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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (Hardcover)

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Rachel Maddow has hosted the Emmy Award–winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC since 2008. Before that, she was at Air America Radio for the duration of that underappreciated enterprise. She has a doctorate in politics from Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford. She lives in rural western Massachusetts and New York City with her partner, artist Susan Mikula, and an enormous dog.
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war.

"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 modern 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.


ISBN 9780307460981
Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
Format Hardcover
Pages 275
Publisher Date 2012-03-27 00:00:00.0
Publisher Crown Pub
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.5 in
Unit weight 0.9 lb
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Language English
Subtitle The Unmooring of American Military Power
Audience General/trade
Authors Maddow, Rachel

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    Whether or not you are a Rachel Maddow fan (and I am), this is a MUST READ book. With her wonderful sense of humor and incredible wealth of knowledge, the author provides an easy, thought-provoking read that will make you rethink how and why we use our military might. If you are not familiar with Rachel Maddow, please be assured that she holds our military personnel in high regard.

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  • excellent choice

    timely , insightful, worth the read and thought provoking even for neo cons who dominate parts of Wash. DC and military

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