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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John McCain, Mark Salter Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9780736697804
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In 1999, John McCain wrote one of the most acclaimed and bestselling memoirs of the decade, Faith of My Fathers. That book ended in 1972, with McCain’s release from imprisonment in Vietnam. This is the rest of his story, about his great American journey from the U.S. Navy to his electrifying run for the presidency, interwoven with heartfelt portraits of the mavericks who have inspired him through the years—Ted Williams, Theodore Roosevelt, visionary aviation proponent Billy Mitchell, Marlon Brando in Viva Zapata!, and, most indelibly, Robert Jordan. It was Jordan, Hemingway’s protagonist in For Whom the Bell Tolls, who showed McCain the ideals of heroism and sacrifice, stoicism and redemption, and why certain causes, despite the costs, are . . .

Worth the Fighting For

After five and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, naval aviator John McCain returned home a changed man. Regaining his health and flight-eligibility status, he resumed his military career, commanding carrier pilots and serving as the navy’s liaison to what is sometimes ironically called the world’s most exclusive club, the United States Senate. Accompanying Senators John Tower and Henry “Scoop” Jackson on international trips, McCain began his political education in the company of two masters, leaders whose standards he would strive to maintain upon his election to the U.S. Congress. There, he learned valuable lessons in cooperation from a good-humored congressman from the other party, Morris Udall. In 1986, McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate, inheriting the seat of another role model, Barry Goldwater.
During his time in public office, McCain has seen acts of principle and acts of craven self-interest. He describes both ex-tremes in these pages, with his characteristic straight talk and humor. He writes honestly of the lowest point in his career, the Keating Five savings and loan debacle, as well as his triumphant moments—his return to Vietnam and his efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Vietnamese governments; his fight for campaign finance reform; and his galvanizing bid for the presidency in 2000.
Writes McCain: “A rebel without a cause is just a punk. Whatever you’re called—rebel, unorthodox, nonconformist, radical—it’s all self-indulgence without a good cause to give your life meaning.” This is the story of McCain’s causes, the people who made him do it, and the meaning he found. Worth the Fighting For reminds us of what’s best in America, and in ourselves.


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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl | 1/13/2014

    " I lean to the left myself, but if we end up with another republican I've been hoping for this one since 2000. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this book because it was easy reading. Senator McCain writes well and has an authentic personality which comes through in the stories contained in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/23/2013

    " Examination of McCain's beliefs. I would have voted for this the old McCain... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Smith | 10/3/2013

    " This book is not so much about policy but rather about the men who have influenced McCain. I found it to be pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afua | 10/2/2013

    " Oh, Senator McCain. This memoir of yours made me see so much potential in you, so much wasted potential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 9/2/2013

    " The memoir of John McCain on his time in the house and senate, and his failed run for President in 2000. He talks about his heroes and who inspires him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jko | 3/26/2013

    " well-written, but his attempts at humility didn't sell me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann from S.C. | 8/11/2012

    " I found this to be a very interesting book. I learned some things about Mccain that I did not know. He went through alot in his life, and I do admire him a bunch! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Olson | 4/3/2011

    " Great book if you're interested in John McCain's heros and some of his social positions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Travis Albrecht | 2/15/2011

    " You don't have to read more than a few sentences to realize that all of McCain's experiences and decisions are seen through a militaristic lens. Scary to say the least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 2/5/2011

    " Not very interesting. Long-winded, self-aggrandizing, preemptive damage control. His first book was far better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/9/2010

    " All-in-all pretty good; suprisingly philosophical and thoughtful. Its cool to see who McCain looked up to when he was starting out. I also thought it was great how he admitted what he did wrong in the Keating 5 situation and all. I found the book to be an insightful and honest look at his past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 8/6/2007

    " Pretty blah. Parts of it are just things that John McCain likes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Moore | 12/11/2006

    " A politician I really respect. Not the most enthralling author (the opposite of his opponent, who's a little too flowery as a writer) but a good glimpse into what drives him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 5/22/2006

    " Worth reading for any person interested in American political life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/12/2005

    " Started reading this for the election but dropped off. It didn't hold my attention very well. Seemed like a resume in story format. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Dan Cashman is an American television actor, producer, and audiobook narrator who has also appeared in many television movies such as Dangerous Women, The Invisible Man, and The Pretender.