I learned a lot reading this text, and often found Maddow's arguments persuasive. However, her assumption that the reader was invariably pro-military...moreI learned a lot reading this text, and often found Maddow's arguments persuasive. However, her assumption that the reader was invariably pro-military is ill-advised. I for one would like to see the military as an extremely low-priority in this country. Lethality is not admirable. "The enemy" is doublespeak for "the nationality of the people we won't be arrested for killing today." The book is indeed non-partisan at least as far as it's not leaning one way or the other regarding Democrats and Republicans. So I guess my main criticism is not that it's not progressive enough, but that it assumes a certain definition of what an U.S. citizen is.
That said, the book is highly informative, lively, well-researched and put-together, and recommended. I lived through the history represented in the bulk of the book, but I was too young or too focused on other things to understand what was going on. The book, mingling with my more-developed brain (I was in my late teens during Iran-Contra revelations), has helped me get a better grip on these matters. Moreover, I feel inspired to read more texts and perhaps even take a political science course or two just to go even deeper into military-related political policy.
Now if only Maddow would cover the Bradley Manning story in some capacity...(less)