"One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Founders could ever have envisioned the contemporary national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rusting nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine.
Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan's radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.
Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.
©2012 Rachel Maddow (P)2012 Random House
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
Love that Rachel does her own narrative.. Great history of the US military.
First military history I've read.
The squarndering of American might.
Drift is the kind of book you could listen to every couple of years to remind you of some of the things in history that are important, relevant to what is happening now and what we should have learned as lessons.
Rachel was great. We felt like she was sitting in our living room telling us this information.
This is a great book for any committed leftist that as no knowledge of or regard for history. Biased view that is the flip side of the right wing garbage from Limbaugh/Hannity. If you are seeking good insight into the mistakes made over the past decade, this isnt the place to find it.
Listening to this audio book was like having Rachel Maddow carpool to work with me. She does her homework, and obviously cares deeply about the subject. A fascinating (although disturbing) listen! As soon as I finished it the first time, I listened to it again. No other reader could have done justice to her style.
Interesting Engrossing Scary
It was a subject that hasn't been spoken about in somtime
She could slow down on the narration a bit, and check her facts about the terminology that was used.
A true tail of wagging the dog, or how America’s Military was defeated, and taken over by the private sector with nary a drop of blood spilled!
It has to be. I haven't read Drift, but there is no replacement for hearing Rachel Maddow deliver her words.
Rachel Maddow was able to make the listen dynamic by changing her tone. She seemed to be really loose when recording so it made it fun to hear her giggle at the parts that are intended to be funny.
It probably would have been an interesting read, but Rachel Maddow's narrative cannot be replaced. If anyone has ever seen her show, they must have the same disappointment I have when there is a fill-in. Same goes with this book.
America's gradual acceptance of dependence on war.
A liberal view of the american military/ industrial complex. It is a very eye opening book.
Yes. Maddow reads well, and tells her story with a passion that enhances her text.
Maddow finds details in the history that we lived that we never heard about at the time. It brings our recent past into perspective.
I couldn't. It made me too angry not to turn off and cool down.
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