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Drift - Rachel Maddow

Drift

Author Rachel Maddow

  • Published: 2012-03-27
  • Category: Public Administration
4.5 Stars
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Price: $14.99

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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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Drift

    4
    From KHPH
    Despite the apparently casual style of writing, both the premise of the book and the historical analysis are thoughtfully presented and carefully documented. There is cogent evidence that the U.S.A. has allowed its war making apparatus to fall from the jurisdiction of Congress into a Presidential prerogative while, at the same time, the military believes their fighting edge can only be maintained by continual real combat. Hence, the country which was originally structurally organized to favor peace is now drifting into a nation inclined to war. Whether you are an old "lefty", like me, or an arch conservative, there is much here to think about. A good read for any student of politics and history. KHPH, Barrister & Solicitor Canada