The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war.
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. 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 Reagan's radical presidency, 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. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the scope of American military power to overpower our political discourse.
Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.
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While Maddow critiques the increased use of contractors, her analysis gives the war profiteers too little credit for this metastasizing mess.Read Full Review of Drift
Maybe Maddow didn’t feel she could write an Obama chapter in the middle of his first term, but she lets him off in a way that could read as partisan.Read Full Review of Drift
By ignoring much of the growth of the military establishment in the ‘50s and ‘60s, she makes the current state of affairs appear to be the work of a few misguided presidents, not the logical end result of decades’ worth of societal militarization.Read Full Review of Drift
Drift is densely packed with years of research and unapologetic political wonk but. . .Maddow tempers the academia with whimsical anecdotes and spit-taking humor.Read Full Review of Drift
It’s very well to document how various administrations detached the use of military force from established constitutional procedures, and how Congress grew more and more quiescent over time. . . but it isn’t, actually, sufficient.Read Full Review of Drift
...as to be expected from Rachel Maddow this is done in a clever and witty way making the book not just entertaining but easily accessible. As the school year comes to a close, Drift makes for an excellent addition to your summer reading list.Read Full Review of Drift
And this is where it gets a little tricky, because Maddow is at pains to say that this is not anyone’s fault.Read Full Review of Drift
I especially liked the section on how the military has marketed itself.Read Full Review of Drift
But much is missing from the book. And some of what is there is misleading.Read Full Review of Drift
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