(U.S. Senator, Writer)
Faith of My Fathers (1999, 2008)
John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in
the United States government, but his deeply felt memoir of family and war
is not a political one and ends before his election to Congress. With
candor and ennobling power, McCain tells a story that, in the words of
Newsweek, "makes the other presidential candidates look like pygmies."
John McCain learned about life and honor from his grandfather and father,
both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. This is a memoir about their
lives, their heroism, and the ways that sons are shaped and enriched by
John McCain's grandfather was a gaunt, hawk-faced man known as Slew by his
fellow officers and, affectionately, as Popeye by the sailors who served
under him. McCain Sr. played the horses, drank bourbon and water, and
rolled his own cigarettes with one hand. More significant, he was one of
the navy's greatest commanders, and led the strongest aircraft carrier
force of the Third Fleet in key battles during World War II.
John McCain's father followed a similar path, equally distinguished by
heroic service in the navy, as a submarine commander during World War II.
McCain Jr. was a slightly built man, but like his father, he earned the
respect and affection of his men. He, too, rose to the rank of four-star
admiral, making the McCains the first family in American history to
achieve that distinction. McCain Jr.'s final assignment was as commander
of all U.S. forces in the Pacific during the Vietnam War.
It was in the Vietnam War that John McCain III faced the most difficult
challenge of his life. A naval aviator, he was shot down over Hanoi in
1967 and seriously injured. When Vietnamese military officers realized he
was the son of a top commander, they offered McCain early release in an
effort to embarrass the United States. Acting from a sense of honor taught
him by his father and the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain refused the offer. He
was tortured, held in solitary confinement, and imprisoned for five and a
Faith of My Fathers is about what McCain learned from his
grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to survive those
hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and
emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers shows us,
with great feeling and appreciation, what fathers give to their sons, and
Also known as Hard
Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who
Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions (2007) with Mark Salter
In Hard Call, acclaimed authors John McCain and Mark Salter
describe the anatomy of great decisions in history by telling the
remarkable stories of men and women who have exemplified composure,
wisdom, and intellect in the face of life's toughest decisions. The
authors identify six qualities typically represented in the best
decisions: Awareness. Timing. Foresight. Confidence. Humility.
Inspiration. These qualities are personified by the exceptional
individuals in this book, each of whom made a hard call:
Branch Rickey's awareness of the opposition he would face in integrating
the Brooklyn Dodgers, and his sagacity in choosing the right man, Jackie
Robinson, to break baseball's color barrier.
Winston Churchill's foresight in preparing England's Navy for war.
Anwar Sadat's and Menachem Begin's timing in choosing to risk their
lives and political careers by seeking peace in the aftermath of war.
Gertrude Ederle's confidence in deciding to swim the English Channel -
and her fortitude in continuing the quest against the wishes of her
coach, despite the fact that no woman had ever succeeded.
Reinhold Niebuhr's humility in deciding to abandon his pacifist views
and endorse the use of violence against persecution in Nazi Germany and
the Soviet Union.
Abraham Lincoln's historic act of inspiration: His decision to issue the
Emancipation Proclamation, the role of faith in his life, and his
willingness to suffer for a cause greater than himself.
Woven into these stories are John McCain's own views on
the process and art of decision-making and examples of the hard calls we
face in our lives. "When I assess a decision," McCain writes, "I want to
know all I can about the character of the decision maker before I
examine the properties of the decision, its outcome or how it was
Hard Call is a testament to the people whose
choices serve as a beacon for us all.
In Character is Destiny, McCain tells the stories of
celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values
exemplify the best of the human spirit. He illustrates these qualities
with moving stories of triumph against the odds, righteousness in the face
of iniquity, hope in adversity, and sacrifices for a cause greater than
self-interest. The tributes he pays here to men and women who have lived
truthfully will stir the hearts of young and old alike, and help prepare
us for the hard work of choosing our destiny.
Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should
Remember (2005) with Mark Salter
Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life (2004) with Mark Salter
“Courage,” Winston Churchill explained, is “the ﬁrst of
human qualities . . . because it guarantees all the others.” As a naval
officer, P.O.W., and one of America’s most admired political leaders, John
McCain has seen countless acts of bravery and self-sacrifice. Now, in this
inspiring meditation on courage, he shares his most cherished stories of
ordinary individuals who have risked everything to defend the people and
principles they hold most dear.
“We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of
fear but the capacity for action despite our fears,” McCain reminds us, as a
way of introducing the stories of ﬁgures both famous and obscure that he ﬁnds
most compelling—from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Sgt.
Roy Benavidez, who ignored his own well-being to rescue eight of his men from
an ambush in the Vietnam jungle; from 1960s civil rights leader John Lewis,
who wrote, “When I care about something, I’m prepared to take the long, hard
road,” to Hannah Senesh, who, in protecting her comrades in the Hungarian
resistance against Hitler’s SS, chose a martyr’s death over a despot’s mercy.
