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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (Unabridged)

by Rachel Maddow

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"One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Founders could ever have envisioned the contemporary national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rusting nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. 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, with all the financial and human costs that entails. 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 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. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan's radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

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Thank you Rachel for narrating this book. I love to buy the audio and print versions when I really want to re-learn what I just read, particularly when ADD meds are harder to come by these day!! xo

Great read

I learned a lot and now look at some important things in a different way.

Absolutely fascinating. Couldn't put it down.

A well-researched, insightful look at the history of and politics surrounding America's decisions to go war from the mid-20th century to now. I honestly did not expect it to be this interesting or easy to follow. Definitely a must-read for anyone who cares about the economy, the upcoming presidential election, or policy decisions in general. Highly recommended reading.

Rachel Maddow, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Rachel Maddow
  • Published: 2012
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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