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After a career in the U.S. Navy and two terms as a U.S. rspresentative (1982-86), John McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected in 1992 and 1998. He has seven children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, cindy, reside in Phoenix.

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Overview

About the Author

After a career in the U.S. Navy and two terms as a U.S. rspresentative (1982-86), John McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected in 1992 and 1998. He has seven children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, cindy, reside in Phoenix.

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Editorial Reviews

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Senator John McCain won't win his party's presidential nomination, or even receive the vice presidential nod, but his autobiography can't be seen as anticlimactic. In ways, the failure of his campaign allows us to peruse his relaxed and often self-critical memoir in a leisurely and nonpartisan way. His life progresses in an almost storybook way: The descendant of two four-star admirals, "silver spoon sailor" McCain bucked his reputation in Vietnam, becoming a battle-hungry naval aviator. After being shot down over Hanoi in 1967, McCain once again found himself singled out because of his family's celebrity status. Offered early release by his North Vietnamese captors, he refused, opting instead for continued imprisonment, and the systematic torture it entailed. For the right audience, gripping stuff.
Seth Lipsky
...[A] refreshing reminder that at least one of our politicians has endured hardships greater than a special prosecutor....[A] timely testament to what might be called military morality. And that is something to ponder after a moment when President Clinton's decision to go to war in the Balkans wreaked nearly as much havoc among the Republicans as among the Serbs.
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William J. Bennett
Faith of My Fathers is the powerful story of a war hero. 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. And the greatest freedom and human fulfillment comes from engaging in a noble enterprise, larger than oneself. Faith of My Fathers teaches deep truths that are valid in any age-but truths that warrant special attention in our own.
Colin L. Powell
Faith of My Fathers is a gripping story of character and courage: character passed down from generation to generation by sterling examples of family bonds and devotion to duty; courage that ultimately comes from within, as John McCain learned in the brutal prison camps of North Vietnam. This is a sobering and glorious book that you won't be able to put down.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As the 2000 presidential campaign heats up, Republican hopeful McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, weighs in with the most engrossing book to appear in a long time from a presidential candidate. Writing with Salter, his administrative assistant, McCain carefully avoids the pitfalls of self-promotion, knowing that he has a larger, more interesting story to tell than merely why he wants to be president. McCain is famous for the five years he endured as a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton, the most notorious POW camp in Vietnam. Less well known are two other John McCains: his father and grandfather, both of whom served as admirals in the U.S. Navy. The military service of all three men forms the basis of this gripping, heartfelt reflection on war and naval culture. McCain's grandfather was a legendary old salt, a hard-drinking gambler who fought in WWII next to giants like Nimitz and Halsey. McCain's father was a submarine commander who rose to become commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. Almost half the book is devoted to McCain's grueling tenure as a POW. When he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, he broke both arms, one shoulder and one knee. During his imprisonment, McCain was tortured repeatedly and frequently locked in solitary confinement. The faith McCain avows is a simple one: "in God, country, and each other"--each other being his comrades at the Hanoi Hilton and, later, his fellow citizens. McCain's memoir is too good to be dismissed as simply another campaign book. It is a serious, utterly engrossing account of faith, fathers and military tradition. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the story of the McCains, a family with a distinguished history of naval service: John Sr. (also known as Slew or Popeye), John Jr., and John III, the author and currently the senior U.S. senator from Arizona. Senator McCain pays homage to his grandfather and father by relating tales of their significant contributions in World War II and, in the case of John Jr., Vietnam. He also relates, in very moving ways, the high moral and professional standards that these two men set for him and how he tried to emulate their lives by attending the Naval Academy and pursuing a career in the navy as a pilot. Nearly half of the book deals with the senator's five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, captured after his plane was shot down. The reader learns in some detail the horrors inflicted on the future senator but also how he was able to remain strong during his long incarceration. As he is seriously considering a presidential run, anyone interested in learning more about John McCain would be well advised to read this book.--Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes Barre, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Conservative Republican presidential candidate John McCain offers a conveniently-timed biographical account of his years fighting, bonding with fellow soldiers, and suffering capture during the Vietnam War. He tirelessly credits his father and grandfather, both WWII naval officers whose stories he also tells, with his own accomplishments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Seth Lipsky
...[A] refreshing reminder that at least one of our politicians has endured hardships greater than a special prosecutor....[A] timely testament to what might be called military morality. And that is something to ponder after a moment when President Clinton's decision to go to war in the Balkans wreaked nearly as much havoc among the Republicans as among the Serbs.
Talk
Geoffrey Norman
It is, as they say, a good read, which even registered Democrats and just about anyone on the political spectrum right of Jane Fonda would find engaging, sometimes funny, and often profoundly moving.
National Review
Kirkus Reviews
A candid, moving, and entertaining memoir by the US senator from Arizona and potential presidential candidate.
From the Publisher
"The most engrossing book to appear in a long time from a presidential candidate....McCain's memoir is too good to be dismissed as simply another campaign book. It is a serious, utterly gripping account of faith, fathers, and the military."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Faith of My Fathers may also appeal to those who flocked to Saving Private Ryan and kept Brokaw's The Greatest Generation near the top of the bestseller lists." —Library Journal

