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Faith of My Fathers
Faith of My Fathers
Author: Mark Salter, John McCain
John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in the United States government, but his deeply felt memoir of family and war is not a political one and ends before his election to Congress. With candor and ennobling power, McCain tells a story that, in the words of Newsweek, "makes the other presidential candidates look like pygmies." ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375501913
ISBN-10: 0375501916
Publication Date: 8/31/1999
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
Wonderful book! You really get to know McCain's character with this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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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.
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