Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7½ hrs. Random Audio. 2012. ISBN 9780307970381. $35; 6 CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. POL SCI
Rhodes Scholar Maddow makes her debut with this work on U.S. politics, war, military, and all the players in between. From start to finish, Maddow provides facts and statistics ranging from the personal beliefs of our Founding Fathers to the $8 trillion spent on nuclear weapons that could destroy the world countless times over. Maddow's scholarly approach reduces bias, but it may be too dense for many listeners. Print readers who could revisit passages may be better able to appreciate her complex message that the United States should be a "deliberately peaceable nation."
VERDICT Maddow's narration helps capture her wit, emotion, and passion, but the work often has a textbook-like feel. Best for politics and history buffs. ["Maddow can be sassy, but she's deadly serious…[and] she ends with a to-do list for finding our way back to a reasonable national security state. Highly recommended to all readers engaged in the world today and with how we got here," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Crown hc, LJ 3/15/12.—Ed.]
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