"Faith of My Fathers is the powerful story of a war hero. 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. And the greatest freedom and human fulfillment comes from engaging in a noble enterprise larger than oneself. Faith of My Fathers teaches deep truths that are valid in any age but that warrant special attention in our own." —William J. Bennett
                
"Faith of My Fathers is a gripping story of character and courage: character passed down from generation to generation by sterling examples of family bonds and devotion to duty; courage that ultimately comes from within, as John McCain learned in the brutual prison camps of North Vietnam. This is a sobering and glorious book that you won't be able to put down." —General Colin L. Powell (retired)

"A candid, moving, and entertaining memoir...Impressive and inspiring, the story of a man touched and molded by fire, who loved and served his country in a time of great trouble, suffering, and challenge."
—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762851300
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 349

Meet the Author

About the Author

After a career in the U.S. Navy and two terms as a U.S. representative (1982-1986), John McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected in 1992 and 1998. He has seven children and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, reside in Phoenix.

Mark Salter has worked on Senator McCain's staff for ten years. Hired as a legislative assistant in 1989, he has served as the senator's administrative assistant since 1993. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Diane, and their two daughters.

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Chapter One
In War and Victory

I have a picture I prize of my grandfather and father, John Sidney McCain Senior and Junior, taken on the bridge of a submarine tender, the USS Proteus, in Tokyo Bay a few hours after the Second World War had ended. They had just finished meeting privately in one of the ship's small staterooms and were about to depart for separate destinations. They would never see each other again.

Despite the weariness that lined their faces, you can see they were relieved to be in each other's company again. My grandfather loved his children. And my father admired my grandfather above all others. My mother, to whom my father was devoted, had once asked him if he loved his father more than he loved her. He replied simply, "Yes, I do."

On the day of their reunion, my father, a thirty-four-year-old submarine commander, and his crew had just brought a surrendered Japanese submarine into Tokyo Bay. My grandfather, whom Admiral Halsey once referred to as "not much more than my right arm," had just relinquished command of Halsey's renowned fast carrier task force, and had attended the signing of the surrender aboard the USS Missouri that morning. He can be seen in a famous photograph of the occasion standing with his head bowed in the first rank of officers observing the ceremony.

My grandfather had not wanted to attend, and had requested permission to leave for home immediately upon learning of Japan's intention to capitulate.

"I don't give a damn about seeing the surrender," my grandfather told Halsey. "I want to get the hell out of here." To which Halsey replied, "Maybe you do, but you're not going. You werecommanding this task force when the war ended, and I'm making sure that history gets it straight." In his memoir, Halsey described my grandfather "cursing and sputtering" as he returned to his flagship.

To most observers, my grandfather had been as elated to hear of Japan's decision to surrender as had the next man. Upon hearing the announcement, he ordered the doctor on his flagship to break out the medicinal brandy and passed cups around to all takers. He was a jocular man, and his humor could at times be wicked. He told a friend, as they prepared for the surrender ceremony, "If you see MacArthur's hands shaking as he reads the surrender documents it won't be emotion. It will be from too many of those mestiza girls in the Philippines."

