I would listen again to Drift because a lot of facts fly by rapidly.
Rachel Maddow is a a careful and thoughtful writer. Anything that is of the quality of Drift would be in my wishlist.
While her personality is somewhat muted, it felt very good to hear it in her own voice.
The existence of the Reserve Corps has played an important part in the public's support of a military action.
The thesis of the book should be alarming to us all. The fact that we have gone from a nation opposed (generally) to military adventurism to a country that is constantly involved in the use of the military to achieve foreign policy objectives is, ironically, a threat to our security. Rachel Maddow effectively argues this point.
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.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
As Brutus tells witnesses to Caesar’s bloody death, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” Ironically, Rachel Maddow, foments a similar feeling about the American military in her book, “Drift”. She attacks executive branch’ usurpation of the Constitution’s separation-of-powers regarding declarations of war while burying the new American military that began changing after Vietnam.
Maddow is an intelligent liberal commentator for MSNBC. This labeling seems necessary because, though in many respects her analyses of change in the military are spot-on, there is an innate intellectual, liberal bias in her argument.
Human beings are good and evil; not one or the other but both. Humans also make mistakes; some from stupidity and others from ignorance. Maddow is a rationalist that looks at the Constitution and uses a liberal’s ideals to bolster a belief that adherence to war-making clauses of the Constitution will somehow result in slower and more rational decisions because of extensive debate in Congress. In the real world, there is only rationalization not rational decision making in going to war in advance of a decision to go to war.
War is only rational or correct in retrospect; never before declaration is made whether by strict constitutional or unconstitutional grounds. It may be that Maddow is acknowledging the irrationality of war by pointing out that the Constitution slows the process of declaring war rather than suggesting it makes the decision more rational but it still begs the question of whether slowing the process makes any difference in a good or bad decision to go to war.
“Drift” is not an enjoyable listen but it opens one’s eyes to the change that has occurred in the American military. In this reviewer’s mind, “Drift” praises the American military rather than buries it.
NOTE: Discussion about drones is a significant gap in this review and the consequence of their use remains an open question that is forthrightly raised in Maddow’s book. Drones are the next step in remote war begun by Hitler with the V-2. The consequence of technologically informed killing by drones does not change human nature. Remote killing is an objectification of war that savages morality and anesthetizes personal responsibility.
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.