I knew that McCain's Father and Grandfather were Navy men but I had not known that his family were Army before that all the way back to G. Washington's staff. This was a very interesting story and McCain read it in a matter of fact voice. Did not feel he was bragging at any time. He is an interesting man who has been tested to the max and came out as a honorable man. A must read for everyone.
This started off rocky for me. I didn't really understand the first combat scene. After that I really got into it. John McCain is an amazing, honorable man, but he doesn't build himself up, he just tells it like it was and is very humble.
This book on the whole was very good the only part I had trouble with was in regards to his grandfather and the battles , during that time I was confused and skipped over a good part of it. The rest of the book was great ,How can men do these terrible things to each other. Senator McCain was very honest and I hope there is a part two in the works for this book.
However you felt about the Vietnam War, you will wind up admiring John McCain after reading (listening to) his book. With humility, self-criticism and without a trace of self-pity he speaks of his own shortcomings as a student at Annapolis, his eagerness to participate in a war, and even the weakness which led him to ultimately sign a fake "confession" while a POW. At the end, however, you know this is a man of the highest virtue, and his willingness to illuminate his own failures merely makes him that much more of an icon for the rest of us to emulate. Too many politicians speak about "values" as a hollow political slogan. This man knows the meaning of the word.
Good book. Lots of information about McCain's background including details of his time as a POW. Senator McCain's love of the USA, his dedication to it, and his family history of defending it are all described. We are given a unique glimpse into the psyche of the man, not just a flat recitation of what happened to him and other POWs in the various prison camps. The media tends to depict POWs and returning war soldiers as having certain mental "issues". It is clear from his writing that Sen. McCain's mind remains clear and his purpose focused. This is the story of a truly remarkable man.
Wow... an amazing, powerful story, especially when read by the man himself!! We need a congress full of John McCains!!
Fantastic book! Unbelievable story! I am in awe of this man! Should be president.
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