A rebel and risk-taker from childhood, John McCainson and grandson of admiralsnevertheless chose to follow the traditional path marked out for him in the military. Nearly six years in a North Vietnamese prison tested his resolve and proved his extraordinary resilience and will to survive. Coming to Congress, McCain found that making his way in politics demanded a different set of survival skills, and he grew accustomed to the corridors of power while striving to keep his independence. This lively biography traces McCain's unlikely ascent to the verge of attaining the nation's highest office while never ceasing to challenge himself and others to serve a cause greater than self-interest.
About the Author
ELAINE S. POVICH is a freelance journalist and veteran Washington correspondent who has reported for Newsday and the Chicago Tribune, among other newspapers, and written feature articles for many magazines and journals, including Kiplinger's Retirement Report, the AARP Bulletin, and Fortune Small Business. The author of Nancy Pelosi: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2008), she is a member of the Gridiron Club and past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation.
Table of Contents
Timeline of Events in the Life of John McCain
Chapter 1: Son and Grandson of Admirals
Chapter 2: Fifth from the Bottom: Annapolis
Chapter 3: Before Combat
Chapter 4: Vietnam
Chapter 5: Prisoner
Chapter 6: Coming Home to the U.S.A.
Chapter 7: Navy Senate Liaison
Chapter 8: Running for Congress
Chapter 9: Congressman
Chapter 10: In Barry Goldwaters Footsteps: Senator
Chapter 11: Loyalty and Politics
Chapter 12: The Keating Five Scandal
Chapter 13: Regaining His Reputation
Chapter 14: Vietnam Revisited
Chapter 16:Lighting in a Bottle: Running for President, 2000
Chapter 17:A Senator with Sway
Chapter 18: Running Again: Campaign 2008
Chapter 19:Mr. President?
Appendix I:Speeches by John McCain
Appendix II:U.S. Presidential Elections since 1860 (Major Candidates)