Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Crown Publishing Group | March 5, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307460991

ISBN - 13: 9780307460998

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Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.18 × 0.77 in

Published: March 5, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307460991

ISBN - 13: 9780307460998

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The #1 "New York Times" bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Maddow argues that the U.S. has drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with war and all the costs it entails.

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Chapter 1 G.I. Joe, Ho Chi Minh, and the American Art of Fighting About Fighting thomas jefferson was a lifelong and habitual fretter. He was wary of animal foods, spirituous liquors, state religion, national debt, abolitionists, embittered slaves, unelected federal judges, Yankee politicians, Yankee professors, and Yankees in general. But his predominant and animating worry was the centralization and consolidation of power—in large banks, in closed and secret societies, and, most of all, in governments: the enemy within. “There are instruments so dangerous to the rights of the nation and which place them so totally at the mercy of their governors, that those governors, whether legislative or executive, should be restrained from keeping such instruments on foot, but in well-defined cases,” Jefferson wrote as the Constitution of the United States was being debated. “Such an instrument is a standing army.” His feelings didn’t much change with time. In 1792 he wrote, “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier.” In 1799 he wrote to a political friend that he was “not for a standing army in a time of peace, which may overwhelm public sentiment.” Classicist that he was, Jefferson was apt to bolster his arguments with well-polished (if not strictly accurate) examples of early Western history: “The Greeks and Romans had no standing armies, yet they defended themselves.?.?.?. Their system was to
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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.

About the Author

RACHEL MADDOW has hosted the Emmy Award–winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC since 2008. Before that, she was at Air America Radio for the duration of that underappreciated enterprise. She has a doctorate in politics from Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford. She lives in rural western Massachusetts and New York City with her partner, artist Susan Mikula, and an enormous dog.

Editorial Reviews

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the Washington Post ’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction for 2012 One of Kirkus Reviews ’ Best Nonfiction Books of 2012 “Thank Ms. Maddow for picking this and every other fight that Drift provokes. It will be a smarter public debate than the kinds we''re used to.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times “A biting, bracing tour of the rise of American military bloat...Her fix-it ideas aren''t facile or smiley-faced. They are a coda to the serious project she''s taken on--a project that both plays to her persona and gives it new gravitas...Rachel, if you can get those ideas a serious hearing, you will be much more than TV''s funniest wonk.” — Emily Bazelon, Slate.com “Maddow’s distinctive voice in Drift is highly intelligent, often incredulous and intermittently and humorously profane...Her thesis, which is passionately and effectively articulated, remind[s] us of how far we have drifted from linking the sacrifices of our armed forces around the world to the citizens at home they so selflessly serve… Maddow…[has] provided readers with a timely and perhaps necessary provocation to examine the far-reaching consequences of the American way of war.” — Gordon M. Goldstein, Washington Post “Crosses partisan lines and deals with issues that deserve a healthy debate...A compelling, intelligent read filled with Maddow''s trademark wit.” — Mary Houlihan, Chicago Su
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