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On Apr 01, 2012 12:47PM ET in Green 101
Today is the 39th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Rachel Maddow. It has been a stellar year for the Bay Area native; in addition to many other accomplishments, Rachel’s first book has just been published. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is the handbook for our generation, deftly explaining how the military industrial complex devoured our country, and the simple measures we can all undertake to successfully turn our nation around.
The new book is already hugely successful, critically acclaimed and popular amongst many diverse populations. My friend Moira and I attended the launch of Rachel’s book tour Thursday night in New York. The entire floor of the huge bookstore was packed with seas of enthusiastic followers, many of whom, myself included, had waited several hours in anticipation.
The hours waiting, however, were also an amazing gift. Everyone in the crowd had a copy of Drift, and we all were actively engaging with each other about history, politics and war. People were exchanging their personal stories and forging new alliances. The mood was positive and electric, and when Maddow entered the room, the entire sprawling crowd immediately leapt to their feet and cheered. The ever humble former Rhodes Scholar blushed a bit, seemed a little baffled and asked if this kind of reception was normal.
The audience asked many questions about all manner of topics, including how to best discuss with others, especially individuals with opposing political views, what we can do to realign our priorities back to those of our founding fathers. I have no doubt that Drift is going to elevate the level of respectful thoughtful discourse at many upcoming family Passover Seders and Easter meals this year. This book is a must read.