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Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  13 reviews
After four decades as a Republican insider, Victor Gold reveals how the holy-rollers and the Neo-Cons have destroyed the GOP. Now he's fighting to get his party back.
As a man who served as press aide to Barry Goldwater and speechwriter and senior advisor to George H. W. Bush (in addition to coauthoring his autobiography), Victor Gold is absolutely furious that the Neo-Con
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Sourcebooks
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Peggy Bechko
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
I'm avoiding political books right now with the election coming up. Even muting the TV whenever political ads com on, I'm so sick of it all.

but, this book was on my 'to read' shelf, has been for a while. I glanced at it, wasn't too long, so I decided to 'get it over with'.

Hmm, actually it was an excellent book. Victor Gold, the author, is a dyed-in-the-wool Goldwater Republican and he had a lot to say about the direction the GOP is currently heading, none of it good. He's unimpressed with the
Jun 30, 2007 marked it as to-read
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This may be the one and only book written by a GOP'er that I'll actually enjoy in a non-ironic way. The subtitle is "How the Holy Rolers and Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP".
I watched an interview with Gold on Bill Moyers last night (wow. I'm so my grandpa.) and he was talking about how the GOP totally fucked up when they basically sold themselves to the religious right for votes. Now we have a theocracy, and Gold is pissed (me too!). I'm interested to read this because I feel like there's a lot of p
Skylar Burris
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
Reading this book is something like listening to an old man sitting in a rocking chair on the porch spinning yarns about what life used to be like, back in the day, before the whippersnappers screwed it all up. It's only entertaining because the old man knew some pretty famous people, because he's cantankerous enough to say whatever he thinks without a filter, and because he knows a few great anecdotes. The author has a biting wit, but he's not nearly as funny as he seems to think he is. (I had ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was very interested to read this book since I'm also a libertarian leaning Republican, and was interested to hear about Goldwater who seems to fit that mold. The book ended up being a lot more about political "gossip" (for lack of a better word) than policy stuff. I never did get a solid grasp of what Goldwater, or this author, stood for exactly. For the vast middle of the book he was just bashing on GW Bush in a manner indistinguishable from the way liberals did for 6-8 years straight. It's m ...more
James Hatton
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some of my friends don't grasp that I have supported the Republicans in the past: 1980, 1984, and 1988. I'm a more sophisticated voter now. I do my homework. It's unlikely I'll support the Republicans again. But the reason I did not vote for George H. W. Bush in 1992 was not due to electoral sophistication. It was that I observed, and was repulsed by exactly what Victor Gold writes about in this book: neoconservatives and theocrats basically controlling the Republican party; and government when ...more
Apr 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Not much surprising here. Is it a mystery that the Bushies don't believe that the rights of the individual should take precedent over the rights of the state? Or that human rights are not rights for all humans, only for those that meet some US loyalty test? Or that they don't believe in limited government, but that government should be used to further enrich the rich? Or that Barry Goldwater would have been their greatest critic? Or that John McCain is no Barry Goldwater? Nope. But it was still ...more
What Exit?
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
I am about half way and I find this a terrific read. Written by an old fashioned Goldwater conservative, he is as disgusted with the current admin, Dick Cheney and the Neo-Cons and Theo-Cons as I am.

Well worth reading, it is also a quick read. I find it interesting that Rummy appears to be an even bigger jerk than I gave him credit for.

Chris Seals
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW! OH WOW! I always knew Dick Cheney was a DICK, (along with Newt Gingrich), but this book tells just how much of a tyrant he is. Truly scary!
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So good. Tony Compolo was right back in 1986 in Discipleship Journal. What a prediction!
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those with political interests
Great book for young politically interested people (republican and democrat) who think only of the republican party as religious nation builders.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it liked it
A "useful idiot". Man, that describes Dubya to a "T", no? ...more
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
subtitled: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons destroyed the GOP.
Funny, but also appalling.
Excellent, learned a lit.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a highly informative book but a little dry so 4 out of 5 stars. I'll definitely read it again just to absorb the knowledge for conversation. ...more
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