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This lavishly illustrated volume—featuring a foreword by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns—provides a compelling look at the life and career of Senator John McCain from his early years to today, exploring his legacy, his impact, and his place in American history.    As of January 3, 2018, John Sidney McCain III, one of the most influential statesmen of our time, will have This lavishly illustrated volume—featuring a foreword by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns—provides a compelling look at the life and career of Senator John McCain from his early years to today, exploring his legacy, his impact, and his place in American history.    As of January 3, 2018, John Sidney McCain III, one of the most influential statesmen of our time, will have served as a US senator for 31 years—11,324 days. This unofficial retrospective honors and pays homage to Senator McCain’s astonishing journey—a story of courage, resilience, and leadership; irrepressibility, determination, and grit. Written by acclaimed journalist Elaine Povich, it covers his childhood as the son and grandson of admirals, his service as a naval aviator in Vietnam and subsequent harrowing five-year imprisonment in a POW camp, his congressional and senatorial careers, his family, his presidential campaigns, and perhaps his most important role yet, as an elder statesman willing to stand up for the nation. With more than 100 photographs, highlights from notable speeches, and inspiring quotes, this book is a moving tribute to a true American hero and icon.


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This lavishly illustrated volume—featuring a foreword by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns—provides a compelling look at the life and career of Senator John McCain from his early years to today, exploring his legacy, his impact, and his place in American history.    As of January 3, 2018, John Sidney McCain III, one of the most influential statesmen of our time, will have This lavishly illustrated volume—featuring a foreword by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns—provides a compelling look at the life and career of Senator John McCain from his early years to today, exploring his legacy, his impact, and his place in American history.    As of January 3, 2018, John Sidney McCain III, one of the most influential statesmen of our time, will have served as a US senator for 31 years—11,324 days. This unofficial retrospective honors and pays homage to Senator McCain’s astonishing journey—a story of courage, resilience, and leadership; irrepressibility, determination, and grit. Written by acclaimed journalist Elaine Povich, it covers his childhood as the son and grandson of admirals, his service as a naval aviator in Vietnam and subsequent harrowing five-year imprisonment in a POW camp, his congressional and senatorial careers, his family, his presidential campaigns, and perhaps his most important role yet, as an elder statesman willing to stand up for the nation. With more than 100 photographs, highlights from notable speeches, and inspiring quotes, this book is a moving tribute to a true American hero and icon.

30 review for John McCain: American Maverick

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Nutting

    A beautiful “coffee table” book- extraordinary photographs (Cindy sure has gorgeous clothes, I guess that is what 200 million dollars can do for your wardrobe!). I did a Google search on every member of his family, from Carol through Bridget, very interesting!! A lot more revealing than the book! It covers all the same things that were reported on TV during his memorials and funeral service. He may have been a maverick but he was also a loyal American who loved his country. I cried during the fune A beautiful “coffee table” book- extraordinary photographs (Cindy sure has gorgeous clothes, I guess that is what 200 million dollars can do for your wardrobe!). I did a Google search on every member of his family, from Carol through Bridget, very interesting!! A lot more revealing than the book! It covers all the same things that were reported on TV during his memorials and funeral service. He may have been a maverick but he was also a loyal American who loved his country. I cried during the funeral - with sadness for what our country has become. Thank heavens Trump was banned from attendance. May his spirit carry on - RIP

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Evans

    John McCAIN IS A WAR HERO. He said, “I fell in love with this country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice, and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s." John McCain -- April 1973

