Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain

Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain

Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain

Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain

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Praise for Man of the People

"Among the many legends who have made America great stands John McCain. Man of the People, Revised and Updated lyrically tells his quintessentially American story: a seemingly ordinary man doing extraordinarily heroic and selfless things--out of a pure devotion to his country. This dynamic biography shows why it's easy to imagine him among the ranks of Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan, who led America with such daring and wisdom. McCain's life is so organically American, so true to the legacies of the leaders who preceded him, that the greatest chapter of his story is still to be written."
--Monica Crowley, panelist, The McLaughlin Group; host, The Monica Crowley Show

"John McCain is a real man. By that I mean he has faults and weaknesses like anybody else. But he has supplemented those with a ferocious courage and intensity. Paul Alexander brings McCain's life to life in a way the reader will never forget."
--Bill O'Reilly, anchor, The O'Reilly Factor

"Man of the People, Revised and Updated is nothing short of the definitive text on what makes John McCain tick. The complexity of this man is not well understood--unless you read this book. Alexander's must-read chapter on the infamous 2000 South Carolina primary--'The Dirtiest Race I've Ever Seen'--is the most comprehensive telling to date of that sad moment in our politics."
--Craig Crawford, Washington journalist, cqpolitics.com

"If I were looking for a politician to clean the corporate pigsty, it would be John McCain. In Man of the People, Paul Alexander artfully captures the drive, the integrity, and the tenacity that make John McCain such a one-of-a-kind politician." - Arianna Huffington, cofounder and Editor in Chief, The Huffington Post

Excerpt

An American Centrist

“When I was five years old, a car pulled up in front of our house in New London, Connecticut, and a Navy officer rolled down the window, and shouted at my father that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.” John McCain was speaking in late March 2008 at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. The speech represented a major foreign policy address for McCain, but from his opening comments it was clear he often felt a very personal connection to world events. “My father immediately left for the submarine base where he was stationed. I rarely saw him again for four years. My grandfather, who commanded the fast carrier task force under Admiral Halsey [during World War II], came home from the war exhausted from the burdens he had borne and died the next day. In Vietnam, where I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of my friends never came home to the country they loved so well.” Using the same personal language, McCain moved on to his general thoughts about war. “I detest war,” he said. “It might not be the worst thing to befall human beings, but it is wretched beyond all description. When nations seek to resolve their differences by force of arms, a million tragedies ensue.”

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