Drift (Crown, $25) describes how the American way of war has changed, shifting from traditional reluctance to all-too-easy engagement. Rachel Maddow traces the overexpansion in recent decades of presidential power to send U.S. forces into combat, the weakening of congressional constraints, and the lessening of public attention. In making her case, she draws on an impressive amount of research but keeps her book an entertaining read, displaying a lively, puckish writing style laced with witty asides and numerous believe-it-ornot anecdotes.

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From the biographer of Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente, Barack Obama: The Story (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) is David Maraniss’s best and most ambitious work yet. The book tells the story of the forces that shaped America’s first black president. Maraniss writes with a historical sweep and sense of generational roots unmatched by previous accounts of Obama’s life. He captures Obama in very formative years trying to establish an identity and preparing for a political future.

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In What It Is Like to Go to War (Atlantic Monthly Press, $25) Karl Marlantes, author of the acclaimed novel Matterhorn, provides fresh and important insights into experiencing the ordeal of combat. Drawing on his own past leading a platoon of Marines in Vietnam, he conveys with often unsettling honesty what a combat veteran thinks and feels. His riveting account traces how, after being taught to kill, he learned to deal with the aftermath. He also examines the larger sociological and moral issues of war and what can be done to better prepare soldiers for the psychological and emotional toll it takes. With war such a part of contemporary American life, this book has particular significance for our times.

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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 30th, 2011

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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2012

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