The Restless Wave

The Restless Wave

Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations

Book - 2018 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"An American hero reflects on his life--and what matters most. 'I don't know how much longer I'll be here. Maybe I'll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they'll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I'll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I'm prepared for either contingency, or at least I'm getting prepared. I have some things I'd like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.' So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Always the fighter, McCain attacks the 'spurious nationalism' and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump's statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency. The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501178009
1501178008
9781501178023
1501178024
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 M1239RE 2018
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Salter, Mark - Author

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VaughanPLDavidB Sep 16, 2018

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.

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MichelleinBallard
Sep 09, 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*.

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ajunebird
Aug 13, 2018

Didn't make it past page 50. Started skimming earlier.

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blue_dog_31717
Aug 04, 2018

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".

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jswolfmcguire
Jul 27, 2018

Excellent book by a highly respected American. Clear and succinct. He pulls no punches and writes with integrity and dignity.

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craddojc
Jun 14, 2018

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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