As a baby boomer, I watched (and participated in) the era in which US military power has been steered off the track. Rachel's point that this process wasn't a back room conspiracy awaits investigations that won't happen. From Watergate, to Iran-Contra, to Valerie Plame, and the drone wars, it sure looks like the folks at the very top of the executive branch aren't interested in talking about this "drift" in any forum where they are potentially vulnerable to rules of evidence. Rachel has opened this history to the generations that grew up believing that America is a great power, and that grown-ups are in charge. She deserves special thanks for this from her own generation, and praise form those of us who have been watching helplessly for the last fifty years.
I'm guessing that she'll never hear from Dick Cheney, who floats in the background like the Dark Lord. Too bad, I'm sure it would be a great epilogue.
it was historically clear and well written. Another book you did not want to leave alone.
I love her voice and the way she reads. It was like watching her daily.
Our country's struggle with having a stand alone Army in times of peace or relative peace until after WW!! and the mistakes after that.
Great book Rachael! Great witness to justice! More!
Eclectic is a verb
I find Rachel Maddow makes several very valid political points based on a historical review of the use of American Military Power. She has a definite perspective, and her analysis is backed up with trenchant examples. I also happen to enjoy her sense of humor. I think this book will appeal to people who care about the appropriate use of the Military in today's world.
Her discussion of the "calling up of the reserve forces" hit very close to home for me.
Rachel reads her own work, and her comedic take on our human foibles is sharp. Her research is meticulous, of course, but more important are the connections-- how one event leads to the inevitable result.
She does leave us with options, and it is important to hear them again.
The consequences of our path since 9/11 have lead to many unforeseen products of war. The most absurd are a toss-up between the palatial houses on unpaved streets in Iraq, a sewage processing plant that doesn't process sewage, and a fenced area around a municipal water supply in her tiny town in New Hampshire, where no one in the community has the security clearance to get in to mow the grass.
Rachel walks us through the events and choices that lead to these 'products', and the thoughtlessness that spurs us to more of these knee-jerk actions.
Rachel's voice-- her irreverent, witty stories pull us in to the details without being pedantic or preachy-- is full of life and humor. Even when describing some of the dumbest things our government has chosen to do.
This title is just over seven hours... not that long. And... me being me, I did listen to it in one setting. Then I listened again. Then I bought the hard copy, because I wanted to flag passages. It is a delightful listen... it was just so much was very dense, literally. I like to see in print those passages that touch me... how can you quote it, otherwise?
I am a fan... Rachel is one of the smartest women around the TV machine. She is diligent and dedicated to her work. This is proof of that.
Naration by Rachel Maddow leaves no doubt her intent with each passage.
Her explanation of the cost of maintaining our Nuke inventory.
Her messages are clear and fully related.
There were many. The fact that the US has misplaced 11 Nuke weapons is sad.
This is the first time I've reviewed a book and the only time I've ever re-read a book. This work is so strong that I listened to it 3 times.
This is probably one of the best of the hundreds I have listened to. The performance was flawless; the content enlightening and thought-provoking. Maddow's voice lends just the right edge to her book that helps you understand the subtleties of her research and actually adds emphasis to important points you might miss in a single reading of a very information-dense book. It may be a good book, but it's a BETTER audio book!
The most striking thing about the book was forcing me to relive significant news events I thought I knew - but with striking "inside" historical perspective that cast everything in a whole new light. Like most people, I studied the "guns vs. butter" dilemma in school - but here is the whole thing writ large with specific, documented details and explanation of the real-life consequences. Unlike many academic analysis of historical and current events - she also proposes workable solutions!
Rachel is a scary-smart person with top-notch communication skills. This is as polished as it gets.
You think you know history, but you don't - pay attention before it's too late.
Rachel Maddow has rightfully won the respect of a broad spectrum of people for her rigorous intellectual and academic standards when researching topics. I personally respect her ethics, fairness and unflinchingly honest approach on this uniquely difficult and complex topic.
At the top.
The one about the Unmooring of American Military Power...
Rachel Maddow is my hero...
Most of the facts in the book are not new, but they are presented with such a wit and vividness, that you can't help but enjoy the retelling!
The chapters about Reagan and his mythology are plain hilarious. The situation during the war in Serbia - horrifying. The book has a strong liberal skew, but democrats get blamed as much as republicans (well, maybe not as much, but they do not escape responsibility).
The book reminds the Michael Moore movies but without his aggressive lopsidedness, which at times frustrates even the most liberal person.
The narration is brilliant, there is definitely something special about authors narrating own stories. Rachel Maddow is a delight to listen, like you have a non-stop session of Bill Maher or John Steward.
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
I think there was a lot of wasted time on sidebars that could have been spent on more salient analysis.
Of course. She is one of the moving voices on the political Left. I may disagree with her, but she offer a somewhat coherent amalgam of practicality and ideology.
It was a typical performance. She's not a great orator or speaker, but she can read.
Definitely not a movie type book, though I could see some film school students trying to go "Dr. Strangelove" on it.
I enjoy watching Rachel Maddow’s daily television show via podcast. I have come to learn that you do need to fact check her quite often as she presents an interesting perspective on things. Namely, when she disagrees with a point of view, she out of hand throws up her hands and claims there is no way to understand what her opposition is thinking. She uses this quite often throughout this book, which slides it away from the more thorough academic style book I was hoping for from this thoughtful woman.
Her thesis: The American Military/Industrial Complex has garnered too much power and is crowding out democratic processes, is thought provoking, well presented, and well defended. It is not a partisan screed, though her perspective is from a pacifist leaning left position. Hopefully it will lead to an expanded dialog on state actors’ legitimate usages of force in the future.
Whole book is necessary for Americans to comprehend.
Not relevant question for this book in my mind.
Yes, and I almost achieved it.