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Author: Rick Perlstein Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel Publisher: Bold Type Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781478989523
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Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s. At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal government, despised liberals, and mocked "peaceful coexistence" with the USSR. Perlstein's narrative shines a light on a whole world of conservatives and their antagonists, including William F. Buckley, Nelson Rockefeller, and Bill Moyers. Vividly written, Before the Storm is an essential book about the 1960s. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Before the Storm is smart and lively, and the description is delightfully thick.”

    New Yorker

  • “Combining prodigious research with journalistic flair, Rick Perlstein…has produced a detailed and dramatic narrative of the rise of the modern right…It’s an amazing story, and Perlstein, a man of the left, does it justice.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Perlstein is a gifted writer and a talented storyteller. His sweeping narrative amounts to nothing less than a social history of modern conservatism.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Masterly…In a class by itself. Highly recommended for all libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Perlstein has a nose for pungent detail. It is hard to imagine that he has missed any interesting or delicious fact about Goldwater or his circle of devotees.”

    Boston Review

  • “Comprehensive and compelling…The heart of Perlstein’s lengthy book is his colorful account of the intellectual giants, the canny political operatives, and the far-out fellow travelers in the conservative cause.”

    Business Week

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About the Author

Rick Perlstein is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan; Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by over a dozen publications; and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and appeared on the best books of the year lists of the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. He is a contributing editor and board member of In These Times magazine.

About the Narrator

Kiff VandenHeuvel, voice talent and audiobook narrator, is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is an alumni of the Second City comedy theater. He is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voice-over, improv, and directing at Second City Hollywood. He has appeared in hundreds of television and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite.