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Dorothy Wickenden discusses Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

EVENT:  Dorothy Wickenden appears for her new Book Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In 1916, Dorothy Wickenden’s grandmother, Dorothy Woodruff, and her best friend, Rosamund Underwood, left society life in New York to become teachers in a new school—in the wilds of Northwestern Colorado.  Traveling by train to Denver and then on horseback for three days, they arrived at the remote outpost of Elkhead, where their students, the children of homesteaders, came to school in rags and bare feet.  Central to their experiences is Ferry Carpenter, the shrewd, witty, and occasionally outrageous young lawyer and cattle rancher who hired them—in part as would-be brides for the locals.  Dorothy becomes engaged to a banker in Chicago on their way West, while Rosamund is courted by both Carpenter and his best friend, a handsome mining engineer and the son of one of Denver’s wealthiest industrialists. Nearly 100 years later, Dorothy Wickenden came across the extraordinarily detailed letters these two women sent home to their families, and she reconstructed their adventure.  Nothing Daunted is an intimate, quirky story about two intrepid women on a journey that would change their lives forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Dorothy Wickenden has been the Executive Editor of The New Yorker since January 1996.  A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was National Affairs Editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995 and before that was the longtime Executive Editor at The New Republic.  She lives with her husband and her two daughters in Westchester, New York.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $15.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Softcover of Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price.

EVENT FORMAT:  Dorothy Wickenden will discuss her new Book and answer audience questions.  The Presentation will last approximately One Hour.  A Booksigning follows this Presentation. Prior to the start of this presentation, Vivien Jennings, president and owner of Rainy Day Books will present suggestions for recommended reading for book clubs from 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM. 

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Jean Carnahan discusses A Little Help from My Friends: ...and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously

EVENT:  Jean Carnahan will discuss her new Book A Little Help from My Friends: ...and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Too many older adults look upon their lives as a shrinking island to which they retire surrounded by their aches and pains, regrets, disappointments, and fears.  But not Jean and Edna. They are two gutsy septuagenarians with a hearty outlook on life.  Like ancient seers, they have found the answers to the perplexities of daily living and they are eager to share our insight.  In addition, they review various products they have discovered that lessen “senioritis” or, at least, make it more tolerable.

In these thirty-some, laugh-out-loud essays, Jean and her friend Edna are opinionated and vociferous.  They react to everything from malls, manners, and makeup to birthdays, beauty secrets, and bras.  They take on underwear, handbags, clutter, airport security, grandkids, napping, habits, pets, health, saleswomen, travel, coffee shops, and weddings.  It took Jean and Edna 77 years a piece to figure out life, but they’ve done it with great aplomb.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jean Carnahan grew up in Washington D.C., and graduated from George Washington University, and she spent most of her life in Missouri, where she worked alongside her husband Mel Carnahan in his 19 political campaigns.  In 2000, Governor Carnahan was elected to the U.S. Senate posthumously, following a plane crash in which he and their oldest son were killed.  Jean went to Washington in his place, becoming the first woman from Missouri to serve in the U.S. Senate.  Now retired, the former First Lady of Missouri is a motivational speaker, political activist, the author of five Books, and creator of the political website www.FiredUpMissouri.com

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $14.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Little Help from My Friends, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price.

EVENT FORMAT:  Jean Carnahan will discuss her new Book, her life and her work.  The Presentation will last approximately One Hour.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Dee Snider discusses Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

EVENT:  Dee Snider, Rock 'n' Roll Legend, appears In Conversation about his new memoir Shut Up and Give Me the Mic on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  Dee Snider will discuss his new Book, his life and his career. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this "twisted" memoir, Dee Snider, Rock 'n' Roll Legend, writes: "This story is mine.  I’m the guy that gave it all to beat the odds, left everything he had on the stage each night, didn’t screw around on his woman, took care of his kids, and was sober enough to remember it all and write about it . . . myself.  The one thing that has surprised and confused me, though, is my unlikely transformation into a “beloved public figure.”  How did the unpopular kid, who grew up to be the angry young man, who became the ’80s poster boy for the evils of Rock ’n’ Roll, arrested for profanity and assault, and boycotted by parents and religious groups, become the likeable mensch he is today?"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Dee Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor.  Dee is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of Shut Up and Give Me the Mic, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price. Get your Admission Packages at the door beginning at 6:00 PM!

EVENT FORMAT:  Dee Snider will be ln Conversation about his Book, his life and work.  The Conversation will last approximately One Hour.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

A Conversation with Anna Quindlen: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

EVENT:  Anna Quindlen appears In Conversation about her new Book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  Anna Quindlen will discuss her life and work in conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books. Guests will enjoy cupcakes courtesy of BabyCakes!

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this irresistible memoir, The New York Times Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-Winner Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help Bestseller Lists.  Her Book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies.  While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud.  Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.  She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine and Every Last One.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price. 

EVENT FORMAT:  Anna Quindlen will be live, in person, on stage and In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about her life and work.  The Conversation will last approximately One Hour.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all domestic orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Clint Hill, Retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent and Co-Author Lisa McCubbin for Five Days in November

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Clint Hill, Retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent and Co-Author Lisa McCubbin will give a Multimedia Presentation and discuss in detail their new Book Five Days in November.

ABOUT CLINT HILL:  Clint Hill, Retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent who was in the Presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963.  Special Agent Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy and the children until after the 1964 Presidential election.  He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House.  In 1967, when Johnson was still in office, he became the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of Presidential protection.  When Richard Nixon came into office, he moved over to SAIC of protection of Vice President Spiro Agnew.  Finally, Special Agent Hill was assigned to headquarters as the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection.  He retired in 1975.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  On November 22, 1963, three shots were fired in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the world stopped for four days.  For an entire generation, it was the end of an age of innocence.  That evening, a photo ran on the front pages of newspapers across the world, showing a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the President and Mrs. Kennedy.  That agent was Clint Hill. Now Secret Service Agent Clint Hill commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy with this stunning book containing more than 150 photos, each accompanied by Hill's incomparable insider account of those terrible days.  With poignant narration accompanying rarely seen images, we witness three-year-old John Kennedy Jr.'s pleas to come to Texas with his parents and the rapturous crowds of mixed ages and races that greeted the Kennedys at every stop in Texas.  We stand beside a shaken Lyndon Johnson as he is hurriedly sworn in as the new president.  We experience the first lady's steely courage when she insists on walking through the streets of Washington, D.C., in her husband's funeral procession. A story that has taken Clint Hill fifty years to tell, this is a work of personal and historical scope.  Besides the unbearable grief of a nation and the monumental consequences of the event, the death of JFK was a personal blow to a man sworn to protect the first family, and who knew, from the moment the shots rang out in Dallas, that nothing would ever be the same.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $30.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Five Days in November, One Stamped Admission Ticket, and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's Your choice, for the same price. 

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED. Admission Packages will be available for purchase at the door of this event beginning at 6:00 PM. 

EVENT FORMAT:  Retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Clint Hill and Co-Author Lisa McCubbin will give a Multimedia Presentation and discuss in detail their New Book Five Days in November followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a copy below and choose shipping on your Order.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event. 

Book Pitch Workshop with The Book Doctors!

EVENT:  The Book Doctors, AKA Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, the Married Couple Authors of the Workman Publishing Book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It...Successfully!, will give a Book Pitch Workshop based on their Bestselling Book.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, March 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas 66205

ADMISSION PACKAGE (ADMITS ONE):  $75.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Softcover of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and One Admission to the Workshop.  THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.

EVENT FORMAT:  Arielle has been a Literary Agent for 18 years, and David is the Bestselling author of 13 Books, the last of which appeared on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  They’ve helped dozens and dozens of talented amateurs become professionally published authors.  They’ve appeared on NPR many times, and taught publishing at Stanford University.

Every attendee will be guided through a One Hour Workshop on developing and perfecting a "Pitch" for their Book.  After, each Workshop patron will have the opportunity to Pitch and receive constructive and positive feedback.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.

Kauffman Center & Rainy Day Books present Kenny Broad, Diver and Environmental Anthropologist

EVENT:  Kenny Broad, Diver and Environmental Anthropologist, will give a Multimedia Presentation of his life and work.  Rainy Day Books will have Kenny's Books available for purchase at this Author Event.

ABOUT THE EVENT: In Kenny Broad’s line of work, exploring submerged caves and blue holes, one mistake can equal death. He and his team must take every precaution to avoid such dangers as stirring up sediments that can wipe out visibility, succumbing to nausea as they pass through a toxic layer of hydrogen sulfide, or getting lost in maze-like passageways with a limited supply of diving gasses. The need to study blue holes is urgent, as they are among the least studied and most threatened habitats on Earth. Broad’s work combines the study of risk perception, exploration, and environmental anthropology.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, 1601 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  Tickets are available directly from Kauffman Center Box Office.  Please call Kauffman Center Box Office at 816-994-7222.  More info is available on the Kauffman Center Box Office Website.

EVENT FORMAT:  Kenny Broad will give a Multimedia Presentation about his life, his work as a diver and environmental anthropologist, followed by a Question & Answer session with the audience.  Rainy Day Books will have Kenny's NOVA: Extreme Cave Diving: Explore Earth's Underwater Frontier Single DVD available for purchase at this Author Event.  A DVD Autographing will follow the Presentation.

Pitchapalooza Redux! The Book Doctors return!

EVENT:  The Book Doctors, AKA Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, the Married Couple Authors of the Workman Publishing Book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It...Successfully!, will making a house call in Kansas City, and they want YOU to PITCH your BOOK at their Pitchapalooza.  It’s like American Idol for Books, only without the Simon Cowell.

Read more about Pitchapalooza in The New York Times.

Read more about Pitchapalooza in Kansas City last year!

Visit The Book Doctors online to learn more about the book AND Pitchapalooza.  

DATE & TIME:  Monday, March 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $15.95 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Softcover of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, and One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Admission Ticket.  Each Stamped Admission Ticket Holder will be allowed to Register for a chance to pitch their Book LIVE.

EVENT FORMAT:  A limited number of participants will be invited to Pitch, chosen at random from Registrants.  Writers get One Minute to Pitch their Book ideas to a panel of publishing experts.  Arielle has been a literary agent for 18 years, and David is the Bestselling author of 13 Books, the last of which appeared on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  They’ve helped dozens and dozens of talented amateurs become professionally published authors.  They’ve appeared on NPR many times, and taught publishing at Stanford University.  Arielle & David will be joined by two other panelists from Kansas City.

Last year's Winner was Kansas City resident Jennifer Albin.  Jennifer wound up signing a 3 Book Contract with Farrar Straus Giroux Publishing.  Her debut novel, Crewel, will be published this Autumn!

Every writer who purchases a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published from Rainy Day Books before or at this Event will get a Complimentary 20 Minute phone consultation from The Book Doctors after the Event (a $100 value).  Please make sure to provide your E-mail Address and Phone Number at the time of purchase.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.

Kauffman Center & Rainy Day Books present Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs

EVENT:  Annie Griffiths, National Geographic Photographer will give a Multimedia Presentation of her life, her work and her new Book A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs.  Rainy Day Books will have Annie's Books available for purchase at this Author Event.

