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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Maddow
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1306 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009IBX0WC
  • Publisher: Crown (27 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BUG6T8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking 3 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachel Maddow outlines some thought-provoking trends in American military culture; as a Canadian looking in from the outside, this book changed some of my perceptions about the American military-machine. I highly recommend this book for people worldwide who are looking for a deeper understanding of the behemoth that is the American military. Maddow's style is engaging and smart, without being overly pretentious.
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I read this book as I had nothing to do during the holiday - however I do recommend reading this as it has an interesting central idea: namely that the US has been moving to separate civilian life from 'martial life' which has caused problems in a wider range of US politics. Without going into too much detail it spends a bit of time coming from the US constitution how all wars should be fought with civilians to allow the people to know what they are fighting for (loosely paraphrased). It spends a bit of time showing how various legal manoeuvres have ensured that civilians are not involved in understanding what the military does any more so that they are not involved in what is presented as major policy issues.

It gives a summary of why this has happened, and it shows the rise of private military contractors. The methods that successive US presidents have used to unilaterally declare war, or even what it sounds like illegally or clandestinely conduct 'wars' is quite scary. The descriptions of the private contractors as worrying suggesting that the US can "outsource" the war without taking responsibility, and there is sections suggesting that these contractors are immune from laws, and seem to not actively help the military but also contribute to sexual slavery if not outright paedophilia.

I'm not sure what the only other current review that is 1 star is on about because it doesn't even seem to review the central thesis of this book. I would state that it is better to actually read the book (lend it from a library if you need to) than fall into the right wing/left wing trap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener 24 Nov 2012
By Frank
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Many events pass by without much attention in the media. This is a major one. You see separate instances unfolding but you are not sufficiently focused to connect the dots.
Well, this book does that. The writer has a clear left wing bias. Regardless the facts she presents are undeniable. The book exposes the coming true of the worst fears of the founding fathers. I.e. an imperial power of the president to wage wars as if he were a king.
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Maddow writes like she would present her show. While the show's presentation style works, transferred to paper the writing style didn't sit well with me from the beginning. But I kept faith with the author's wandering wilfulness in the framing of content. It was only these, I think, that made the subject matter interesting enough (for me).
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