Drift - Rachel Maddow


Artist Rachel Maddow

  • Release Date: 2012-03-27
  • Genre: Public Administration
Score: 4.5
From 1,172 Ratings


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.


  • Drift

    By Alcea Sprung
  • Careful unbiased assessment

    By THEmatrix523
    Coming from an enlisted military perspective having been serving for the last 10 years and through 2 yearlong deployments to Iraq, I felt Ms. Maddow gave an honest and unbiased assessment of our country's growing military/civilian divide. A good read.
  • Insightful

    By JDale1
    An absolute must read! Rachel may not be the nations best writer however she may be the nations best thinker. Rachel is destined to be one of the best political intellectuals of all times. Charlie Rose place her on your interview list pronto! Dale Simmons
  • Fair and balanced...

    By GdCA
    ...it really is. Unlike, well...you know. A scholarly, rational, thoroughly readable and relentlessly entertaining book. Her conversational style draws you in and holds your attention. Agree or disagree, this book should be required reading for everyone in government. It will provoke discussion.
  • Awesome!!

    By GringoLocoNJ
    Excellently written! It's a must-read.
  • Nothing wrong with it

    By Jbsteven
    I'm a big fan of the authors commentary and opinions. In large part because she thoroughly researches her information, is well versed on the topics and infuses just the right amount of humor to compliment her superior intellectualism. This volume is certainly no different, however, I found most of the content a bit dry and actually over analyzed. Although there are fascinating sections such as the defense budget numbers, nuclear industry status, and executive branch overreach these are brief. I feel the book lacked a certain cohesiveness and compelling appeal. Worth the read, but hard pressed to recommend it.
  • Great Read

    By Dan_Clements
    This should be required reading for everyone. Really an outstanding book based on facts, not invented rhetoric.
  • Easy politics

    By Lotta Gas
    Rachel makes politics interesting by using humor and frankness. I hope she is writing another book. Love her style !
  • Super!

    By J.hogue
    Great book with the whit and smarts you get with Maddow! Super job!
  • Great read

    By mattmogren
    Fascinating look at modern military history. A must read.