In the days immediately following the announcement that Emperor Hirohito had agreed to surrender, a few of the emperor's pilots bad either not received or not believed the message. Occasionally, a few Japanese planes would mount attacks on the ships of my grandfather's task force. He directed his fighter pilots to shoot down any approaching enemy planes. "But do it in a friendly sort of way," he added.

Some of his closest aides sensed that there was something wrong with the old man. His operations officer, Commander John Thach, a very talented officer whom my grandfather relied on to an extraordinary extent, was concerned about his health. Thach went to m grandfather's cabin and asked him if he was ill. In an account of the exchange he gave many years later, Thach recalled my grandfather's answer: "Well, this surrender has come as kind of a shock to all of us. I feel lost. I don't know what to do. I know how to fight, but now I don't know whether I know how to relax or not. I'm in an awful letdown."

Once on board the Missouri, however, he was entirely at ease. Rushing about the deck of the battleship, hailing his friends and reveling in the moment, he was the most animated figure at the ceremony. He announced to Admiral Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific, that he had invented three new cocktails, the July, the Gill, and the Zeke, each one named for a type of Japanese plane his task force had fought during the war's last hard months. "Each time you drink one you can say 'Splash one July' or 'Splash one Zeke,' " he explained.

After the surrender, Halsey reports, my grandfather was grateful for having been ordered to join the others on the Missouri. "Thank God you made me stay, Bill. You had better sense than I did."

Immediately after father and son parted company that day, my grandfather left for his home in Coronado, California. Before he left, he issued his last dispatch to the men under his command.

I am glad and proud to have fought through my last year of active service with the renowned fast carriers. War and victory have forged a lasting bond among us. If you are as fortunate in peace as you have been victorious in war, I am now talking to 110,000 prospective millionaires. Goodbye, good luck, and may God be with you.
McCain

He arrived home four days later. My grandmother, Katherine Vaulx McCain, arranged for a homecoming party the next day attended by neighbors and the families of Navy friends who had yet to return from the war. Standing in his crowded living room, my grandfather was pressed for details of the surrender ceremony, and some of the wives present whose husbands were POWs begged him for information about when they could expect their husbands' return. He responded to their inquiries courteously, seemingly content, as always, to be the center of attention.

Some of the guests remembered having observed that my grandfather seemed something less than his normally ebullient self; a little tired from his journey, they had thought, and worn out from the rigors of the war.

In the middle of the celebration my grandfather turned to my grandmother, announced that he felt ill, and then collapsed. A physician attending the party knelt down to feel for the admiral's pulse. Finding none, he looked up at my grandmother and said, "Kate, he's dead..."

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Table of Contents

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Introduction

September 1999

In Faith of My Fathers, former presidential candidate John McCain, whose tumultuous life and successful political career were documented in the bestselling The Nightingale's Song, now tells his own story, with a focus on the men whose guidance, example, and influence have served to help make him the man he is today. Senator McCain composed the following essay exclusively for Barnes & Noble.com; in it he pays tribute to the courage and commitment exhibited by one of his fellow POW's during the Vietnam War.
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Interviews & Essays

Essay By Author

September 1999

Senator John McCain Remembers a Courageous Comrade

In his poem "The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water," Yeats wrote this verse:

I hear the old, old men say
All that's beautiful drifts away
Like the waters.

Although I am, thankfully, not yet stuck with the appellation "old, old man," I grow closer to that rank than to my much-enjoyed and terribly misspent youth, and I take Yeats's point. Like most people, when I reflect back on the adventures, joys, and beauty of youth, I feel a longing for what is past and cannot be restored. But though the pleasures and vanities of youth prove ephemeral, something better can endure and endure until our last moment on earth. And that is the love we give and the honor we earn when, at a moment in our lives, we sacrifice with others for a cause greater than our self-interest.

We cannot always choose the moments. Oftentimes, they arrive unbidden by us. We can choose to let the moments pass, and avoid the difficulties they entail. But the loss we would incur by that choice is much dearer than the tribute we once paid to vanity.

