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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 Narrator: John McCain and Daniel Hugh Kelly Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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There is a point in everybody's life at which a tough decision will have to be made - a hard call. For inspiration and direction, we can look to the remarkable individuals in John McCain and Mark Salter's book, which dramatically describes the anatomy of a great decision, including:

  • Branch Rickey's decision to offer Jackie Robinson a contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the face of public opposition.
  • Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's decision to return to Liberia, after receiving an economics degree from Harvard University, to face the nightmare of a civil war, imprisonment, and the challenge of leadership.
  • General Fred Weyand's decision to redeploy 15 of his battalions, despite resistance from senior American military commanders in Vietnam.

Woven into these stories are McCain's own views on the process and art of decision-making, and stories about hard calls he's faced, and the ones we might all have to face in the future. Hard Call is an inspiring testament to grace under pressure by one of America's most admired political leaders.

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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.