Nancy Beck Young is professor of history at the University of Houston. She is the author of many books, including Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II, Lou Henry Hoover: Activist First Lady, both published by Kansas, and Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, and the American Dream.
Nancy Beck Young has written a well argued and carefully researched study of one of the most significant elections in twentieth-century America. Its echoes still sound today. In style and length and with a balance of primary and secondary sources, it is an ideal primer for classes in American political history. --Robert A. Goldberg, author of Barry Goldwater Two Suns of the Southwest tells the riveting and timely story of the 1964 US presidential election, when the lion of modern liberalism, Lyndon Johnson, and cowboy-crusader of western conservatism, Barry Goldwater, waged battle over the future of the country. With careful command of her sources and engaging and approachable prose, Nancy Beck Young shows us how 1964 was both a product of long-simmering tensions in the Democratic Party and especially the GOP, and a dramatic pivot in the political destiny of this country. Highly illuminating and instructive, this is a must read for students of all ages and standing who want to understand one of the most important elections in American history, as well as the political moment in which we now live. --Darren Dochuk, Author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism This is the work of a careful, thoughtful, and thorough scholar. It amazes me to note that we have reached the day in political historiography when we need an overview of the 1964 campaign. There are plenty of works examining specific aspects of the election, detailing Republican, Democratic, and conservative viewpoints. There are works putting the campaigns into the broader context of the key issues of the times and those that analyze the election results' long-term significance. What this author does is to bring all of those perspectives together in one package. This is an important step in the historiography of conservatism. It signals how far we have come from the days when no political historian would examine figures like Goldwater and Buckley without inviting scorn from the academy. --Mary C. Brennan, author of Turning Right in the Sixties: The Conservative Capture of the GOP