ABOUT THE EVENT:  “I have learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely… and that their stories are worth sharing with the world” ~ Annie Griffiths

Experience the life of a photographer on assignment for National Geographic Magazine—and meet a true pioneer who figured out her own way to balance work and family.  One of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, Annie Griffiths has worked on every continent except Antarctica, while also raising two children.  Perhaps the only professional photographer ever to pack her camera gear in Pampers, she found a way to stay close to her kids without putting the brakes on her career—even if it meant bringing the two along with her on assignment in places as distant as the ruins of Petra in Jordan or the Galápagos Islands.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall, 1601 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  Tickets are available directly from Kauffman Center Box Office.  Please call Kauffman Center Box Office at 816-994-7222.  More info is available on the Kauffman Center Box Office Website.

EVENT FORMAT:  Annie Griffiths will give a Multimedia Presentation about her life, her work as a National Geographic Photographer and her new Book A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs, followed by a Question & Answer session with the audience.  Rainy Day Books will have Annie's Books available for purchase at this Author Event.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs Cover Image
By Annie Griffiths (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426202452
Availability: Out of Stock, generally 2-3 days to Order your Copy
Published: National Geographic Society - March 18th, 2008

National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths discloses the secrets of a peripatetic life... revealing in often hilarious detail how she managed to juggle two children, bulky cases of camera equipment and everything needed for a nurturing family life as she traveled to far-flung destinations around the world.  Annie was one of the first female photographers hired at the National Geographic Society.  When her children were born, she kept right on going—and this book is a loving compendium of the wisdom she gained.  It chronicles three decades of international travel, a moveable family, and the art she created along the way.  Annie shares intimate moments, lessons learned from other women and men she met, and all the fun and heartache of the experience.  Her quirky sense of humor and many touching stories will delight and excite readers who are making and maintaining career decisions for themselves and their families.


SOLD OUT! A Conversation with Rachel Maddow, Live at The Uptown Theater

JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Have a question you'd like us to ask Rachel Maddow LIVE on Sunday? E-mail your question to Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com along with your name and hometown. One lucky writer will win a $25.00 Gift Card to Rainy Day Books. 

Rainy Day Books presents "A Conversation with Rachel Maddow", Live at The Uptown Theater, Sunday April 22, 2:00 PM.

Rainy Day Books welcomes MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, author & host of MSNBC's critically acclaimed 'The Rachel Maddow Show' to Uptown Theater for a very special afternoon of conversation dealing with politics and world issues.  Rachel will be Live in conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  The Presentation will last 90 minutes.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Rachel Maddow hosts MSNBC's critically acclaimed The Rachel Maddow Show.  The most successful show launch in MSNBC history, The Rachel Maddow Show was named one of the top shows of the decade by The Washington Post in 2009.  Previously, Rachel had been an MSNBC political analyst and regular guest host for Countdown.  She first gained national prominence as a host on Air America Radio, where she worked from its inception in 2004. 

 

   

Watch Rachel Maddow describe her new book, Drift.

There’s a war going on, argues Rachel Maddow, but it’s not the one in Afghanistan. Rather, it’s a battle between the priorities of civilian life and of the war machine, and right now the national security sector is winning—leaving the United States less strong and secure. Speaking to us in the fiercely honest, witty, piercingly intelligent voice we know from her on-air commentary, Maddow shows how deeply militarized our culture has become—how the role of the national security sector has shape-shifted and grown over the past century to the point of being financially unsustainable and confused in mission. How did this come to seem normal? From the Vietnam War through the first Gulf War, Bosnia, and on to the global “War on Terror,” Drift explores the root causes—from Reagan’s “gunslinging” presidency to the rise of executive authority to the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars—giving readers a facts-on-the-ground understanding of the dangers of our approach. Ultimately, this book is a clarion call to stop allowing the priorities of national security to crowd out other types of American power.

“One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Founders could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rusting nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny,Drift will reinvigorate a “loud and jangly” political debate about how, when, and where to apply America’s strength and power—and who gets to make those decisions. Brilliant, lacerating, and provocative, Drift belongs on the shelf beside such bestsellers as What’s the Matter with Kansas?Griftopia, and The Shock Doctrine. 

 

 

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