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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Rachel Maddow provides a discomforting exploration of U.S. military power over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, highlighting how various disconnected elements have conspired to create a nation of people with little understanding about the true costs of war.Â With her experience as a television show host, Maddow is a very capable narrator. Her delivery is clear and her pacing steady.Â She also skillfully uses emphasis and tone to highlight moments of humor or importance. However, in making her arguments, Maddow may alienate some listeners, particularly when she mocks political figures with whom she disagrees. Though this is clearly an aspect of Maddow's style, it can be off-putting and works to undercut her ability to reach all but her most loyal fans. A Crown hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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.
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