Everyone needs to read or listen to this book. Rachel's voice reading her own words gives them the weight they deserve. But more important, her impeccable research will astound and often horrify.
Rachel's description of how irresponsibly we treat the nuclear weapons in their storage facilities and transportation. Also, her account of Ronald Reagan's campaign and presidency will leave you gape-mouthed.
I'm old enough to remember the events Rachel discusses in 'Drift', but I was amazed to learn of all the background she gives to the Reagan administration. I also immensely enjoyed Rachel's reading, and I hope she is already working on her next book.
Rachel did not stray away from the Dems for not doing the right things. She points out the power grab of both parties and allows you to understand how this has happened and why (as to what was going on during that period). She also shows the dangers of what is going on and the scale to which it is going on. I do not believe Americans know to what level the power grab is going on.
That Rachel read her own work and the passion of the written word came though.
The privatization of the military and dangers it's causing this country.
A clear understanding of what's really going with US military and how dangerous it's to the country's future.
Military Might for a Price
I love audio books
Yes to absorbe even more
best non fiction I have read in a long time
Very informative, well written, superbly narrated. I don't have time to read "everything" that's important to me, so I depend on Rachel to get the facts, cut through the garbage issues and report succinctly on the key topics... and in this book, she does exactly that. Thank you Rachel. I look forward to reading your next book (hope it's soon).
Rachel Maddow conducted real research for this fact-based book. It is written in a clear, non-partisan manner, such a refreshing change from the bitter diatribes of talk radio hosts. Maddow's narration is professional and personable.
Not at the top, this is kind of an unfair question, but highly recommended
Drift makes a good companion piece to Karl Marlantes, What It’s Like to Go to War. Drift is more about the evolving disconnect between our society and our war making policy and combat soldiers on a national level whereas Marlantes examines the real problems and contradictions that combat soldiers face both during and after combat. His chapters on Killing and Lying are first rate.
What other performances? I watch her on the nightly news.
Maddow described an accident outside Goldsboro NC in 1961, in which a B-52 jettisoned its two nuclear weapons. One landed and was retrieved, but was found to have exhausted 5 of its six fail-safe triggers before exploding. In another instance, Maddow described a policy that was in effect when I was part of the Strategic Air Command, in which Manned Bombers were kept in flight at all times in case of a sneak attack that destroyed the US. The ridiculous logic of SAC Policy was that these lonely air crews could then fly a limited number of bombers into the USSR and get some payback on behalf of a nation that no longer existed. The policy evidently took no account of the possibility that the crews would be disabled by grief and despair, knowing for example, that there's was a terminal mission in which they would have no base to return to, not to speak of no family, no country, and no nation..
Maddow should be read by all of us, but as an avowed liberal and gay person who has a nightly news hour on MSNBC, she will be cast into the outer darkness by the good Christian Evangelicals, Tea Party Republicans etc. whose venue is Fox News. The thread of her piece is the evolving so called Unitary Executive, pashed ruthlessly by George Bush and Dick Cheney, which arrogates war making into itself, too often with the consent and collaboration of the legislative branch. Part of this is the increasing trend of detaching war making from the national political discourse. Obama and Bush found it convenient to their very disparate interests, a long slow culmination from the end of the draft to war by drone, in which the drone pilot sits in a cockpit in Nevada or California and unleashes an armed missile against a target in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Or a B-52 pilot kisses his child goodbye in the morning and says he will be back tonight, while in the meantime "Boxing" a target in a war zone someplace and then flying safely back to base. This in turn is a byproduct of a generation of failed education and low information ignoramus voters who vote on the basis of which robo-call gets implanted most deeply in their head but has utter no conception of what's really happening in politics. Maddow's treatment of the Reagan administrations adventure in Grenada and how Reagan deftly circumvented public involvement or opinion, is priceless Maddow's bottom line is that when we go to war the entire country should feel the pain. One solution should be a mandatory National Service for every American from age 18-21, no exception, with military service one alternative form of service. Terms would need to be worked out, but it’s impossible for the foreseeable future. Republicans would see it as a big government burden that has no political upside and Democrats would need FDR-LBj sized supermajorities to get it past the Republicans. Charles BlandNiagara Falls NY
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
It's so easy to forget history. One gets wrapped up in a day, then a week and the overflowing laundry basket pushes history out of the mind. I understand Iran Contra more than ever and I don't understand why Nixon wasn't impeached. Or Reagan? What Clinton did was harmful to America but those 2 were heroes? I've felt long now that the American experiment in democracy was over, failed, sold to the highest bidder and out of reach. This book brings into detail the events that eroded the once possible goal of democracy. I don't see how future Americans will survive. Their stories will be like those of the North Koreans.
One thing I appreciate about the book is the extensive use of quoted material - primary source. I feel I can trust the reporting.