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ash Wilson

    This book was a pretty quick, coffee-table style made read. The collection of pictures were pretty well done. I liked the organization of it. Each section began with a brief write-up biography of McCain pertaining to whatever that section was about. The following pages of the section would be full of photographs as well as quotes taken directly from McCain, himself, from various books, speeches, interviews, etc over the years, that were inspiring and potent to again, whatever that particular sec This book was a pretty quick, coffee-table style made read. The collection of pictures were pretty well done. I liked the organization of it. Each section began with a brief write-up biography of McCain pertaining to whatever that section was about. The following pages of the section would be full of photographs as well as quotes taken directly from McCain, himself, from various books, speeches, interviews, etc over the years, that were inspiring and potent to again, whatever that particular section of the book was about. My favorite part of this book was actually the collection of speeches in their (often unabridged) entirety delivered by the man, himself. I remember watching him deliver every single one of them and I could re-read them with a nostalgic tear in my eye as I heard his unmistakable voice deliver them in my head. I remember his tone, where he would passionately emphasize certain lines, and I even remembered certain places in the speeches where he would pause for dramatic effect and/or applause. His addresses to the RNC Convention in 2000 when he first ran for president but lost in the primaries to W. Bush, and in 2008 when he won the republican nomination for president but lost the general to then senator Obama are both included. His concession speech from 2000 was also included, but interestingly, not his concession speech from 2008. It actually seemed like his loss in the 2008 election was glossed over a little bit. His (now famous) speech on the senate floor in 2017 after his ‘no’ vote on the GOP healthcare bill and also shortly after the announcement of his diagnosis with a serious form of brain cancer is included. I was thankful for that as it is actually one of my personal most memorable speeches given by McCain at a time when our country so desperately needed / still needs to hear it. Too bad the nation only seemed to appreciate the underlying importance of that speech for a day or so before we went back to our partisan, self involved, nasty ways we have seemed to resort to in politics for the past few years. Lastly, his speech given when he accepted the Liberty Medal from Vice President Biden in October of 2017 is included in its entirety, which was nice to see as I believe it will most likely be one of his last formal public addresses ever given. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards since, all of which he was unable to accept personally and Cindy, (his wife) has had to accept them all on his behalf. What I would say kept this book from a perfect rating from me are a few things: This first didn’t really downgrade my personal rating, but I think it is good for future readers to know - If you are looking to learn information about senator McCain’s history beyond what’s clearly been made very public for decades regarding his military and senate service, this is not the book for you. The actual biography info one can learn about him through this book is quite minimal. All info written about him in this book is pretty much re-written summarizing of public information. There’s not really anything new to learn for anyone previously familiar with McCain’s history. Also, politically, the book is pretty much only set in recent years. While there are some pictures of the early years after his military service, (which is briefly gone over in its own section), very little is written about his political service during the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s. Most of the political information on McCain stems from about 2005 - 2017, minus some information about his 2000 presidential campaign. What did sink the rating for me a little bit is while one of the things I have always personally loved about McCain the most is his ‘maverick’ title attitude, willingness to work across the aisle and deeply respect and even share great friendships with his colleagues that he politically disagrees with - I feel like due to this being a newly released book in the current situation of our country where we have a President who shares the same party affiliation with McCain, but none of the same morals, values, principles, and very little of the same beliefs, and who McCain has been such an open critic of politically, while Trump and his people have been such open critics of McCain in continuous personal attacks even as his health declines facing a nasty disease, (don’t get me started. It’s easy to tell where my feelings are going on this)... I feel like because of how highly publicized that whole thing has been, this book often went out of its way to align McCain with Democrats in focusing more on his friendships and legislation that were more left-leaning and against the right then it did to show all of his years shared with great Republican colleague friendships and all of the right-leaning legislation he has accomplished sometimes going against the left. I’m not saying that it’s right or wrong or needs to be one way or the other. Again, one of the things I love most about McCain is that I feel he has never towed the party politics line. He has always comprised and worked on both sides of the isle and his personal life is proof of that with all of his many-decades-spanning close, personal friendships with big-name Democrats AND Republicans. But I feel that that is the reality and should therefore be what’s shown, and I feel that in light of how often he has been viewed as going against his own party in recent times, the political tone of the book focused more on his alignment with democrats than it did with his own party. Which is maybe what the reporter-author was going for when they subtitled the book, “American Maverick”, but I don’t personally think that’s quite the story on how he received and retains that title. Based off of previous published work and other info, (such as at the end of this book in the acknowledgments), it comes off to me that the author and her family are Democrats and she feels an admiration towards John McCain for the respect he has shown her as a reporter over the years - which is great! He should always respect her as a reporter and she should always respect him as a Republican senior senator. Yet another attribute sorely declining to the point of pretty much vanishing altogether these days - common decency and respect between politicians and reporters who don’t agree. So while there’s nothing at all wrong with the relationship the author seems to have shared with McCain, it doesn’t make for the best book honoring the man when very little to no attention at all is paid to his accomplishments for and within his own party. But I digress. Overall, a fairly quick, enjoyable read. Again, not a whole lot of knowledge and information about McCain to really be gleaned from it, but the pictures were nice, the refresher info was fine, and the speeches were enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I liked this book, flipping though the photos and text highlighting the life of Senator John McCain. He was a hero during the Vietnam War, strong and brave. That strength of character got him through the 5 years he was held as a prisoner of war and is serving him well now that he is battling brain cancer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hedges- Rankin

    Fast read with outstanding pictures where I felt I got a true sense of who John McCain was. Favorite quote taken from one of his speeches, "We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Asher

    Really more of a coffee table book than anything, which wasn't what I was hoping it would be.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sotillo

    Worth making a documentary out of this book. I could not put it down. I enjoyed the prose and all its support documents.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

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    Penelope Hockinson

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    Cole Webb

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    William R

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    Carol Yan

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    David Gallant

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    Rob Henderson

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    Lynn Marrison

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Regina Mascia

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    Lynne

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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    T.C. Davis Jr

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle Holt

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