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Drift by Rachel Maddow
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Jun 07, 2012

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Quick summary for the curious: the book presents a thesis that contemporary American military policy has diverged from a) what the Constitution envisioned for how the nation would engage in war b) what actually makes sense fiscally and managerially. The supporting evidence cited primarily relies upon choices made in the Reagan administration, the first Gulf War, and recent operations in Pakistan involving drone strikes.

Maddow's writing style employs the same brand of intelligent research coupled with contemporary high-brow wit that has made her so successful in radio and TV. For those looking for a weighty academic tome, this will be disappointing. However, it's probably a better choice for making the book accessible and appealing to a wide audience. Although her conclusions are not earth-shattering for anyone familiar with her political leanings or the relevant events of the last 30 years, the observations made along the way are filled with her usual high level of insight and make the book a fine read. For those particularly curious about the subject matter, it may also serve as inspiration to do more reading.

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