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Drift The Unmooring of American Military Power (Paperback)

Author:  Rachel Maddow
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307460991
ISBN-13: 9780307460998
Sku: 234784265
Publish Date: 3/5/2013
Pages:  304
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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The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war.

"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 modern 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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"A book by the host of a political talk show is often an ancillary product or marketing tool. But DRIFT by Rachel Maddow, whose show is on MSNBC, is much more. It is an argument--a sustained, lucid case in which points are made logically and backed by evidence and reason." - Janet Maslin 03/29/2012

"[A] lively but serious argument about American history . . . DRIFT is a thought-provoking and timely book." - Scott Shane 04/15/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Broadway Books
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