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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

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84 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

An interesting read

I'm not a fan of political nonfiction and rarely read it. Despite that I found this book interesting, entertaining, and insightful. It's as much a ride through certain aspects of American history as it is a political argument. The author manages to cover rather vast gro...
I'm not a fan of political nonfiction and rarely read it. Despite that I found this book interesting, entertaining, and insightful. It's as much a ride through certain aspects of American history as it is a political argument. The author manages to cover rather vast ground, and raises some provocative points while doing so. I'd recommend this to anyone that has an interest in military history, politics, or just smart reads.

posted by VA_Reader on March 27, 2012

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16 out of 188 people found this review helpful.

Rachel Maddow has been shown more than once to be untruthful and

Rachel Maddow has been shown more than once to be untruthful and a massive distorter of the truth. In this book she continues her spouting her far left views of America. Bought this for my Nook Color, big mistake on my part and will try to help my friends from making th...
Rachel Maddow has been shown more than once to be untruthful and a massive distorter of the truth. In this book she continues her spouting her far left views of America. Bought this for my Nook Color, big mistake on my part and will try to help my friends from making the same mistake I did.

posted by Gandpabear on April 1, 2012

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Next up on my election year barrage of political books is Rachel

    Next up on my election year barrage of political books is Rachel
    Maddow’s Drift. First off, I am a huge fan of her TV show, so any
    criticism isn’t political or personal in nature. Nor did I find any
    incorrect or misstated facts throughout the book. My core issue is the
    same criticism I have with all punditry books—they begin with an
    ideological premise and then pick out facts to demonstrate its validity.
    Drift was no exception. Though, my largest critique was the book’s heavy
    focus on the past, rather than current affairs. Of course, a thorough
    understanding of history is necessary to comprehend current politics,
    but Maddow overindulges in minor affairs such as the war in Grenada that
    have little to do with the exploding militarization of today. I found
    the rehashing of twenty-year old scandals to be a major detriment to the
    book’s overall theme. But again, I was already well acquainted with
    them, so these revelations might be illuminating to younger or less
    informed readers. Still, this came at the expense of more modern and
    relevant news, which Maddow normally excels at on her show. I could’ve
    skipped the Reagan bashing for more reporting on Blackwater/Xe…or
    whatever the hell the company is named now. And this is only one of
    thousands of companies operating in the private military industry. But
    don’t get me wrong, I have no issues setting the record straight on
    Reagan; I just didn’t feel it worked well for the overall premise of the
    book. All in all, Drift was a good book, but I expected more than
    reiteration of old news from Maddow. She is a terrific reporter and I
    wish she’d concentrate on gathering stories rather than being a pundit.
    But again, I usually loathe punditry books, even those from the left, so
    the fact I didn’t with this one speaks volumes. And Drift did contain
    some insightful sections and solidly researched stories, so I recommend
    it for the casual political reader. Still, for junkies like me, I’d
    suggest getting your political fix elsewhere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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