I'm not going to comment the content for this material because it is very good. A bit one sided, but if you want to know what went on behind close doors between each president's administration on going to war, dating back to President Reagan's Star Wars, to 9/11, and the whole issue of President Bush's War on Terror and the privatization of going to battle and the hidden tax cuts, then "Drift" is probably most accurate material that you can read.
I am going to comment the narration and performance of this reading material, because let's face it, anything less than 8 hours of an audiobook is not really a book because there is not enough time to cover the content and let the information soak into your brain.
Although I always enjoy listening to the author reading their own material, Rachel Maddow's voice can be taken to be too casual, where the information that she is reading, can get to be catty and instead of learning about facts, you are listening personal commentary.
It almost feels like her attitude on the subject is bitching, or a lecture from someone that knows too much, and no other opinions counts..
I think I got what I expected, but hoped for a bit more. Maddow has a clear understanding of what happened to get the military where it is now, and I learened a lot that I didn't know. But I felt like she was sparing me the messy details and the "yes, but's". Most situations have two sides to them. Telling both sides is history. Telling mostly just one side is ultimately kind of boring. And that is what happens here. I didn't even finish the book.
Oh yes! Rachel Maddow is bright, funny and has an incredible storehouse of knowledge. Plus, her political viewpoint coincides with my own.
Rachel has a wonderful voice and easily injects emotion into what is really pretty dull stuff. She clearly enjoys her topic.
No. This isn't movie material.
Yes. Informative and entertaining.
Rachel Maddow has a direct yet entertaining style that helps bring to light the facts that cause the listener to think more deeply about the impact the military has on our economy and our politics. Perhaps more than we might commonly think.
Listen to this book. You will not regret your decision no matter what your political position might be. You are sure to learn something.
Concisely deserved hubris.
Drift is like a History of the CIA meets a People's History of the United States of America because it covers the history of government policy with respect to defense; however, it's main demographic is would be the concerned average U.S. citizen.
I do listen to the Rachel Maddow Show from time to time. Here narrative voice is similar to the show sans the side commentary and humor (unless it's written into the text).
There was a point when the author made me realize that I'm a citizen of a nation at war, and yet, my life hasn't really changed one way or another as compared with wars in the past.
Rachel Maddow tackles subject with grace and informative humor. Drift is swift and fun if you want thoroughly answer the question in my headline stated above in about a day.
I would definitely read Drift again. So much information about the outsourcing of U.S. military operations and so well presented.
Maddow presents so much information about the politics and corruption involved with military operations, yet she does so without ever becoming cynical and depressing. The occasional "snarkiness" is understandable.
Maddow relates the current use of military power by the U.S. president to the intended controls put in place by the framers of the constitution. While effective in showing how different today's use of war-making power has strayed from its constitutional origins, it creates the false dichotomy of good (original constitution) and bad (current use of military powers). Nevertheless, a fine work.
The author does an interesting job of presenting the premise that going to war is moving farther and farther from the Constitutional process. A thoughtful and entertaining book that I've listened to 3 times in one month.
I liked a lot of things about this book, but Rachel needs to hire a fact checker. The first thing that really bugged me was her telling of the invasion of Grenada. She said that Navy SEALs were riding in an Air Force jet. That doesn't happen. And then (three times, actually), she referred to ADMIRAL John Poindexter as a Marine.
Mmmm, Rachel, please, really, hire a fact checker.
In an average book, these faux paus might be overlooked, but Rachel is trying to guide military policy through her insights about the military. If you can't get basic facts about how the military works correct, you don't have a lot of credibility on the topic.
The author is smart and she has a good valid point to bring across. My problem is when someone can't see ANY good at all in the "opposition" that I begin to question the balance of the facts being put forward. It's a good subject and I agree with her basic train of thought but the constant, relentless Republican bashing at every opportunity gets tiresome.