This is the powerful story of a war hero and his memoirs. In it we learn much of what matters most. As prisoner (and later Senator) McCain instructs us: Glory is not an end in itself, but rather a reward for valor and faith. He was a prisoner of war in a brutal prison camp in North Vietnam.
Wonderful book! You really get to know McCain's character with this book.
I enjoy reading about people, and though this was a memoir, not a biography, John McCain wrote quite a bit about the people in his life. He described his grandparents and parents, his grandfather's and father's military careers, his childhood and schooling, his experiences at the Naval Academy and the "Code of Honor", his first wife and their children, and most dramatic and fascinating...his years as a POW. The writing flowed easily, like a life story being told in a very natural chronological order. The hardest part for me was the descriptions of military strategy and battles, something I'm not normally interested in and found tedious. However, they were necessary to the story. On the whole, I liked the book and thought it good.
Senator and one-time presidential candidate John McCain devotes roughly one-third of this multi-generational family biography to his grandfather and father, both of whom had distinguished military careers in the Pacific. McCain describes his youth and his own military career, which included serving in the Vietnam war, where he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war, experiencing years of torture and deprivation. He also discusses the values and ideals instilled in him by his family. The memoir closes after McCain's release and return home in 1973.