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The author of the book: Barry M. Goldwater
Date of issue: September 12th 1988
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Like Clint Eastwood he came from the west and through his thick black rim glasses they shared the same captivating silent stare. Former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater’s autobiography in classic form is full of politics and sets the record straight.
With a Jewish father and a Christian mother he attended an Episcopal Church, always believing one’s religion was private. As a member of the “Greatest Generation” he proudly served our nation during World War II as an Air Force pilot. Retailing and the Goldwater stores were not in his blood, but rather national politics as he rose to become a prominent U.S. senator. One of his favorite books was “The Road to Serfdom” published in 1944 when he was 35 years old.
Senator Goldwater did not wish to run for president in 1964, but an up swell of 20-30 year old republicans successfully petitioned a draft movement that created a glowing spark that led to a blaze. He was a breed apart from most politicians and the fact that he did not have a college degree did not diminish his confidence as he boldly objected to the politics of the old guard republican establishment many from the Ivy League with country club backgrounds. His conservative campaign was pitted against the more liberal republican candidates, Richard Nixon, William Scranton, George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller. His simple message was less government and he kept alive the statement that “Any government which can promise you everything you want can also take away everything you have.” He had a distain for lobbyists and the overall Washington, D.C. culture. While on campaign he would occasionally slip into the cockpit to fly the 727 aircraft with reporters on board. The Arizona senator looked forward to a very cordial presidential factual debate against his dear friend President John F. Kennedy. When JFK was assonated on November 22, 1963 Goldwater’s heart sank to a very low level as he would now be facing the manipulative Lyndon B. Johnson, a man he never trusted. Goldwater's stand on civil rights was often misunderstood as he believed in freedom of all individuals from all walks of life and he formed a true bond of friendship with the Native Americans within his state. All of this is explained within the book.
Goldwater was soundly defeated in the 64’ election. To many he was considered ahead of his time and historically he is credited with the modern day birth of the conservative movement. Personally he would continue on as a leading U.S. senator viewing LBJ as a vey weak commander-in-chief for setting disastrous rules of engagement during the Vietnam War. Goldwater, who through the reserves rose to become a USAF major general, was strong on defense and his position was win the war or get out. His dislike of Johnson’s character traits was trumped by future president Richard Nixon within his own party, stating “He was the most dishonest individual I ever met in my life.”
In the final month of 1986 as the senator’s public service was winding down, he was given a heartwarming farewell ceremony at the Pentagon complete with the Marine Corps band and honor guards from all branches of military service. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger summarized Goldwater’s legacy with three lasting lessons for America.
“1. Do not become involved in a war unless you intend to win.
2. Government regulation of our lives becomes regimentation of liberty.
3. Despite all her faults and shortcomings, it’s perfectly all right to love America.”
The autobiography of one of America’s foremost conservatives, complete with an array of black and white photos, is a great piece of history.
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Read information about the authorAmerican business man, Senator for Arizona & Republican presidential candidate.
Goldwater was Senator for Arizona from 1953–65 & 1969–87.
In 1964 he ran for president for the Republican party, his campaign was based on states rights, fiscal conservatism and militant anti-communism.
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.
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