In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his lifeand what matters most.I dont know how much longer Ill be here. Maybe Ill have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, theyll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe Ill be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But Im prepared for either contingency, or at least Im getting prepared. I have some things Id 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 Trumps 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....
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The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations Reviews
On the whole, the book has many great passages and nuggets that make it worth the read. There is, in my view, too much detail at times and the writing is a little unstructured, but this isn’t surprising for a book that was justifiably written hastily. It is still nice to read an unabashed perspective from someone who has such strong principles and such deep knowledge of foreign affairs. And although I do not agree with many of McCain’s views, which he would clearly be completely ok with, his sto ...more
McCain's life is fascinating to be sure, and I do not disagree that he is a hero on many levels, not just his military service and surviving his long time as a prisoner of war, but for the things he has fought for in his political life. I have sometimes disagreed with his opinions, and certainly with his choice of Palin as VP, but he has always (almost - lost a little over Palin) been someone I have respected, all of which makes this a terrific book, and not just a little sad, knowing he is at t ...more
I was quite taken by the first and last chapters. More about details about Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular, than I needed to know. But hardly a surprise coming from a foreign policy guy and the head of the Armed Services Committee. Never bought a variety of things McCain was selling from time to time. But he is most certainly a stand-up guy, in good company with two stand-up women in the Senate - Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Politicians who think, and act, like there is somethi ...more
I find John McCain an admirable person and wanted to know more. I have read a previous biography of his and wanted to read this biography that is told in his own voice about his later years. I did find a couple of chapters cumbersome (due to subject matter) but still informative. He clarified numerous situations I had read and/or heard about. This book leaves you inspired to be a moral person and more involved in government.
I listened to the audio book version narrated mostly by Beau Bridges, who was a good choice since his voice is similar to John McCain's.
On the whole, I thought this book was pretty boring. I'm not that interested in military details and 75% of this book was devoted to that topic. I was hoping the book was going to be a personal memoir about his life, but it is largely political. McCain has a lot of negative things to say about Obama. I suppose I can understand why. He did lose the presidency to ...more
Here's an edited excerpt, published as an essay by the WSJ: ‘Vladimir Putin Is an Evil Man’
"Three months later, in Putin’s first weeks as prime minister , bomb explosions destroyed apartment buildings in three Russian cities, including Moscow. Putin used the incident as grounds for starting a second Chechen war and ordered the bombing of Grozny, Chechnya’s capital. The inhumanity of the Russian assault was stunning. No caution, no discrimination, no ...more
The late political career of John McCain. Many warnings not to trust the likes of Syria, Iran, Iraq and or course the ultimate villain, Russia. Not as much about the man himself. It was interesting to read his opinions on Obama, his pleas for a bipartisan approach to politics. He played it safe with views on the current administration and was always striving to take take the high road - America is great, we are a great nation. This made it a less salacious read than some recent political memoirs ...more
Starting this book ,with his presidential race against Obama,and his defeat, his ability to accept it,with such grace, and continue on with his work in the senate. He writes of his fellow congressmen with such respect, in both parties.Fighting the good fight (with and against). His interest and expertise on foreign affairs, his respect for the men in the armed services. I feel this is a wonderful book, a very thoughtful good bye by a true American Patriot. Thank you John McCain for being who you ...more