When I was a young man, I thought glory was the highest ambition, and that all glory was self-glory. My parents tried to teach me otherwise, as did the United States Naval Academy. But I didn't understand the lesson until later in life when, as a prisoner of war, I confronted challenges to my self-respect that I never expected to face.

In that confrontation, I discovered that I was dependent on others to a greater extent than I had everrealized, but that neither they nor the cause we served made any claims on my identity. On the contrary, they gave me a larger sense of myself than I had before. I discovered that nothing is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone. Many good men, better men than I, taught me that lesson; among them was Mike Christian.

Mike was a Navy bombardier-navigator who had been shot down and captured in Vietnam the same year I had, 1967. He had grown up near Selma, Alabama. His family was poor. He had not worn shoes until he was 13 years old. Character was their wealth, and they raised Mike to be a good, righteous man.

What few packages the Vietnamese allowed us to receive from our families often contained handkerchiefs, scarves, and other clothing items. For some time, Mike had been taking little scraps of red and white cloth, and with a needle fashioned from a splinter of bamboo, he laboriously sewed an American flag onto the inside of his blue prison shirt. Every afternoon, before we ate our soup, we would hang Mike's flag on the wall of our cell and together recite the Pledge of Allegiance. No other event of the day had as much meaning to us.

The guards discovered Mike's flag one afternoon during a routine inspection and confiscated it. They returned that evening and took Mike outside. For our instruction as much as Mike's, they beat him severely, just outside our cell, puncturing his eardrum and breaking several of his ribs. When they had finished, they dragged him bleeding and nearly senseless back into our cell, and we helped him crawl to his place on the concrete platform that served as our bed. After things quieted down, we all lay down to go to sleep. Before drifting off, I happened to look toward a corner of the room, where one of the four naked lightbulbs that were always on in our cell cast a dim light on Mike Christian. He had crawled there quietly when he thought the rest of us were sleeping. With his eyes nearly swollen shut from the beating, he had picked up his needle and thread and begun sewing a new flag.

"All that's beautiful drifts away," except love and honor. And that makes all the difference, all the difference in the world.

—Senator John McCain

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Introduction

John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in the United States government, but his deeply-felt memoir 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."

John McCain learned about life and honor from his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. This is a memoir about their lives, their heroism, and the ways that sons are enriched and shaped by fathers. McCain's grandfather was one of the navy's greatest commanders, and led the strongest aircraft carrier force of the Third Fleet in key battles during World War II. McCain's father followed a similar path, equally distinguished by heroic service in the navy, as a submarine commander during World War II. He, too, rose to the rank of four-star general, making the McCains the first family in American history to achieve that distinction.

John McCain faced the most difficult challenge of his life in Vietnam. A naval aviator, he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and was seriously injured. When Vietnamese military officers realized he was the son of a top commander, they offered McCain early release in an effort to embarrass the United States. Acting from a sense of honor taught to him by his father and the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain refused the offer. He was tortured, held in solitary confinement, and imprisoned for five and a half years.

Faith of My Fathers is about what McCain learned from his grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to survive those hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers shows us, with great feeling and appreciation, what fathers give to their sons, and what endures.

Questions for Discussion

  1. John McCain and John Sidney McCain lived much of their childhoods without their fathers. However, even with this absence, their fathers became a major force and influence in their every day lives. How did this come to be?

  2. According to McCain, an officer's honor is greatly defined by his obligation to the enlisted men he commands. How did this relationship between the officers and enlisted men influence the type of military career McCain, his father, and his grandfather had?

  3. McCain writes that he "wince[s]" at the racist overtones of his grandfather's comments on the Japanese during WWII, but believes that they only stem from a need to hate your enemy. Are you able to understand or distinguish a difference between racism and war-time hatred? How have these differences in sentiment and connotation affected society during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and now the war in Iraq?

  4. McCain describes in detail some of the hazing and rigorous structure imposed on the "plebes" at the Academy. How do you feel these practices prepared McCain for combat and later for his experiences as a POW?

  5. McCain writes, "Communicating not only affirmed our humanity. It kept us alive." The prisoners had secret ways of contacting each other and found their only real strength came from each other. What does this say about human resilience? Do you think McCain would have been able to survive the camp had he been alone?

