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A deeply personal and candid remembrance of the late Senator John McCain from one of his closest and most trusted confidants, friends, and political advisors. 

More so than almost anyone outside of McCain’s immediate family, Mark Salter had unparalleled access to and served to influence the Senator’s thoughts and actions, cowriting seven books with him and acting as a valued confidant. Now, in The Luckiest Man, Salter draws on the storied facets of McCain’s early biography as well as the later-in-life political philosophy for which the nation knew and loved him, delivering an intimate and comprehensive account of McCain’s life and philosophy. 

Salter covers all the major events of McCain’s life - his peripatetic childhood, his naval service - but introduces, too, aspects of the man that the public rarely saw and hardly knew. Woven throughout this narrative is also the story of Salter and McCain’s close relationship, including how they met, and why their friendship stood the test of time in a political world known for its fickle personalities and frail bonds. 

Through Salter’s revealing portrayal of one of our country’s finest public servants, McCain emerges as both the man we knew him to be and also someone entirely new. Glimpses of his restlessness, his curiosity, his courage, and sentimentality are rendered with sensitivity and care - as only Mark Salter could provide. The capstone to Salter’s intimate and decades-spanning time with the Senator, The Luckiest Man is the authoritative last word on the stories McCain was too modest to tell himself and an influential life not soon to be forgotten.

©2020 Mark Salter. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

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This is a profoundly moving book about an American of honor and valor, the likes of which we're likely not to see again for a lifetime. Regardless of one's politics there are many ideas here to ponder. For me the book also explains a number of contemporary political events - details and viewpoints that were very instructive to me. I cannot think of a book more worthwhile for today.

The writing in this book is quite "lovely" for a book on a political figure. I found a couple accountings of Senate bills and votes quite dry. But those were important in creating the biography and kept probably as brief as possible. Overall, the writing has complex events moving along at a good pace. The author includes stories, anecdotes, and direct quotes that are often stunning and noteworthy. Many times these were so vivid they left me feeling as if I was right there in the office, on the floor, or engaging with McCain myself. The narrator seemed just perfect to me, This will be among my most favorite books and everyone I know will be getting a copy for Christmas. People around the world know John McCain and it is essential to know McCain's story well. And this author tells it so beautifully.

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Fantastic!

This book was far better than I have the ability to convey. I highly recomend it.

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Moving, informational and leaves you in tears

I learned a lot about John McCain and the principles by which he lead his life. I did not vote for him for president but through this book learned about a truly great American.

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worthwhile listen

politics aside, an unbelievable life story. well read as well. while the book starts slowly due to the details, it quickly picks up pace and almost draws one in like a novel at points.

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An in-depth look at the life of John McCann

Perhaps it was reading this book so close to the 2020 election but I found it to be a bit too detailed for my taste especially during The discussion of how bills make their way through through Congress. I have to confess that I skipped parts of chapters but thoroughly enjoyed the parts of that discussed the senators youth his upbringing his years at school and in the Navy as well as his latter years

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An American Hero

An opportunity to really understand and appreciate a remarkable life of an American hero, who paid the price of service in war, and learned what true valor is. John McCain embodied so much of the best of America: a deep sense of service to others, a solid foundation of values, a moral compass, courage, a great sense of humor. While I did not agree with every stance he took, I admire and honor how he stood true to his principles - our American principles. He made me proud to call him my senator.

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A Great Book About A Great Man

I regret knowing this is likely the last book I get about John McCain. Fantastic!

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please read

I finished this book 4 days before the 2020 Presidential election. This book restored and revitalized my spirit of patriotism. What can I do to support and affirm the purpose of America? Please take the time to read this book!

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This increased my admiration and appreciation of John McCain by a big multiplier for sure. We were fortunate to have a true patriot and humanitarian in our midst who fought and worked for us and our nation.
He was a man who looked out for people who needed someone like him in their corner. The audio version was well read and I’m very glad I bought it.

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A required read for anyone interested in US politics

This is a fantastic book. It charts John McCains entire life and includes details of his family and military career. It doesn’t set out to paint him as a saint. As it’s written by a long time aide and friend it provides a ring side seat of what it was like to work with him as a politician. It’s balanced and honest.