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The Restless Wave

By: John McCain,Mark Salter
Narrated by: John McCain,Beau Bridges
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A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain - his most personal book in years - covering everything from 2008 up to the present. 

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever. 

The Restless Wave begins in 2008, with McCain's presidential campaign, and then follows the senator during his time as a senior Republican lawmaker through the Obama administration, when the country was tested at home and abroad. McCain shares his experiences during the divisive 2016 election and his no-holds-barred opinions on the current developments coming out of Washington. He also discusses the vital challenges from abroad: Russia, NATO, the campaign to defeat ISIS, and our ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, among others. Candid, pragmatic, and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir. 

©2018 John McCain, Mark Salter (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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A true patriot

I am a Democrat and disagree with many of John McCain ‘s opinions and decisions; that being said, I have never doubted that the INTENT of those opinions and decisions were, to him, in the best interest of the people and country. He is a caring person, no doubt. Many who have strongly disagreed with him he lists as good friends such as Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton , Barak Obama and many others “across the isle. “.

This book points out his extensive knowledge of foreign countries and the nuances that make them tick...a knowledge sorely lacking in the current leaders.

As for being a hero...not many of us could endure nearly 6 years of imprisonment and come thru with enough brain power to go on and serve the country for many more years. He is a true hero.

This book is McCain’s good bye. I hope he has more time. We desperately need more people with his guts...even if we disagree sometimes.

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Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The book covers his campaign for presidency to the current time. I found some of his observations and comments about people such as Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Obama, both Bushes and high military command most interesting. Toward the end of the book he also had some comments about Trump. In this book what came through to me loud and clear was that McCain’s priority is the country and all else is secondary. Prior to reading this book I had read “Faith of My Father’s A Family Memoir” by McCain; doing this was most helpful in understanding McCain in this current book. I highly recommend this book.

I read the book as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over fourteen hours. McCain read the forward but the actor, Beau Bridges, narrated the book.

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A measured response from a True Patriot

Beliefs, sacrifice, honor, and the greater good resonate from this graceful memoir. McCain's personality rings true, along with the disappointment of his unrealised presidential ambitions. Hearing Bridges narrate the chapters shines a warm light on the current soiled state of American politics.

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A Well Written and Performed Book at the Perfect Time

I have always liked and respected John McCain even though we often don't agree on policy. He is a true hero in my book who dedicated his life to his country. Living in Maine, I have had the fortune to be represented by some of America's greatest leaders. John McCain fits their mold of putting the country first and striving for bipartisan compromise. I learned much about the senator that I did not know. He speaks honestly and discuses accomplishments and mistakes. Most important, he tells a powerful and welcomed history of our country and our important role in supporting freedom. He tells stories about brave individuals fighting against difficult odds and putting their lives on the line to instill freedom in their own country.

I must admit that, while I enjoyed the entire book, the second half had me riveted and not wanting to put the book down. I finished it on a six-hour round-trip drive to Boston. McCain ends the book with a refreshing and emotional discussion that reviewed his life, his fight with cancer, his love for Arizona, and his hopes for his future and our country's. Jeff Bridges performance was excellent and it truly seemed if Senator McCain was reading the book himself.

God Bless you John McCain as you pursue the most important fight of your life. I am a much better person thanks to your influence on my life.

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Man of integrity!

I have been interested in John McCain for years. Listening to this has warmed my heart and makes me wish that I could vote for him for president, tomorrow. Shouldn’t we elect presidents based on their character?

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A brave and rousing farewell

I am a Democrat and opposed to many of the political opinions of Senator McCain. But here is one of the most eloquent and passionate epistles of American ideals, and their forceful promotion in the face of all enemies, foreign and domestic. I was especially moved by the cheerful and optimistic epilogue read by the author himself, a great American.

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Hope for the Future

In spite of everything, John McCain speaks out for the United States. We live in perilous times, and this rock of patriotic spirit gives us strength to carry on. Hope for the future in spite of everything. The current administration may treat him poorly, he may not feel well, but he still stands up for true American values in spite of everything. This gives those of us who love this country the hope to carry on...in spite of everything!

