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Drift by Rachel Maddow
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Apr 12, 2012

it was amazing

The book is incredibly well written. The language itself is engrossing. For two days, I was absolutely absorbed by the humor and the surprising research depth that Maddow weaved into the text, especially given her standing as a TV host, not a scholar or a professional writer. Admittedly, the book recounts well-known facts of American hisotory, but all this is well-worth repeating and more to the point: Maddow manages to connect the dots so skillfully and seemingly without an effort as to show the reader how American military has become a separate entity, disconnected from the nation or the legislative branch of the country, not by some shadowy conspiracy, but more as a series of rational (if short-sighted) choices that were beneficial for the presidents at the time of their making. People interested in the intricacies of the legislature vs executive branch fight in the realm of war making, the unavoidable politics behind it and the current state of American military might and its effects on America (as well as our) perception of what war is, this book is a recommended read.
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