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BOOK REPORT Barry Goldwater Extremist of the Right Many might say that the 1960s were a decade of extremism whether it was the Vietnam war or the Civil Rights movement there was always something going on which resulted in vastly different opinions from the American public In 1964 smack dab in the middle of Americas most radical decade Barry Goldwater emerged as leader of the Republican party a man who has now been forgotten by time but laid the groundwork for many radical right wingers ahead of him Goldwater believed in low taxes limited government control and the power of the free-market In a decade divided by extremes of opinion Goldwater was a man who was only interested in gaining support of one segment of the population those who believed in the principals of the radical right he preached none of his views in moderation knowing exactly who he wanted to impress It might come as no surprise that Mr Goldwater had his critics plenty of them One such critic was Fred J Cook a predominant New York journalist who wrote Barry Goldwater Extremist to the right in 1964 the same year Barry Goldwater was up for the presidency of the United States of America Fred J Cooks book hasnt dated terribly well but it remains an effective reminder of the dangers of right wing extremism and the questionable connections many of leaders use for there own benefit As his book begins Fred J Cook tells the story of Goldwaters youth growing up in one of Phoenixs most wealthy families Goldwater was a good looking and athletic young man who had a knack for making friends and a love of Americas wilderness In 1937 Goldwater inherited his fathers Department store and quickly made it one of the most successful in the country thanks to the innovative mail order catalogs he helped to create which featured extraordinarily unique merchandise such as a
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