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Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir / Edition 1
     

Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir / Edition 1

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by John McCain
 

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ISBN-10: 0060957867

ISBN-13: 2900060957864

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

This memoir is the story of what McCain learned from his grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to endure these hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers is a story of fathers and sons, what they give each other and what endures.

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This memoir is the story of what McCain learned from his grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to endure these hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers is a story of fathers and sons, what they give each other and what endures.

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ISBN-13:
2900060957864
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368

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Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be a required reading for all high schoolers. McCain does try to tell all the great things he has done, he just lays out the facts. His sense of honor and duty to country would be a great influence on the youth of today. If this man were president, I could rest alot easier at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captured everything that I had wanted to know about the gentleman from Arizona. It talks about the great military tradition of the McCain family and how one can succeed, despite difficult hardships. A tremendous novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting Book! My favorite portions of the book were about McCain's father and grandfather. They were pretty neat guys, and I finished this book with some new insites into living a better life. You might not like McCain, and you might decide that he has always been sort of a rebel, but you can't say that he doesn't try to decide what is right and stick to the course. I think that takes guts!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had expected this book to be more about McCain and his personal journey through war and into politics. Instead, it describes the experiences of his grandfather, father and himself serving in the military. If you are a WWII or Vietnam War buff, this is for you. After reading this, I felt I had experienced being a POW myself. I also thought it was novel to read about the experiences of someone who supported American involvement in the Vietnam War. McCain shares his pride in America and I came away feeling quite patriotic myself. Overall, it was an interesting book, a quick read, descriptive, and insightful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 18 years old and I have just completed reading his book. It is a masterpiece.I was a step away from getting an appointment to Annapolis, but it did not fall through.I am inspired so much that I have enlisted in the U.S.Navy for both my father and grandfather were in the navy although they were not admirals. McCain's book told me that glory is not self-seeking.It is something you get by serving a cause greater than yourself and I think every teenager should be exposed to patriotism and leadership of this magnitude whether in school or at home.John has inspired me and I hope everyone else is inspired by this real life hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My father was 1hr away from going to Vietnam himself. Although it turned out he didn't go, to this day if Vietnam is even mentioned, my Dad's eyes have tears. I never could fully understand it. Hearing Sen. McCain's story, I feel the young people of this country get a better picture of the hell our fathers went through. John McCain is a true American Hero, who has a great sense of humor. It's a terrible shame that America let him down in his bid for the Presidency.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and have shared it with some of my colleagues. I bought it not only because I have admired the Senator ever since I heard of the tragic fire aboard the FORRESTAL during the Vietnam war and his subsequent imprisonment in North Vietnam but primarily because I served aboard the U.S.S. ST PAUL (CA-73) under his father, John S. McCain, Jr. I was GREATLY DISAPPOINTED in the book when I read Senator McCain's words about his father: 'During the Korean War, as a captain, he served as second in comand on the destroyer USS St. Paul.' (p. 93) I served aboard the USS SAINT PAUL (CA-73)1949-51 and made two Korean cruises aboard her. John S. McCain, Jr. was the Executive Officer (2nd in command) and his rank was COMMANDER (not captain). Further, the SAINT PAUL IS NOT A DESTROYER. It is a Baltimore Class HEAVY CRUISER, which, unfortunately has been scrapped and made into razor blades. As a former sailor, the Senator should not have permitted such errors to creep into and remain in his book. At present, there are about 2500 veterans who are members of the U.S.S. SAINT PAUL (CA-73) ASSOCIATION, many of whom had the same privilege of serving under then CDR. John S. McCain, Jr. It was my honor to have been personally appointed to the ship's Master at Arms Force by Commander McCain. He was indeed an officer who genuinely cared for the welfare of the enlisted men that served under his command and whom the 'white hats' deeply respected! The Senator owes a sincere apology to all the enlisted men and officers who served under his father who, at the time was CDR. JOHN S. MCCAIN, JR.! We share the Senator's pride in his father's subsequent achievement of four-star admiral and CINCPAC!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring book which really made me think about what Americans have sacrificed and how proud I am to be a citizen of our great country. John McCain is a man of the highest character who I greatly respect. The chapters which describe his 5 1/2 years as a POW are incredibly moving and saddening. My eyes filled with tears as I read his account of the dreadful cruelty he experienced in Vietnam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very heartbreaking and eye opening story of some fine american Hero's' gods bless them
GmaBaja More than 1 year ago
Still believe that we shouldn't of been involved. Greatest wrong was the Government did not support our troops while serving or when they came back and that still seems to be a problem today. YES I was in the military during peace time. BUT have many uncles serving during WWII, retired brother and son and many friends. Pray for our troops serving now and when they return. Pray the government starts backing up our troops and not worry about their health plans, but our service people and their families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of respect for McCain before reading this book; but he's an amazing man from an amazing family. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the careers of his grandfather and father. This a must read if you want to know what happened to our brave POW's during the Vietnam war.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
add two others to the pot. Heredity and envirorment are a great mix no child in the family has the same parent we have eight genic roots by the time we get to the greats and so do they. Too many varibles to pontify there is no antonym for fiction all is perception as the bible said we see through a dark glass though i didnt know they had them then
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