These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to
others to help them summon the resolve to be both good and great. He explains
the value of courage in both everyday actions and extraordinary feats. We
learn why moral principles and physical courage are often not distinct
quantities but two sides of the same coin. Most of all, readers discover how
sometimes simply setting the right example can be the ultimate act of courage.
Written by one of our most respected public ﬁgures, Why Courage Matters
is that rare book with a message both timely and timeless. This is a work for
anyone seeking to understand how the mystery and gift of courage can empower
us and change our lives.
In 1999, John McCain wrote one of the most acclaimed and bestselling
memoirs of the decade, Faith of My Fathers. That book ended in
1972, with McCain’s release from imprisonment in Vietnam. This is the
rest of his story, about his great American journey from the U.S. Navy
to his electrifying run for the presidency, interwoven with heartfelt
portraits of the mavericks who have inspired him through the years—Ted
Williams, Theodore Roosevelt, visionary aviation proponent Billy
Mitchell, Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata!, and, most indelibly, Robert
Jordan. It was Jordan, Hemingway’s protagonist in For Whom the Bell
Tolls, who showed McCain the ideals of heroism and sacrifice, stoicism
and redemption, and why certain causes, despite the costs, are . . .
Worth the Fighting For: The Education of an American Maverick, and the
Heroes Who Inspired Him (2002) by John McCain and Mark Salter
Odysseus in America (2002) by John S. McCain, Jonathan Shay, and Max
Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Logest-Held Prisoner
of War (2001) by John S. McCain and Tom Philpott
Impact of Emerging Trade Issues on U.S. Consumers: Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S.
The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff (September
2008 release) by Gary S. Chafetz
Third Term: Why George W. Bush
♥ John McCain (September 2008
release) by Paul Begala
72 Things Younger Than John McCain
Barack Obama vs. John McCain - Side by Side Senate Voting
Record for Easy Comparison
(2008) by Barack Obama
and John McCain
t is often difficult to ignore the hype and find out what
the candidates really believe in. During this election, however, voters
have the unique advantage of access to the actual voting records of both
This book lists every legislation
considered by the U.S. Senate between January 6, 2005 and May 22, 2008 and
shows you how Senator Obama and Senator McCain voted on each of these
Here are hundreds of votes each of them cast (or
didn't cast-the book also shows every legislation the candidate didn't
vote on). Each candidate's votes are listed side by side for easy
The book also includes a one-page summary of votes
that shows, among other statistics, how many times each has voted with the
other and how many times each has voted against the other.
Finally, for those readers who want to obtain more
extensive details on the legislation mentioned in this book, the book
gives clear instructions on how to access such information using the
internet (there is no cost for accessing this information).
Free Ride: John McCain and the Media (2008) by David Brock and Paul Waldman
Fresh, New Jokes About John McCain: A Republican Presidential Candidate Run Amok (2008) by William Tapscott
Gook: John McCain's Racism and Why It Matters (2008) by Irwin A Tang
John McCain (2008) by Gail B. Stewart
John McCain - A Man of Straight Talk
John McCain: An American Life (2008) by Spencer Williams
Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain (2008) by Paul Alexander
McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with
John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope
(June 2008) by David Foster
Is John McCain "For
That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he
first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000.
It was a moment when Mccain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of
change, the anticandidate whose goal was "to inspire young Americans to
devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest." And
many young Americans were beginning to take notice.
To get at "something riveting and unspinnable and true" about
John McCain, Wallace finds he must pierce
the smoke screen of spin doctors and media manipulators. And he
succeeds-in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio that
not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential
campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into
John McCain himself: the senator, the POW,
the campaign finance reformer, the candidate, the man.
My Dad, John McCain (September 2, 2008 release) by
Meghan McCain with Dan Andreasen,
Recent Speeches of Senator John McCain (2008,
The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn't
(2008) by Cliff Schecter
Thinking about voting for McCain? Read this book.
Cliff Schecter's hard-hitting profile explores the gap between the public
record of Senator John McCain and his media image. Drawing on a range of
sources and adding his unique perspective and humor, Schecter guides the
reader though McCain's long history of expedient flip-flops--especially on
his signature issues of national security and campaign finance reform.
Far from a straight-talking maverick, McCain emerges as a temperamental
political chameleon who will do or say virtually anything to become
president of the United States. On issue after issue--including the
invasion and occupation of Iraq, torture, abortion, and gay rights--The
Real McCain reveals a politician who started as a Goldwater Republican,
experienced a brief period after sanity after his loss to George W. Bush
in 2000, and began pandering to the very groups he challenged after
deciding to run again in 2008.
John McCain (2007) by Catherine
John Mccain: Profile of a Leading Republican (2007) by Kira Wizner
Citizen McCain (2002, 2008) by
Man of the People: The Life of John McCain (2002) by Paul Alexander
John McCain (2001) by Richard
John McCain (2000) by Barbara
John McCain: An Essay in Military and Political History
(2000) by John Karaagac
John McCain: An American Odyssey (1995,
1999, 2007) by Robert Timberg
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