"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
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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.
Putting books on the back burner.
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.
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.
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