Drift

Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

Book - 2012
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Identifying what the author believes to be a battle between the priorities of civilian life and the war, the host of the critically acclaimed The Rachel Maddow show explains that today's focus on national security is actually compromising national stability, tracing the historical events and contributing factors that have promoted a deeply militarized American culture.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307460981
0307460983
Branch Call Number: 306.27 MAD 2012
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm

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Morgan983
Apr 24, 2017

Very insightful and written well! Dr. Maddow explains the topic extremely with her signature mixture of intellect tinged with smart, tasteful humor.

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Hopalong_Kid
Dec 01, 2014

Well written, smart book. It's very readable, accurate and engaging that readers might just pay more attention. The book raises sound questions about entrenched militarism in the US, that the founding fathers were so adamantly opposed to, and whether we will become a police state if there are no checks or balances to the growing militarism.

In the latter part of the book, Maddow does a great job pointing out the collapse of our nuclear missile infrastructure. Her stories foreshadow many of the subsequent scandals within the troops manning our nukes.

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StarGladiator
Nov 30, 2014

I agree with the Publisher Weekly's descriptive phrase of a . . ./// shallow critique \\\. Maddow has a talent for repeating the obvious - - yes, America has been on war footing since WWII. I.e., follow the money. What are the two major exports of America? Debt and munitions. Who makes the money from those exports? The banksters. Maddow is yet another reframer who would have us believe, this all just happened of its own accord. Follow the money . . .

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OlivePlaid
May 31, 2014

Wow. Funny and informative. Also quite scary. This should be required reading for high school seniors and college students.

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JanusJustIs
May 30, 2014

I think this is an excellent book, meticulously researched & written in a way that everyone can understand. I truly love watching Maddow take pot-shots at the latest politician(s) who f**k up and you can definitely hear her voice as you soak up each and every page of Drift. I honestly didn't realize how much danger the world is actually in because our neighbors to the south are stupider and more careless than we ever thought! She has a new book called "Why We Did It", which the library doesn't have yet - but I'll be first in line when the finally do!

gramercygal Mar 22, 2014

Should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of this country!

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StarGladiator
Feb 15, 2014

This is actually a preposterous book. I'm not disputing any of the factual information Maddow writes of, but she is attacking the status quo, while supporting the status quo. It is simply cognitive dissonance piled on cognitive dissionance. She wants America to remain an empire, while reining in the empire? Such a supporter of the Council of Foreign Relations is Maddow. One day she may wake up, but I doubt it as at heart she is a phoney crat, not the real thing.

nima90 Nov 13, 2013

Interesting read, excellent insight to the cost of maintaining a bloated army and decline of empire.

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GuyN
Aug 31, 2013

Worth reading just for the chapter on the US's ageing nuclear arsenal. It will curl your socks. Although, as one might expect, Maddow points a finger or two in this chapter, primarily she lays out the deplorable state of our nuclear arsenal, physically and morally, and the dangers that won't go away without a lot of work and $. This problem transcends political beliefs.

voisjoe1 Jun 09, 2013

“Drift” is a chapter-by-chapter portrayal how America’s military got so big as to equal the sum of all of the militaries of the developed nations. We learn how Reagan on one hand would lie about a so-called welfare queen that made $150,000 a year while on the other hand he was laying out billion dollar welfare programs for the largest military-industrial corporations of America. Reagan would start wars and/or threaten tiny countries such as Grenada, Panama, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Bush I and Bush II would see how popular a president becomes when he becomes a war-president and would see that one can silence the opposition party by calling them unpatriotic for the mere act of questioning the sanity of the war once it has started. The surprise for me in this book was the startling facts about the various mishaps the military has had with the thousands of nuclear missiles that are located throughout the world. I guess I should have realized with thousands, there must be some radioactive material released during mistakes or accidents made in their maintenance and transportation.

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