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A book written by a true American Hero!

I loved learning about the man and the Hero John McCain!
It was unbiased., he was writing from his heart, from his time in Vietnam Nam as a prisoners for war for 5 years in the POW camp, to his last battle with Cancer, and Congress when he returned shortly after his brain surgery to the Senate, that he loved so well, to place his final vote against the Trump Health Care Bill,, because he felt it was wrong for the Country..This was against his Doctors orders, but he risked his life to place his final vote for what he thought would be best for his Country, not the popular Republican vote..It tells of his heroism, and great love for the people of Arizona, the people of America, his Family. And the great love he has for his Country. I am a Democrat, and do not agree with all of his policies, but I love this great American Hero.
May he continue to fight the fight. If ever we need men like John McCain, in our Country it is now.

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John McCain is my personal hero

After listening to this book I can truly say that if there were more men like him in our government, there would be no problems anywhere. He is a true patriot and a man of unquestionable honor. As a navy brat myself I can understand how the moving when you're a kid every 2-3 years may seem bad at the time but it also gives you a better acceptance of people. A true hero and a true politician, unlike what we have in office now. And he's still fighting, fighting for his life and us till the end. I seriously recommend this book to anyone who thinks there are no more American hero's. He's right here.

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Soft story and musings.

Skip it if you are looking for the real John McCain. Too many musings and not revealing at all.

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  • Snuzies
  • 06-02-18

Moving

This is a fantastic book, I strongly recommend it.
I am not someone who shares the same political views as McCain, however, this book gave me a lot of food for thought and reinforced how important bipartisanship is in this truly divisive age. It was interesting a moving. When Barrack Obama won the presidency I was glad, I was young and thought McCain would be the worst President ever! I was proved wrong by this book, McCain is a thoughtful and honourable man.

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  • Nkululeko Sibanda
  • 05-23-18

I Loved Obama but McCain would have been good too

If you thought he was a maverick, an original and I, you haven't seen anything yet. Just read this.

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  • Allan Hviid Jensen
  • 05-31-18

A reasonable man

Interesting insights from a life of dedication and service. He treats opponents fairly but is correctly hard with enemies of free people. I find JM an honorable man and straight shooter and I sorely wish other elected representatives would listen to his words of wisdom and seek the art of the compromise, looking to solve problems, not tout partisan ideas. America and the world needs it. Beau Bridges narrates it excellently so that you quickly think it is JM himself speaking directly to you.

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  • E. Quigley
  • 03-03-21

This is a fantastic book and very well written

I first became aware of John McCain as he ran for the 2008 GOP nomination. Following his defeat I started to read more about him and his background and I followed his senate work until he died. He certainly was one of a kind and his dedication to working for America and across the aisle is a template for others to follow. This book provides a great deal of background of him and his work. It’s very well written and read. I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-18

A true American hero

Inspiring. American politics would be in a better place if there were more John Mc Cain’s.
His love of the American system of politics can be a bit jaw dropping at times.
He has inspired me to learn more about what Russia is up to in today’s world.

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  • Tinashe Mawoyo
  • 09-07-18

Powerful

What a powerful book charting the life of a principled man. God rest his soul.

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  • 11-09-20

Kindness should never be mistaken for weakness

This! In the current political climate, we need to remember the lessons of great people like John McCain. No matter what side of the isle you're on, we need to see more examples like him. Conviction, passion, strength, loyalty, honesty. This book speaks loudly to the character of the man, in both his achievements, and his failures. A humble warrior for the betterment of the USA and its people.

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  • Daniel
  • 11-01-19

Touching Stories Of An American Maverick

A touching story of the life of an American Maverik, champion of the body politic and a truth to the statement that 'they dont make them like that anymore'.

A recommended read for anyone loves politics, stories and the telling tales of the American past.