The extraordinary bestselling memoir of three generations of an American military family--including a harrowing account of John McCain's five years ...Show synopsisThe extraordinary bestselling memoir of three generations of an American military family--including a harrowing account of John McCain's five years in a POW camp in Vietnam. John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in the United States government, but his deeply felt memoir is not a political one and ends before his election to Congress. With candor and ennobling power, McCain tells a story that, in the words of Newsweek, "makes the other presidential candidates look like pygmies."Hide synopsis
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Faith of My Fathers is a memoir of Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain. In this inspirational book, we learn about his childhood, his years in high school and at the Naval Academy, and the five years he spent as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. We also learn about his father and grandfather, both of whom served in the US Navy in World War II. I have read many political and military memoirs, and this one is definitely my favorite. While most of the book is serious, there are numerous instances of humor. This moving book is an authentic testament to American patriotism, courage, sacrifice, and honor. Highly recommended.
With the upcoming elections for President, I think this is an important read for all voters. It was an inspiring book that shows how our background, upbringing and family all influence us, especially in a time of crisis. Truely a great family that has provided an important service to our country. There were also interesting historical facts that made the reading much more interesting.
John McCain has a distinguished military pedigree. Both his father and grandfather were four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy.
He himself was a naval aviator who saw action in Vietnam.
He was also involved in the horrible fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.
This book has great war stories from both his grandfather and father.
McCain tells of the difficulties and humiliations of the naval academy and the problems involved in having famous relatives. Many thought he expected a free ride.
The largest section of the book covers his time as a P.O.W. in North Vietnam, for 5 1/2 years, the things he endured and the friendships he made. His father would go as close to the DMZ once a year, and look across the border and think of his son.
I'm sure what he experienced there affected his views of foreign policy. I think his experience will benefit him if he becomes President.
As for the title, which is a line from a hymn about being imprisoned for one's faith, it's not really appropriate. The book is more about the "faithfulness" of his father and grandfather, than about their "faith".
Also, he was married to a different woman at the time he was a P.O.W. so he doesn't really mention much about his marriage.
3/19/2008: Can anyone stop a war by shouting, "Don't Support The
War?"-No. Does voting to stop a War succeed?-No. Why? Because
Terrorism and Evil is just as disciplined as Goodness, Virtue and
Honor. THAT is what creates War. Once a country has decided that
it is going to try to control it's inhabitants by Evil means,
Goodness, Virtue, and Honor, are moved in Persons with Power to be
able to stop the Evil. Can everyone see the real fight? No. Not
everyone knows what Goodness, Virtue, and Honor is -according to
Political Structure.This book defines what all those qualities are
and what they have meant for centuries,if not throughout the entire
Cycle of Humanity. Nor do most Americans understand how disciplined
the attackers using Evil means are.Their calculated devising of
breaking one person down after another is frightening, as it isn't
until you are a Prisoner of War that they show you how long it is
that they have planned on you. They know exactly how much to do,
when, and whether it will produce the breaking of one's
resistance. What they don't know is whether you will recover
and move forward.This book doesn't comment extensively regarding
the North or South Vietnamese - yes the fight was about the land,
but the real message here is about how one American Family fights
to protect America. Communism, as the motivator of the war in
Vietnam, was not a silent, hidden, attacker. It did attempt to be
a magician, however, constantly creating confusion to near
insanity so that most just couldn't cope with identifying and
fighting it's Characters-who don't hesitate at any humiliation,
degradation, or dehumanization to break the Character of American
Honor. It creates such terror and upset that most Persons would
try to escape, even if they died in the attempt, as Senator
McCain witnessed. He knew the fight within warfare was to prove
which side held the most strength of convictions by the number of
Americans able to be broken-in the hope that Goodness, Virtue, and
Honor would never be regained. He personally was attacked and went
through the proving of His own American Values- every morning for
nearly two years of being beaten repetitively (mostly on the head and
body), when he was already so injured and without medical care for
most of the time, that it is Amazing Grace that he didn't die. He was
in the POW camp for five and one half years total. During that time
he and many of his fellow Americans generate and interdepend on each
other's Goodness, Virtue, and Honor, as well as their memories of
their forefathers and friends that made examples for them to follow.
It supports them whenever other Americans are tortured into
compliance, whenever They are tortured into compliance-because they
are only Human with only so much strength to fight at times. What
leads to such strength and conviction to be able to survive such
torturous conditions? Is it the generations of Fighter's for Freedom
in Senator McCain's Family-first in Ireland, then in a newly created
America? John McCain's Father and Grandfather were both 4 star
Generals in our American Navy. His main remembrances of them were
of Goodness, Virtue, and Honor and how they applied themselves with
that in mind always. When you read their individual stories of their
exploits in the Armed Services, many times you will feel warm, you
might even chuckle at their down-to-earth, sometimes even wild
personality traits and habits. I read this book as the Grandmother
that I am and I saw in this book, the capability of teaching our
young what it means to apply American Virtues to situations in
everyday life. What types of situations call for Honor, and, when you
have done something you may have difficulty forgiving yourself for,
does it mean you are lacking Goodness? This book has exponential
potential in use for teaching all students from K-College and beyond.
Limitless opportunies to be able to discuss what it really means to be
an American-and-how you can recognize when someone isn't going to even
want to be called one. Senator McCain's candor is Honest. I felt
as though he was inviting me into his Family and allowing even himself
to be bared to the quick so that I might believe that America was
really my home and to cultivate for our future and our World, Virtue,
Goodness, Honor-and Trust. Many of our American Families have
suffered devisive techniques that emanate from anti-American forces
right here on our own turf. This book gives us hope that with all the
insight that our Leaders, such as John McCain, have been given, we
will be able to identify the Powers that try to wear us down, Expose,
and, Conquor them, to make America stronger and more United in the
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