In this memoir, John McCain, the son of two US admirals, describes the search for meaning in his life as a soldier who fought in the Vietnam war. He describes with candour the life of a career in the US navy and how his daredevil attitude to life was shaped by his incarceration as a PoW in Vietnam. 'In prison I fell in love with my country.. ...Read MoreIn this memoir, John McCain, the son of two US admirals, describes the search for meaning in his life as a soldier who fought in the Vietnam war. He describes with candour the life of a career in the US navy and how his daredevil attitude to life was shaped by his incarceration as a PoW in Vietnam. 'In prison I fell in love with my country...Freedom is America's honour, and all honour comes with obligations'. It is an unforgettable memoir of a man who served his country with heroic deeds yet struggles with his own shortcomings.Read Less
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. 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 future.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-07-19 As the 2000 presidential campaign heats up, Republican hopeful McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, weighs in with the most engrossing book to appear in a long time from a presidential candidate. Writing with Salter, his administrative assistant, McCain carefully avoids the pitfalls of self-promotion, knowing that he has a larger, more interesting story to tell than merely why he wants to be president. McCain is famous for the five years he endured as a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton, the most notorious POW camp in Vietnam. Less well known are two other John McCains: his father and grandfather, both of whom served as admirals in the U.S. Navy. The military service of all three men forms the basis of this gripping, heartfelt reflection on war and naval culture. McCain's grandfather was a legendary old salt, a hard-drinking gambler who fought in WWII next to giants like Nimitz and Halsey. McCain's father was a submarine commander who rose to become commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. Almost half the book is devoted to McCain's grueling tenure as a POW. When he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967, he broke both arms, one shoulder and one knee. During his imprisonment, McCain was tortured repeatedly and frequently locked in solitary confinement. The faith McCain avows is a simple one: "in God, country, and each other"?each other being his comrades at the Hanoi Hilton and, later, his fellow citizens. McCain's memoir is too good to be dismissed as simply another campaign book. It is a serious, utterly engrossing account of faith, fathers and military tradition. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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