein did not write this for you. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2001 by Michael Miller
Mr. Perlstein, who is by no means a conservative, shows how people who disagree with a politician or any person can write a mostly fair and accurate biography of that man or... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2001 by Alan L Seals
This is a very enjoyable and knowledgeable book about the events of 1964 and the overwhelming victory of Lyndon Johnson against "extremist" Barry Goldwater. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by Charles Reilly
Before the Storm has some important strengths. In particular, Perlstein is a good storyteller and has a knack for conveying what it was like to be present at the birth of the... Read morePublished on July 5 2001
This is a book that anyone on the fringe of American politics should read. It shows how a group of people that were considered to be crazies took over one of America's major... Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by timbob
Aficionados of U.S. political history, regardless of their political persuasion, will immensely enjoy Rick Perlstein account of the pivotal Presidential election of 1964. Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Steve Iaco