Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

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Crown/Archetype, Mar 27, 2012 - Political Science - 288 pages
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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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I picked this up very shortly after it came out—I'm a big fan and follower of Rachel. I remember listening to her on Air America while building bookcases for our bookstores in my woodshop. While she ... Read full review

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User Review  - jimrgill - LibraryThing

Maddow does an excellent job of detailing precisely how, over the last fifty years or so, “war culture” (my term, not hers) has transformed our nation. Her analysis of America at war from Vietnam to ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter GI Joe Ho Chi Minh and the American
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Chapter A Nation at Pecice Everywhere in the Worid
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Chapter Let Er Fly
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Chapter lse ot Spice
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Chapter Mylonto Tis oi Thee
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Chapter One Hell of o liing Machine
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Chapter An 8 Triion Fungus Among Us
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You Build It You Own It
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Acknowledgments 263
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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.

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