Drift, The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
The epic story of how American warfare came to be both never-ending and practically invisible. Told with savage wit and a dazzling command of facts.
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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.
Excerpt: "National security is a real imperative for our country—for any country. But the connection between that imperative and what we do about it has gone as frowsy as my hometown’s little pumpstation in high August. Our national security policy isn’t much related to its stated justiﬁcations anymore. To whatever extent we do argue and debate what defense and intelligence policy ought to be, that debate—our political process—doesn’t actually determine what we do. We’re not directing that policy anymore;it just follows its own course. Which means we’ve effectively lostcontrol of a big part of who we are as a country. And we’ve bro-ken faith with some of the best advice the founders ever gave us." ISBN 9780307460981.
Dedication: "To former vice president Dick Cheney. Oh, please let me interview you."
“The Rachel Maddow Show” debuted in September 2008 and was the most successful show launch in MSNBC history, and she was named one of the “Top Ten Political Newcomers of 2008” by Politico.com. She has been nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Outstanding Achievement in News and Information,” and The Rachel Maddow Show received a GLAAD award in 2010. Maddow was honored by the Interfaith Alliance with the 2010 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom award and her MSNBC documentary “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” won a Gracie award in 2011.
Rachel first gained national prominence as a host on Air America Radio, where she worked from its inception in 2004. Prior to joining AAR, she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Rachel Maddow received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University. She earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.
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