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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John W. Dean, Barry M. Goldwater Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Barry Goldwater was a defining figure in American public life, a firebrand politician associated with an optimistic brand of conservatism. In an era in which American conservatism has lost its way, his legacy is more important than ever. For over fifty years, in those moments when he was away from the political fray, Senator Goldwater kept a private journal, recording his reflections on a rich political and personal life. In Pure Goldwater, bestselling author John Dean combines analysis with Goldwater’s own words.

With unprecedented access to his correspondence, interviews, and behind-the-scenes conversations, Dean sheds new light on this political figure. From the late senator’s honest thoughts on Richard Nixon to his growing discomfort with the rise of the extreme right, Pure Goldwater offers a revelatory look at an American icon—and also reminds us of a more hopeful alternative to the dispiriting political landscape of today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sprawling treasure trove…Goldwater is worth rediscovering…Conservatives—and liberals, too—take note.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Goldwater’s own words are readable, agree with him or not… entries are thoughtful, informed, even scholarly.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • "Pure Goldwater provides new insights into the man viewed by many as a founding figure in modern American conservatism. There’s plain talk on a range of political issues here, but also personal glimpses…The journal entries about President Richard Nixon and Watergate are particularly eye-opening.”

    Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun

  • “An invaluable chronicle of the times.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An engaging memoir…[Goldwater’s writings] include funny, salty remarks that add to the folksy style…The editors show Goldwater’s ultimate success as being remembered as he hoped to be: ‘an honest man who tried his damndest.’ Recommended.”

    Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon Goering | 6/13/2011

    " behind the scenes of how the conservative party started. Very interesting reading "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”