lettherebebooks, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by lettherebebooks)
I'm thrilled to have more ammunition to counter America's obsessive adoration of Ronald Reagan. Rachel Maddow deserves to be Pope, only I wouldn't wish it on her. White smoke, anyway, for this brilliant book by TV's most brilliant news anchor.
megster, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by megster)
Fascinating look at how role of military has changed in America. Maddow gives an in-depth, well-researched chronicle that is balanced and compelling to read (and all of that with her wonderful sense of snark). I wish every history book I had to read had been this engaging.
Scott Hays, January 17, 2013 (view all comments by Scott Hays)
Rachel Maddow's thorough research, incisive wit, and uncanny ability to unwrap and explain even the most complex of conundrums is evident throughout this book as she unravels and documents the rise of executive power and militarism that has set our country adrift.
John Tiller, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by John Tiller)
Very important analysis of the growth of a permanent military with no draft and no natural containment of the use of the military. . This book addresses some very important concepts that are vital to the financial and international stability of the US. There is some modest bias by the author, but that is easily identified.
nikkikaram, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by nikkikaram)
Fascinating, informative, and easy to read, Maddow does a great job of explaining why the founding fathers vested war-making powers in the legislative branch, and how the executive branch has been chipping away at that crucial tenet for the last few decades. The result is that we no longer have any sense of what war really means to us, its costs and reasons are shadowy and unknown to most citizens, and because we are no longer having public conversations or congressional debates about war and military actions, we are inclined to not care about any of this as much as we should. This books makes me want to be a better citizen. A must-read for everyone.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A bloated, secretive, lawless national security state is pilloried in this scathing but shallow critique of America's post-Vietnam defense policies. MSNBC talk-show host Maddow recaps milestones in a decadeslong process of giving presidents dangerously convenient and unaccountable war-making powers: the Reagan administration's gigantic military buildup, Iran-Contra illegalities, and assertions of executive privilege; the supplanting of soldiers with private contractors under Clinton and Bush fils; the growth of the CIA's secret drone air force; the many invasions, from Grenada to Iraq, launched by commanders-in-chief without constitutional authority. The author presents sharp, well-supported analyses of these episodes, spicing them with a caustic wit that skewers everything from Army recruitment ads to the Air Force's habit of accidentally dropping or misplacing its nuclear warheads. She's less cogent in blaming America's adventurism on the neglect of the Constitution's requirement that Congress declare war (many inane conflicts, like the Spanish-American War, passed that hurdle) and the lapse of the tradition of calling up the citizen-soldiers of the Reserves and National Guard, which she believes puts a brake on war-mongering (although the Iraq War call-up, she allows, had no such effect). Maddow's incisive look at the follies of militarism needs a deeper understanding of why America has so often embraced it. Agent: Laurie Liss, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"In her hard-hitting debut, popular MSNBC host Maddow examines how the country has lost control of its national-security policy...[Written with] humor and verve."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"An insightful look at the cost of military vigilance to ideals of democracy."
by Library Journal (Starred Review),
"Maddow wears her expertise lightly, counterbalancing hard details with phrases (e.g., "the lemons-into-lemonade-moment" or "the sliding-off-the-aircraft-carrier-thing") that keep her narrative invigorating...Highly recommended to all readers engaged in the world today and with how we got here."
by Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars,
"Drift is a provocative, important book that displays all the qualities of its author — intelligence, humor, depth, and originality. Maddow raises vital questions about how the American ways of war have changed and endangered our democracy, but she does so without cant or predictability. America's most charismatic liberal has crafted here an argument for skepticism about our military-industrial complex that will persuade many conservatives — a remarkable achievement"
by Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War,
"Here's this conservative's assessment of Rachel Maddow's Drift It's scathingly funny, deeply insightful, and informed throughout by a deep and abiding sense of patriotism. Bravo, Rachel!"
by Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large, The Atlantic,
"Brilliant book. Drift will stun Americans with its portrait of a hyperventilating United States that has produced too many real live Dr. Strangelove moments. Drawing from thoughtful, national interest-driven conservatives and not just the liberal establishment, Maddow makes the case that what ought to be a strong nation is instead risking shipwreck, by letting war and military matters escape real political and economic gravitational forces. Every page informs and angers at the same time."
by Ira Glass, host of public radio's "This American Life",
"In Drift, people who love Rachel Maddow will discover that her gift for finding amazing anecdotes and funny, revealing details totally translates to the page. People who hate her may be surprised by how often in Drift she espouses some of the most conservative values: a suspicion of big government and unbridled federal power, a zeal to cut wasteful spending and a yearning to return to the intentions of the Founding Fathers."
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