Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember


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Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember by John McCain

John McCain and Mark Salter have written three acclaimed bestsellers, but Character Is Destiny may be their most influential and enduring book yet -- a work for parents to share with their children, and, for Americans of all ages to read for inspiration and guidance.

McCain has been called "one of the most inspiring public figures of his generation" by The Washington Post. In Character Is Destiny, he shows us why, by telling the stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit. He illustrates these qualities with moving stories of triumph against the odds, righteousness in the face of iniquity, hope in adversity, and sacrifices for a cause greater than self-interest.

In Character Is Destiny we meet:

  • Pat Tillman, whose patriotism obliged him to leave the riches and celebrity of the NFL for a soldier’s life in defense of his country
  • Empress Theodora of Byzantium, whose courage shamed her husband and his court into defending their faith and civilization
  • Winston Churchill, who, in a renowned eighteen-word remark, counseled schoolboys to "never give up"
  • the Catholic priest in Auschwitz who offered to take a condemned man’s place
  • a nun, formerly a comfortable Beverly Hills housewife, who works with prisoners in Mexico’s worst jails
  • George Washington, whose wisdom and hard-earned self-control helped him survive the chaos of war.

    These are just a few of the heroes of exemplary character whose portraits McCain offers here. With Character Is Destiny, John McCain interprets Shakespeare’s immortal advice, "To thine own self be true," as an eloquent restatement of the golden rule and the very definition of integrity. The tributes he pays here to men and women who have lived truthfully will stir the hearts of young and old alike, and help prepare us for the hard work of choosing our destiny.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780812974454
    Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
    Publication date: 08/07/2007
    Series: Modern Library Classics Series
    Edition description: Reprint
    Pages: 336
    Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.90(d)

    About the Author

    Senator John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the US House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.
    Mark Salter is the author, with John McCain, of several books, including Thirteen Soldiers and Faith of My Fathers. He served on Senator McCain’s staff for more than fifteen years.

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