There's a war going on, argues Maddow: a battle between the priorities of civilian life and of the war machine, and right now the national security sector is winning--leaving the United States "less" strong and secure. In "Drift," Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape ...Read MoreThere's a war going on, argues Maddow: a battle between the priorities of civilian life and of the war machine, and right now the national security sector is winning--leaving the United States "less" strong and secure. In "Drift," Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become--how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-05-28 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. With her experience as a television show host, Maddow is a very capable narrator. Her delivery is clear and her pacing steady. 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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-02-20 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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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