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Drift by Rachel Maddow
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Apr 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from April 15 to 21, 2012

While there were a few points of historical evidence of which I was not aware previously, the great wonder of this book was how it tied together various disparate things I knew about the modern presidential abuses of power, creating a clear timeline and laying out what has been an influence on the continuing 'drift.' As someone born in the early '80s (and didn't even set foot on U.S. soil until the late '80s), many of the nuances to these events are something to which I have no direct personal connection, though I am seeing the effects today.

The greatest achievement (beyond the style being rather true to Maddow's wit and humor) is that it made me want to research these materials further. It is not the be-all, end-all, and I don't believe Maddow herself would ever make that claim. This is the sort of book that should make us want to question further, to educate ourselves, and to use that knowledge to demand change.
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