Only Rachel Maddow could make a retelling of the Iran/Contra scandal sound charming.
As viewers of her show on MSNBC have come to expect, her arguments are intelligent, insightful, well thought out and presented.
Even when the subject matter turns to events that might be less than gripping, Rachel's warmth, wit and passion for her argument make for a very enjoyable listen.
I particularly liked how she used excerpts from presidential memoirs to infer the attitudes of our leaders during these conflicts.
Some authors just ought to be heard because their personality is so engaging in a way that the words alone just can't convey. David Sedaris comes to mind. I'd add Rachel Maddow to that list.
Rachel Maddow is pure genius. As some have said, she is the Walter Cronkite of our time. She's so thorough in her research and manages to make issues that I never cared about before not just intriguing but downright fascinating. I'm ashamed to say I don't really know my political history very well so this was a huge lesson for me. And nobody does it better than Rachel. This is why I watch her show because though she clearly has a point of view (and I don't necessarily always agree with her), she is honest and fair and always works to ensure her facts are in order. I loved this book!! I'm going to listen to it a second time. I'm sure I missed some stuff. And I'm glad she narrated it herself. She is just a joy to listen to. Go Rachel!
Rachel can talk about complex ideas and make them accessible.
How I learned to start worrying and hate the bomb (industrial complex)
Factual and SCARY! I listened to Rachel read the book on Audible while following along on my Kindle. As has been stated in other reviews, this book is written in conversational style. If you watch her show you know how personable Ms. Maddow is. She includes puns and her opinion, supported by evidence of long hours of research.
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I like to leave reality and hang out in fantasy-land. Maybe it is because of being surrounded by Real Life that is quite stressful and frightening. Don't expect to come away from this book mollified. No soothing story, this.
But Rachel doesn't leave you with a sense of helplessness. This book was written to raise our awareness of what has been happening right under our noses. But once we are aware, there are things we can do to make sure we get back to our constitutional foundations. This points fingers at a lot of wrongs but neither party is innocent.
I can't believe I read anything about American Military Power. But I feel this book has enlightened me. If it hadn't been written and narrated by Rachel Maddow, I don't think I would have read it.
Thank you, Rach, for keeping us informed.
Maddow is a smart and experienced political commentator and this topic is a serious one worthy of a balanced and honest assessment. However, she is so biased and disparaging in her style that she loses the integrity of her work.
The narration is over-the-top biased in a maner that completely undermines the credibility of the ideas or the research and analysis.
Everything you need to know about this book is really in the summary. Her argument is simply that the president has over time gained greater unilateral powers to wage wars. Most of the book is just a long historical narrative that sweeps through 40 plus years of US military history, breezing past some very interesting parts such as the cold war, without actually anchoring most of the historical trivia to any purpose other than simply what was stated above. There really is not any expansion of this argument, only the story of how it came to be.
it isn't the turth a all. A crazy paranoid reality of a demented person.
Her voice made it hard to follow.
The whole thing. It is filled with lies. Start over with the truth.
I want my money back. Never again. Wanted to see what the fus was about. I am terribly disappointed. Don't make the same mistake as me. If 2 plus 2 is 4 in your reality. Then this book is not for you.
The best book I ever listened to. To hear it from the author just sends it over the top.
The detailing of the Abrams doctrine was eye opening!
Rules, what rules. Presidents don't need them.
thought provoking, interesting
Learning of things I didn't know.
Made me think and want to research more about some of the topics.
Good review of the topics. Gives insight to things possibly unknown or thought about. It is one perspective.
Ms. Maddow does an admirable job narrating her book, but you can tell she's not a professional at this particular art. Didn't interfere with the book, however.
There's a lot of interesting information, and a lot of conclusions drawn. I've not found any of the information to be false - and some I checked on immediately, as I wasn't aware of it.
While I agree with many of her conclusions, they're often not inescapable or inarguable, so be careful in building your own views. If, however, like me, you're an informed liberal, you'll find much of her work here interesting and compelling. She's not going to convert many people with this, though; it's mostly by a liberal for liberals - but, of course, reality has a well known liberal bias... :D