  6. Throughout his story McCain mentions faith and its role in helping him not only survive his time as a POW but also in becoming a man his father and grandfather could be proud of. What different things did he need to have faith in to become the man he is today? When he writes, "... all I had left of my dignity was the faith or my fathers," to whom does "fathers" refer? How was he able to draw on his faith to survive his continual torture?

  7. Towards the end of his story, McCain states that the United States was afflicted with an "identity crisis" after the Vietnam War. However, he goes on to say that "America's period of self-doubt" has ended. Do you agree with this statement? How would you define America's identity now? What do you think the largest factors in creating this identity are?
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Go Johnny Go!

    While John might not be the greatest speaker of all time, he among America's best prepared to lead as President. This book shows just how prepared he is due to his previous life experience. One that shows the quality of the man and the valor of his service.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    A great Navy story by a officer and a gentleman

    Faith of my Fathers is a very interesting Navy story. I wanted to read about McCain and learn about his story. It is very interesting and I am glad I know more. I do not feel making a political statement is my place, I would be honored to meet him and I think he has been a fantastic leader for all of us regardless what your political flavors lead you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    Faith To Fill A Heart In Anybody

    This book is a compelling story of a young man by the name of John McCain the third, who was captured by the Vietnamese and taken hostage. Before he was taken hostage he talked about how his father was in the Vietnam and trained to be a pilot. His father returned home, but John didn't, he stayed in Vietnam where he was taken as a hostage and physically beat and brutally tortured throughout his stay. He finally escapes through a torturous story and lives to tell this story today. John McCain is the Senator for Arizona and may be running for President this year. This book tells the reader that they should never give up, fight for what you believe in, and to have faith in your country. I liked many parts in this book especially the part when John gets captured, he never thinks about loosing his faith in his country and men, but also has the will to hold his head up high. My only dislike in this book was the beginning when he talked about his Grandfather and what he did in the war. This book was very good and heart warming in the way that McCain never gives up loving his country. If you like heart filling books packed with faith and action this is the book for you!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Remarkable story about patriotism and humility

    This is a fascinating biography about a remarkable man--Sen. John McCain--and his family. I have seldom read a book in which the author was so openly and thoughtfully introspective including sharing behavior or experiences about which he says he was ashamed. The book is refreshingly honest, which is so unusual these days, particularly in the political arena. Readers are introduced to Senator McCain's grandfather, a naval officer during WWII, and his father, a submarine officer who ultimately became Commander-In-Chief of the Pacific 'CINPAC'. Following this introduction we learn more about Sen. McCain during his adolesent years, at the Naval Academy and during the Vietnam War including his capture and years as a POW in Vietnam. Sen. McCain's description of the torture endured by him and others is chilling to contemplate. The details of his captivity are so lucid you can almost visualize the POW camps and understand the severe conditions they experienced. Sen. McCain appears to be somewhat stubborn and impatient, but a humble man whose love for his family and country knows no bounds. I admire him greatly and appreciate his service to this country. I recommend this book highly, particularly for those who seek to understand more about this man's character, integrity and potential as a U.S. President.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    An American Patriot

    Great reading! An American at his best. This makes us feel that patriotism is still part of America. We are not the world, we are Americans first!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    A Really Good Read

    It is truly a touching story and a great history account of one of America's greatest families of patriots that have served our nation bravely for centuries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    I wouldn't want him as my copilot

    Not a bad book. I guess I enjoyed McCain's recalling of his years at the Naval Academy most of all. But is he a hero? That depends on who you ask. Since I was shot down twice in Vietnam in 1969, I did have some respect for McCain. But after the way he has sucked up to George W. Bush and Jerry Falwell--two men who projected him and his family as garbage during the 2004 primaries--makes me wonder if he was captured or just gave himself up if he tried to escape or just laid there. My heroes are the pilots who avoided being shot down, the ones who escaped capture after being shot down, and the ones who, after being captured, either escaped or was shot in the process of trying to escape. Oh well, since people are still calling Pete Rose and O.J. Simpson heroes, it's a pretty ambiguous term anyway. You best put Rush Limbaugh on your suck up list, John. Remember, you said a lot of nasty things about him and called him a clown. I'm Bob Miller, a registered Republican.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    Faith to Fill A Lifetime

