Academic journal article Military Review

WORTH THE FIGHTING FOR: A Memoir

Academic journal article Military Review

WORTH THE FIGHTING FOR: A Memoir

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WORTH THE FIGHTING FOR: A Memoir, John McCain with Mark Salter, Random House Audio Books, NY, 2002, 5 CDs, 5 hours, $25.95.

Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir is a continuation of Senator John McCain's best-selling memoir, Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir (Perennial, NY, 2000), which concluded in 1972 when McCain was released after 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. With the help of Mark Salter, McCain finishes his story, covering his journey from the U.S. Navy to his run for the presidency.

On McCain's return from Vietnam, he regains his health and resumes his naval career, commanding carrier pilots, and serving as the Navy's liaison to the U.S. Senate. he accompanied such Senatorial luminaries as John Tower, Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, and Morris Udall, learning valuable lessons that would later serve him well. In 1986 McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate from the State of Arizona, inheriting the seat of another of his role models, Barry Goldwater.

During his time in public office, McCain saw acts of principle and acts of craven self-interest. he describes both extremes with his characteristic unflinching straight talk and humor. Hc writes that the "Keating Five" savings and loan scandal was the lowest point in his political career. he also describes 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 bid for the presidency in 2000. …

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