The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations

by John McCain, Mark Salter

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“History matters to McCain, and for him America is and was about its promise. The book is his farewell address, a mixture of the personal and the political. ‘I have loved my life,’ he writes. ‘All of it.’ The Restless Wave is a fitting valedictory for a man who seldom backed down.” —The Guardian (US)

“A book-length meditation on what it means to face the hard challenges of long life and the sobering likelihood of imminent death…A reflection on hardship, a homily on purpose, a celebration of life — and a challenge to Americans to live up to their values and founding principles at a time when both are in jeopardy.” —The Boston Globe

In this candid political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years…Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the spurious nationalism and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump's statements and policies. At the same time, he tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service and offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency. The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501178023
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 143,957
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Senator John McCain (1936—2018) 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. He is the author of Faith of My Fathers, Worth Fighting For, Why Courage Matters, Character Is Destiny, Thirteen Soldiers, and The Restless Wave.

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

Accumulated Memories 1

Chapter 1 No Surrender 11

Chapter 2 Country First 31

Chapter 3 About Us 69

Chapter 4 In the Company of Heroes 105

Chapter 5 Arab Spring 151

Chapter 6 Fighting the Good Fight (with and against Ted Kennedy) 195

Chapter 7 Nyet (Know Thine Enemy) 235

Chapter 8 Know Thyself (Defending the West) 277

Chapter 9 Part of the Main (American Exceptionalism) 307

Chapter 10 Regular Order 339

Hidden Valley 371

Acknowledgments 383

Index 385

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