The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain

The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain

by Mark Salter

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Overview

A deeply personal and candid remembrance of the late Senator John McCain from one of his closest and most trusted confidants, friends, and political advisors.

More so than almost anyone outside of McCain’s immediate family, Mark Salter had unparalleled access to and served to influence the Senator’s thoughts and actions, cowriting seven books with him and acting as a valued confidant. Now, in The Luckiest Man, Salter draws on the storied facets of McCain’s early biography as well as the later-in-life political philosophy for which the nation knew and loved him, delivering an intimate and comprehensive account of McCain’s life and philosophy.

Salter covers all the major events of McCain’s life—his peripatetic childhood, his naval service—but introduces, too, aspects of the man that the public rarely saw and hardly knew. Woven throughout this narrative is also the story of Salter and McCain’s close relationship, including how they met, and why their friendship stood the test of time in a political world known for its fickle personalities and frail bonds.

Through Salter’s revealing portrayal of one of our country’s finest public servants, McCain emerges as both the man we knew him to be and also someone entirely new. Glimpses of his restlessness, his curiosity, his courage, and sentimentality are rendered with sensitivity and care—as only Mark Salter could provide. The capstone to Salter’s intimate and decades-spanning time with the Senator, The Luckiest Man is the authoritative last word on the stories McCain was too modest to tell himself and an influential life not soon to be forgotten.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982120931
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 7,859
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Mark Salter has collaborated with John McCain on all seven of their books, including The Restless Wave, Faith of My Fathers, Worth the Fighting For, Why Courage Matters, Character Is Destiny, Hard Call, and Thirteen Soldiers. He served on Senator McCain’s staff for eighteen years.

Table of Contents

Reminiscences 1

Prologue 33

On the Run 69

Code of Conduct 91

Questions of Honor (Part One) 107

Questions of Honor (Part Two) 143

Recovery 171

Straight Talk Express 221

Maverick 281

War 325

Front-Runner 373

Nominee 407

The Senior Senator 435

Mr. Chairman 477

The Luckiest Man 519

Epilogue 555

Acknowledgments 559

Notes 561

Index 565

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