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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power | [Rachel Maddow]

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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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    L.W. Paterson, NJ, United States 09-24-12
    L.W. Paterson, NJ, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Drift in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting Engrossing Scary


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a subject that hasn't been spoken about in somtime


    What aspect of Rachel Maddow’s performance would you have changed?

    She could slow down on the narration a bit, and check her facts about the terminology that was used.


    If you could give Drift a new subtitle, what would it be?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley OSHKOSH, WI, United States 09-24-12
    Ashley OSHKOSH, WI, United States 09-24-12
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    "Entertaining and Informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drift to be better than the print version?

    It has to be. I haven't read Drift, but there is no replacement for hearing Rachel Maddow deliver her words.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could give Drift a new subtitle, what would it be?

    America's gradual acceptance of dependence on war.


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    James Grosse Pointe, MI, United States 09-17-12
    James Grosse Pointe, MI, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010

    chester660

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    "liberal view of the American milititary"
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    A liberal view of the american military/ industrial complex. It is a very eye opening book.

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    Amazon Customer Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-12-12
    Amazon Customer Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A First-Class Account of the Business of War"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Drift to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Maddow reads well, and tells her story with a passion that enhances her text.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Maddow finds details in the history that we lived that we never heard about at the time. It brings our recent past into perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Maddow – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't. It made me too angry not to turn off and cool down.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Tacoma, WA, United States 09-01-12
    Julie Tacoma, WA, United States 09-01-12
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    well - I don't know how anyone can write a good and host a news show all at the same time. It was ok and I deflinately learned a few things.

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    Tim United States 07-13-12
    Tim United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Catty Narrator"

    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..

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    Ronald Madison, WI, United States 06-18-12
    Ronald Madison, WI, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Rachel is great but not a historian"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Maddow? Why or why not?

    Oh yes! Rachel Maddow is bright, funny and has an incredible storehouse of knowledge. Plus, her political viewpoint coincides with my own.


    What about Rachel Maddow’s performance did you like?

    Rachel has a wonderful voice and easily injects emotion into what is really pretty dull stuff. She clearly enjoys her topic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. This isn't movie material.


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    Harvey 05-21-12
    Harvey 05-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Rachel Maddow's Style and Wit shine through."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Informative and entertaining.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. You will not regret your decision no matter what your political position might be. You are sure to learn something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ever asked how the military industry got so BIG?"
    If you could sum up Drift in three words, what would they be?

    Concisely deserved hubris.


    What other book might you compare Drift to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Maddow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Peoria, AZ, United States 05-07-12
    David Peoria, AZ, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Important whether your a liberal or conservative"

    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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