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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John McCain, Mark Salter Narrator: John McCain, Daniel Hugh Kelly Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781594839443
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In Hard Call, acclaimed authors John McCain and Mark Salter describe the anatomy of great decisions by telling the remarkable stories of men and women who have exemplified composure, wisdom, and intellect in the face of life’s toughest decisions. The authors identify six qualities typically represented in the best decisions: awareness, timing, foresight, confidence, humility, and inspiration. These qualities are personified by the exceptional individuals in this book, each of whom had to make a hard call. The authors illuminate:

–Branch Rickey’s awareness of the opposition he would face in integrating the Brooklyn Dodgers and his sagacity in choosing the right man, Jackie Robinson, to break baseball’s color barrier

–Winston Churchill’s foresight in preparing England’s navy for war

–Anwar Sadat’s and Menachem Begin’s timing in choosing to risk their lives and political careers by seeking peace in the aftermath of war

–Gertrude Ederle’s confidence in deciding to swim the English Channel—and her fortitude in continuing the quest against the wishes of her coach, despite the fact that no woman had ever succeeded

–Reinhold Niebuhr’s humility in deciding to abandon his pacifist views and endorse the use of violence against persecution in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union

–Abraham Lincoln’s historic act of inspiration: His decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, the role of faith in his life, and his willingness to suffer for a cause greater than himself.

Woven into these stories are John McCain’s own views on the process and art of decision making and examples of the hard calls we face in our lives. “When I assess a decision,” McCain writes, “I want to know all I can about the character of the decision maker before I examine the properties of the decision, its outcome, or how it was arrived at.”

Hard Call is a testament to the people whose choices serve as a beacon for us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At his best McCain, who covers a tremendous amount of territory, weaves together personal reflections with historical analysis…marvelous.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An insider’s view provides keen insight on the caprices of history and more than a few echoes of current events, most importantly the interplay between personal experience and national destiny. Meticulously crafted, this collection will appeal to those who respect McCain’s reputation as a maverick for whom ‘faith and courage’ ranks among the most important forces in human history.”

    Publisher Weekly

  • “The most important part of the equation is self-awareness, and McCain recalls how his own lack of self-awareness caused him to be captured in Vietnam…McCain and cowriter Salter treat all of those profiled in great detail, providing the historical context for their hard calls.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/11/2013

    " extremely interesting. I recommend it to all. Although it's not about McCain, his underlying values come through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 8/5/2013

    " This is a book on making tough decisions. Self help people (Bryan) might like it. I thought the best part was the introduction, which was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 6/30/2013

    " The stories of those who made tough calls were interesting and memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 7/31/2011

    " Changed my opinion of John McCain. If these are his heroes, he cannot be the madman that I believed him to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 5/13/2011

    " There were some good stories that I hadn't come across before; the reasons for the success of Boeing Aircraft in the last half of the last century was the one that I found most interesting. I would read this again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 6/27/2010

    " This book is full of good stories about people who have achieved great things but the narrative style of writing has no oomph, no drama. I found it hard to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kipi | 5/5/2010

    " An interesting read. Nothing terribly compelling, but interesting enough to finish. I was somewhat distracted by the large number of grammatical errors in this book, errors that will surely be corrected in later editions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 3/13/2010

    " I'm learning a lot about history and its players. Loving it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/2/2010

    " Terrific insights into 20+ men and women who have made difficult decisions and have shaped history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas Bennett | 10/31/2009

    " I listened to this on a drive from Atlanta back to DC. Eh, it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Schnell | 12/20/2008

    " Some interesting stories, some not so much. The real problem with the book is the writing - very dry. My respect for Senator McCain probably raised the score a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pianogal | 8/15/2008

    " This book was a great inspirational read for anyone facing hard decisions in their lives. It got a little bogged down in military decisions, understandable given the author's background, but still managed to be enjoyable. If you can't decide what to do, just read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 6/29/2008

    " Get close to some famous people "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/6/2008

    " Not a bad read. The big decisions McCain chose to write about were interesting. The writing was OK. "

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About the Author
Author John McCain

John McCain was elected to the US Senate in 1986 and was the Republican presidential nominee in 2008. McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and received numerous honors and medals for his service. During his military career he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir. His other works include Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life, Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions, and Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Phoenix, Arizona.