Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. To... show more
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring Reagan's radical presidency, the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the scope of American military power to overpower our political discourse. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.
Publish date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, American History
, Political Science
Let me just start by saying that while I'm certainly a Leftie, I'm actually no great fan of Rachel Maddow. The details aren't relevant here, but I don't find her show compelling or particularly informative. That said, I did appreciate this book. There is wide room for non-partisan agreement on the m...
Yeah, I'll try and write a proper review at some point but I just freaking love Rachel Maddow. She's one of my heroes and one of the reasons I'm as passionate about politics as I am, so blame her for me!
I ended up listening to the audio version of this book -- it's read by Maddow herself! What a treat. Wish I could think of something more original to say about her writing than "brilliant" and "thought-provoking."
My dream Democratic presidential ticket for 2016 would include Rachel Maddow. I’m thinking if Joe Biden doesn’t want to do it (and I don’t think he does) then Al Franken, John Stewart or Stephen Colbert should be the other half. That would be an entertaining and smart duo to run the country. Mayb...
I almost feel like I should reread this book before writing a review. I read about 2/3 of it and then took a long break before finishing the rest and it's been several weeks since I finished the book. So keep all that in mind when reading this review.I wanted to like this book more than I did. I thi...