    After reading this book, it will make you want to change your philosophy on life. It is a story of courage and the importance of morals and ethics to prepare you for any situation in life. John McCain's experience in the camp is a lesson to live because life is a gift. This is a book that will change your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    Faith of My Fathers

    Faith of My Fathers was an outstanding book. From the moment the book talked about his father in WWII, to his own childhood, to when he returned home home from Vietnam, the book was action packed. I liked the fact it talked about his father and grandfather. I did not know they were both Naval admirals. The only slow part I thought was the chapter where it talked about his father taking command of CINPAC. This chapter was right in the middle of the chapters dealing with John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war. I would recomend this book to anyone, weather you like war or not, this book deals with heroisim, courage, and honor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    This book reads with a grace and a power

    Senator McCain has written a moving memoir that, by constrast, does NOT show George W. Bush in a good light. This isn't specifically stated but one of these men served in combat as a fighter pilot and the other one just flew meaningless National Guard missions when he wasn't campaigning for his Dad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    An Unbelievable Story of Courage

    The accounts of John McCain as a POW in Vietnam are amazing and shocking. You will be on the edge of your seat as if it were fiction. Whether or not you agree with McCain's political views, this book filters through that and into his life as a naval aviator, and a hero.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    An Every American Must Read

    Faith of My Fathers is an American treasure. John McCain allows us into his family background while providing a history lesson that is enjoyable to go through. Poignant, emotional & dramatic, this book takes a hold of you and doesn't let go. I did not serve in the military but I now have a much deeper understanding of the training & sacrifice needed to be a good soldier. You just have to read this today - there are heroes around us now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2008

    just a kids side

    ok peplz this book was dull! who cares about politics?no kid would want to read this book...unless your forced to like i was:( yeah ok there were some interesting things but lets look to the future!sure adults would want to reed it...but not recommended 4 kids 14 and under:)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Blech!!!

    Patriotism, Patriotism, Patriotism. It all sounds very nice and brave, but lets face it. Patriotism isn't going to lower taxes! Patriotism isn't going to give us health care! Patriotism isn't going to give our children a good education!!! Think about that!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    leadership and courage

    'faith of my faithers' is a very remarkable book. john mccain has put together a very special memoir about his father and grandfathers military career but what I found most fasinating about this bestseller was john mccain was in a communist pow camp and the north vietnamese leadership found out that this pilot was the son of a top admiral and they wanted to send him home to america for propaganda purposes however john mccain wanted to tough it out and stay in the pow camp with the other pows and leave with them and not give in to the communist leadership. this is a fasinating book of courage and it shows how a great vetren did not want to did not want to give in to the enemy no matter what it cost. great gift idea for friend and family member.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    A great book about the Military

    The book is a great look at the military and the sacrifices that have come with a life in the service of ones country. The books perspective is that of a privileged officer, but reflects an appropriate respect for those at every level of the service. The descriptions of captivity dominate the second half of the book and are troubling and inspiring. The book clearly describes the darker side of human cruelty and the fight to survive within those conditions. Although the book is written with the acknowledgement that his experience was somehow more muted then others with whom he shared captivity, it is hard to fathom ones own survival even at the level he describes. The first half of the book is an interesting history lesson from his view of his grandfather and father along with a view into the world of the Naval Academy. They are an interesting look into the higher echelons of the military power structure and provide some interesting descriptions of World War II combat. Outsiders and those who have found themselves in the middle of the harsher treatment of military hazing may find themselves informed to some degree on why the military has tolerated the practice for so long. The lessons of what at first appear to be harsh treatment at the Naval Academy (and within the military as a whole) suddenly vaporize into insignificance when compared to what must be the unbearably severe conditions of war. This book is a must read for anyone who plans to serve in the armed forces. It discusses in clear terms the varied sacrifices that are often asked of the military along with the infrequent but overwhelming sacrifices some have had to make. It stands as a tribute to those who have served and sets the minimum standard that those who will serve should measure themselves and their experience against.

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