... Both parties want the US to be the center of learning and scientific breakthroughs.
I'm not so sure about that. That would require dedication to exceptional public education and broad funding of research. I don't see either party clambering to improve public education or allocating any significant funding to research anything unless it's designed to kill people.
I'm not kidding. So much of what I used to do for a living is trivial with Drupal. Writing custom modules for our clients is fun again and I never have to worry about mundane every-site stuff like user management, perms, front controller dispatching...you name it; if it's common, Drupal will do it for you. Or a contrib module will.
I started picking up Drupal in late 2005, played and learned for a couple of years, and 2008 was almost entirely Drupal builds. From cookpolitical.com where we worked out serious data handling, to tobaccofreecenter.org in seven languages, to globalnetwork.org with it's graphic-heavy design, I've had a blast working with this system!
Er, I didn't actually mean to trot out portfolio highlights there...but what the hell, those are good examples of what you can do with Drupal (and how to make your Drupal site not look like a Drupal site). This is what happens when someone gets me talking about Drupal. Yay!
Back on-topic: Thanks for the review. I'll definitely be picking up this book. If it's anything like Pro Drupal Development from Apress, it'll pay for itself in the first chapter with some nugget that saves me an hour!