This is not great reading as Goldwater is an average writer (by admission) and the entries are unbalanced with an unfortunate and unavoidable, according to the editors, lack of entries covering his presidential campaign and a surfeit of material covering Nixon and Watergate (John Dean anyone).
I did come away with the following:
Prior to reading this book, I had known little if anything, about Barry Goldwater as a person. This book enables the reader to understand him and get know him on a personal level.
Pure Goldwater is a collection of journal entries, letters, personal writings, speeches, and articles that Barry wrote throughout his life. Because the majority of the text is written by Barry from his perspective, with the exception of text written from the authors to explain contextual information about where the wri...more
Goldwater can't admit he was wrong about the Vietnam War.
Even worse, he, as a typical Western libertarian conservative, can say things such as "sell the Tennessee Valley Authority" but yet, never call on the Bureau of Reclamation to privatize the dams and damned lakes on the Colorado.
So, why 4 stars?
Precisely because this book well shows his hypocrisy, and secondarily, because it shows that, while John Dean regularly criticized W, he's no l...more
J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's...more