Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
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 seri ously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jphamilton - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Is It Too Late to Descope This?
Chapter A Nation at Peace Everywhere in the World
Chapter Let Er Fly
Chapter Isle oi Spice
Chapter Mylanta Tis oi Thee
Chapter One Hell at 0 Killing Machine
Chapter An 8 Trillion Fungus Among Us
You Build It You Own It