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.
Crisp and well-argued. Great presentation in audio format by the author herself. Easily listened to over a weekend, but worth repeating a second time.
Yes. This book covers so much information over such a dense period of our history that I'm certain to learn with every pass.
Ms. Maddow brings new life to a message that should never have been abandoned by the press.
Her criticism of Obama's use of drone attacks in Pakistan. It is the most timely example of Rachel's citing of abuse of executive power. It also shows that her opinion is not based on her politics, but of her convictions. This book is about how unconstitutional current practices are and how they have come standard operating procedure.
The fact that congress has done nothing but evade any responsibility for this major change in policy. They would rather hide from reality than face what seems to be a wart on the political landscape.
Eisenhower warned us about the Military Industrial Complex in 1961. By then, that industry had begun its strong foothold. But only today can we recognize, with Rachel Maddow's timeline, just how that foothold was gained as well as how it has been maintained, even engrained into our political landscape. Through the use of expanding executive powers, this foothold has become not only a tenet of politics, but foundational to executive success. To not wield that power now is to commit administrative harakiri.
Strong, quick delivery by Ms. Maddow.
The tight fit between the historical information and current issue facing the country.
The lost nukes.
This is a good overview of the decline of the power of the military within the US over the last 30 or so years. Rachel Maddow makes a very cogent argument that the George W. Bush administration usurped any power that the military leaders had exercised in the post-Vietnam era in defining war and conducting it.
What I like most about this book is that it sounds like Maddow's show on MSNBC. The fact that she is the narrator of her own work makes this a great listen. I love the smart and snarky attitude.
Cheney supporters will absolutely hate this book
Yes. I will listen to parts to remember and clarify details to share and discuss with others.
The organization of the information gave a clear picture of our course away from making war the last choice, not the first, to solve problems.
Not a fictional book, but Rachel did a great job giving insights into the decisions made by the presidents and their advisors..
The nuclear weapons information makes you shudder at the amazing lack of safety and control. It could make you a little crazy if you let it.
Rachel did a great job reading her work. Good pace and 'entertained' while you visited the dark side.
Three favorite authors, from three different continents and three different races: Stefan Zweig, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chinua Achebe.
Full disclosure, I am a huge Rachel Maddow fan, I DVR her program every single night she's on. So when she announced on MSNBC that she had a book soon to be published I knew it would be a great piece of work. And it was indeed: relevancy and timeliness of topic, precision of analysis and, as always, great humor.
Only disappointment: she used too much material from his past shows on MSNBC and Air America (her radio show of the same name before she joined MSNBC), no so much regarding the topics she talked about, but with regard to the form and manner in which some stories and anecdotes were rendered. Some passage, I could tell, were literally copied and pasted from materiel from her past shows. But that's probably because I have been listening and watching too much of the Rachel Maddow Show.
Informative, Thought-Provoking, Amazing
There were choices that have been made to get us to this point and it is not too late to make new choices to reconnect our country and our military in a way that resemble that envisioned by our Founding Fathers. We need to refocus our efforts on our home front and winding down our nuclear arsenal. With the amount of money spent on defense. We live in a more fearful world than when I was growing up during the cold war. Lets bring our military under public control and cut out the private for profit companies from this experience, this will reduce the cost and increase the oversight of our efforts in a conflict
The delivery of her jokes makes this book so much better; she has spread them out to break the tension. Just when you are getting really depressed about the mess we as a country have gotten ourselves into, she breaks in with a humorous line. Well done Rachel!!!
Reconnecting with the military and those we pay to prosecute our wars around the world.
This should be required reading for everyone in the country to understand how we go to war now. there is a disconnect with many sectors of our country; rich vs. poor, educated vs. not educated, black vs. white and those go to war vs. those who are at home and do not think about it... We need to regain a set of shared goals that transcend political ideology, as a nation we will all rise or fall together. In the words of Abraham Lincoln "A house divided against itself cannot stand" Let’s work together to get our house in order before it collapses. We need a new vision for our nation. Right now we are still living in the vision of Ronald Reagan and his followers, into never ending war.
Makes you think. Funny but serious. I was really glad that she read her work. Her voice adds to it.