I will echo a good many commentators when I say that I did not agree with all or even some of the positions that John McCain held. However, it is abundantly clear that he was not motivated by petty personal interests. His view of America and it's central place on the world stage was a sincerely held one, and for that he deserves nothing but respect. One might say, "Of course, it's a personal memoir. He'll paint himself in the best possible light." On the contrary. There is a great deal of humor and self-deprecation, with no hint of false modesty. It is an honest self-analysis of a life of public service.
John McCain's dealings with the current president have been highly contentious, yet when mentioning him McCain was appropriately gracious without being fawning, and critical without being vindictive. This is surprising considering the insulting language used by the current president. McCain would have every right to lash back at him, but instead merely expresses his disappointment at the president's shortcomings. Frankly, I think the president is unworthy of such courtesy. John McCain died on August 25, 2018.
The late Sen. John McCain was nothing if not a master of self-promotion, even from beyond the grave. Most of the incessant, unwarranted fawning of the mainstream media over McCain has finally and mercifully passed. In light of the near total media blackout of the subject, now would be a good time to read the late Sydney Schanberg's 2008 long-form investigative report on McCain's role in the POW/MIA controversy, which you can find in the book *Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings* or online. If your interest is piqued by Schanberg you can follow up with Bill Hendon's excellent well-documented book *An Enormous Crime The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia*.
Didn't make it past page 50. Started skimming earlier.
If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be BORING. Other than the 2008 campaign and the Ted Kennedy chapter (both of which I thought were to brief) this book did not but bore me to death. This book gets a 4/10 and a "Would Not Recommend To Anyone".
Excellent book by a highly respected American. Clear and succinct. He pulls no punches and writes with integrity and dignity.
A great read on current events and how things really happen in congress. McCain was unique in that he was a firm believer in bipartisan compromise and had great admiration for others in Congress on both sides of the aisle. Lots on Senate floor fights, and stories of how he could disagree but still greatly respect his opponent.
Its a last goodbye from an great statesman who has little time left but has a lot of war stories on current events and what really happened
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