Let me say just this: Rachel Maddow has an excellent voice. I think I could listen to her talk all day. About anything. All day. Beyond that, I did really enjoy this book, much much more than I thought that I would. I tend to balk at nonfiction, especially nonfiction that isn’t ACTION ORIENTED. I love me some adventure nonfiction. I was very apprehensive about this one. I’m only marginally interested in the military, but I have the biggest girl crush on Rachel Maddow, so I stuffed my doubts and bought a kindle copy. Which I didn’t end up reading. I picked up the audiobook on a whim when I was stockpiling for a road trip vacation and marathoned it after I got back (yeah yeah I got sucked into Code Name Verity and had to finish that before anything else). The book centers much more on the political decisions by past presidents and Congress that led to the military situation we are familiar with today. It connected the historical dots for me - linking specific events with their martial effects. The prose isn’t dry either. Maddow infuses the story with her trademark wit and sly turn of phrase. A very informative book.