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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Is John McCain for real?

That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator John McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when McCain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anticandidate whose goal was to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest. And many young Americans were beginning to take notice.

To get at something riveting and unspinnable and true about John McCain, Wallace finds he must pierce the smoke screen of spin doctors and media manipulators. And he succeeds - in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio that not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into John McCain himself: the senator, the POW, the campaign finance reformer, the candidate, the man. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Montero | 2/13/2014

    " Fantastic, extremely insightful, typical (sadly untypical for majority of humanity) DFW brilliance "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Augie | 2/11/2014

    " if you like self conscience reportage in the style of your favorite twenty one year old rolling stone writer- go for it. there's enough here to make you forget that the subject is a serious political figure who represents a generation of encrusted yet important men who still hold the stakes in the rich man's croquet game of the american political world. wallace is like, post modern and like, real happy with himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/9/2014

    " Find out why not to vote for McCain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Meaney | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting look at John McCain via David Foster Wallace. It's nothing too earth-shattering, but it's nice to hear another perspective on the campaign trail. (Adapted from a much shorter Rolling Stone article.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/2/2014

    " Seeing the 2000 McCain campaign, and presidential politics in general, through DFW's eye's was fascinating. He is able to put to words the feelings of unease, mistrust, alienation and/or apathy that many people feel toward politicians. DFW is a political outsider, but he cuts to the heart of politics faster than anyone I know. I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone with a political bone in their body, or anyone wondering why there isn't a political bone in their body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/31/2014

    " I'm a big fan of DFW, and this book is very insightful in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fact that DFW knows very little about modern politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neu | 1/14/2014

    " I read this one during the election to try to get some nonpartisan insight into the candidate. The book was insightful into the campaign trail, but honestly not very insightful to the candidate himself and his worthiness for office. I was a disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/29/2013

    " Really interesting. (Can be found in Consider the Lobster also.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myles Osborne | 12/29/2013

    " An ever relevant peak into the mechanized domain of cyborg-politicians, this revamped bit of Wallace features all of his signature maneauverings while managing to provide some of the most forward, engaged political narrative ever to grace American shelves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 11/21/2013

    " Back in 2000, before John McCain became nothing more than a republican shill, DFW spent the campaign on the Straight Talk Express. Likely the best political reporting to come out of the 2000 election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 10/28/2013

    " MUST READ FOR THIS ELECTION!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 10/20/2013

    " Surprisingly relevant twelve years later, particularly in relation to people's general apathy about politics, and on the difficulty of ever being able to tell whether someone is for real or just really good at selling you the idea that they are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayla | 7/24/2012

    " What a wonderful pairing: McCain and DFW. I only wish DFW was around for all future politicians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 7/13/2012

    " im not really sure why this is being published now, when it was written for the ghost of election past, but im not going to complain because i love the dfw, and now i can rate it. greg will never catch me!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 6/7/2012

    " I love DFW no matter what he is writing about. And this is a great book about an important subject, the next Pres of the USA. He wrote it back in 2000, and a lot of the stuff he says about McCain then evokes what people are saying about Obama this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis Correa | 2/24/2012

    " DFW's Search for Sincerity in the New Millenium, Post-Coca Cola, Monica Lewinski, and The Godfather. Lucid like a motherfucker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell | 1/23/2012

    " Ugh this election sucked. So reading about it is painful. There were some pretty funny parts to this essay and some painful truthisms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Flynn | 7/10/2011

    " Certainly the highlight of Consider the Lobster. The introduction on this version is also worth a read (as Jacob Weisberg looks back on the 2000 campaign from the 2008 perspective.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Knox | 6/7/2011

    " Perhaps the best read on McCain, the campaign trail, and what it's all about, since HST's '72. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elliott | 10/27/2010

    " A reminder of how much McCain has changed as a candidate since 2000 (so much for Straight Talk) and how different primary elections are from general elections. David Foster Wallace was such a good essayist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/30/2010

    " Really interesting. (Can be found in Consider the Lobster also.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/2/2010

    " Perhaps the best read on McCain, the campaign trail, and what it's all about, since HST's '72. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/23/2010

    " I'm a big fan of DFW, and this book is very insightful in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fact that DFW knows very little about modern politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neu | 11/14/2008

    " I read this one during the election to try to get some nonpartisan insight into the candidate. The book was insightful into the campaign trail, but honestly not very insightful to the candidate himself and his worthiness for office. I was a disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 10/28/2008

    " Back in 2000, before John McCain became nothing more than a republican shill, DFW spent the campaign on the Straight Talk Express. Likely the best political reporting to come out of the 2000 election. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/10/2008

    " This is the last book I read. It's short, a very long magazine article, really. But it says so much about the process of how we elect a president and the MSM's approach to news coverage that you easily lose sight that the book is supposed to be about McCain's 2000 campaign. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jake | 9/15/2008

    " The most objective look at a candidate in a very long time. And probably a long time to come. A must read for those disillusioned by electoral politics.

    May Mr. Wallace rest in peace. "

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About the Author
Author David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) is the New York Times bestselling author of Infinite JestThe Broom of the System, and Girl With Curious Hair. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper’s, the New YorkerPlayboyParis ReviewConjunctionsPremiereTennisThe Missouri Review, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Wallace has received numerous awards, including the Whiting Award, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the QPB Joe Savago New Voices Award, and the O. Henry Award.

About the Narrator

Henry Leyva, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio.