Through the years, we have hosted a lot of book signings by celebrities, but none of our celebrity events matched Rachel Maddow’s in terms of audience (she drew a crowd of 1,800 people to the Woodruff Arts Center) and content. It is not an accident that almost none of the others are among “A Cappella’s 30.” The wildly popular host of an eponymous nightly cable television show is an exception because this is a damned good book. A Rhodes Scholar and a history Ph.D., Maddow obviously has the chops to be a prolific author of analytical historical/political books if she didn’t have such a demanding day job. Drift takes us down the slippery slope that has allowed the military-industrial complex to overwhelm everything else our country does.
Broadway, March 2013. Trade Paperback. New. Item #141339
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 seri-ously funny, Drift reinvigorates a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.