The Conscience Of A Conservative, Signed by Barry Goldwater, Second Printing, 1960

Goldwater, Barry. The Conscience of a Conservative. Shepherdsville: Victor Publishing Co., 1960. Stated second printing. Octavo. In publisher’s original blue hardcover boards and original dust jacket. With new archival cloth slipcase. 

Presented is a second printing of Barry Goldwater’s influential book, The Conscience of a Conservative. Published in 1960 by Victor Publishing Co. in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, this book invigorated the American conservative movement and made Senator Barry Goldwater a political star. The book is presented in its original blue hardcover boards and publisher’s unclipped dust jacket. It is signed on the front free endpaper, "Best Wishes, Barry Goldwater." 

Written during the Cold War and in the wake of the New Deal, Goldwater’s message was not only remarkable, but radical. He argued for the value and importance of conservative principles, most importantly freedom, in contemporary political life. "The book lays out, clearly and succinctly, [Goldwater's] uncompromising views. Goldwater held freedom as the highest value in American society: freedom from law, freedom from government, freedom from anybody else's vision but your own. You can argue with him on the particulars, but there's something compelling about his quintessentially American notion of self-reliance" (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times). 

Following the success of Conscience of a Conservative, Goldwater became the frontrunner for the GOP Presidential nomination. Conscience of a Conservative became his manifesto in his 1964 US Presidential race against Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goldwater lost, but his election strategy and his brand of conservatism greatly influenced the Republican Party for decades.

The Conscience Of A Conservative was so impactful, it launched the phrase "Goldwater conservative." It was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best and most influential non-fiction books since 1923. 


Octavo. Original blue hardcover boards, with title in silver on spine and cover. In publisher's original dust jacket, not price-clipped, $3.00 on front flap. Light sunning to spine, short closed tear to front panel, yet still bright colors. New mylar for protection. Signed on the front free endpaper: "Best Wishes, Barry Goldwater." Stated "second printing" on copyright page. Clean and healthy pages. 123pp. With a new archival cloth slipcase with Goldwater’s photograph inlaid on the front.

Slipcase dimensions: 9" H x 6" W x 1 1/4" D; Book dimensions: 8 1/2" H x 5 7/8" W x 3/4" D.

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