Rachel Maddow to read from new book at MHC

by Town Reminder

Rachel Maddow to read from new book at MHC

SOUTH HADLEY – An evening with Rachel Maddow, during which she will read from her new book “Drift: The Unmooring of the American Military,” will be held on March 31 at 7 p.m. at Chapin Auditorium on the Mount Holyoke College campus.
The evening is a collaboration between the Odyssey Bookshop, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College. Doors will open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 and will become available March 1 at the Odyssey Bookshop and online at http://www.Odysseybks.com. A limited number of priority tickets are available. Priority tickets include the $5 general admission ticket and a copy of “Drift” (a total of $31.56) and guarantee signing by Maddow.
Maddow will only be signing copies of “Drift” purchased through the Odyssey Bookshop. She will be signing her name only and no more than three copies per person. There will be no posed photographs possible.
“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, 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.
Partial proceeds from this event will support new initiatives on women and the media at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.