The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations

In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life?and what matters most. I don?t know how much longer I?ll be here. Maybe I?ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they?ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I?ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, ra In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life?and...

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Title:The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations
Author:John McCain
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:The Restless Wave
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations Reviews

  • Pam Cipkowski
    Jun 12, 2018
    I always like to hear what John McCain has to say, and this book is no different. A lot of political war stories here, and a heavy dose of foreign policy (which made me yawn in a few spots), all injected with his usual sarcastic wit and bravado. Conversations about the 2008 campaign ...
  • David Anthony Sam
    Jun 26, 2018
    Best to use John McCain?s own words and Hemingway?s: Before I leave I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the pur poses and practices that distinguish our history from the history of Other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than di...
  • Fergie
    Jun 25, 2018
    I haven't always agreed with John McCain's politics. In fact, most times, I don't agree with his vision for America, but one thing I have never doubted is the value & content of his character. He has always been in my eyes an American hero who has lived his life guided by what he f...
  • Eric
    May 31, 2018
    John McCain implies throughout this book that he is not a gifted orator like Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama or other colleagues. If this is so, the talent must lie with his co-author, Mark Salter, because every chapter soars with passionate, evocative, eye-wetting prose. One small caveat is...
  • Lynn
    Jun 30, 2018
    Very well read by Beau Bridges. I highly recommend the audiobook for this one. John McCain reads the prologue and afterward and Beau Bridges reads the meat. This book highlights the great John McCain, not the one who pandered to the religious right running in a Republican primary. He s...
  • Scott Martin
    Jun 28, 2018
    This memoir provides insight from a man who has been at the center of American domestic and international politics for over 40 years. The focus of this book covers key events from 2008 to the present day. McCain discusses his failed run at the presidency in 2008, to the debate over tor...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 27, 2018
    I didn't grow up in a political household, politics, world views were rarely discussed. At least not in front of us children. Remember my mom swooning over the Kennedy's like many parents. That may be why I don't really affiliate with any political party. I tend to vote the issues and ...
  • Zulfiya
    Jun 28, 2018
    Let me start with this blunt confession aka disclaimer - I am a Russian immigrant, an agnostic, and a progressive, so hopefully, I am not biased too much with my four star review, but the book is not about me - it is about John McCain by John McCain, who is a very rare breed among Repu...
  • Stephen Morrissey
    Jun 24, 2018
    For those who decry the current political landscape under Donald Trump and are seeking a smart, uplifting, and passionate defense of a different kind of American exceptionalism than the ethno-nationalism of Steve Bannon, John McCain's memoir will feel like a timely literary and politic...
  • Book
    Jul 13, 2018
    The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations by John McCain and Mark Salter ?The Restless Wave? is a candid yet surprisingly understated political memoir from John McCain. No matter what side you are on the political spectrum, McCain?s love...
  • Peter Tillman
    May 12, 2018
    Here's an edited excerpt, published as an essay by the WSJ: ?Vladimir Putin Is an Evil Man? https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-mcc... "Three months later, in Putin?s first weeks as prime minister [1999], bomb explosions destroyed apartment buildings in three Russian cities, in...
  • Michael O'Leary
    Jun 28, 2018
    This is a great read by truly a great man. I didn't agree with his politics, and I didn't vote for him, but I respected his character, his principles, sense of honor, his military and political service to our country, and his determination. His prognosis for recovery from brain cancer ...
  • Susan
    May 24, 2018
    I really enjoyed reading his personal thoughts and statements and reading about his experiences. However, it was way too much detailed information for me on each battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...
  • Roger Smitter
    May 27, 2018
    If only if all politicians would write and think they way John McCain does in his bio. He tells us that his rhetorical strategy was ?...my country saved me ...and I can?t forget it? (p. 59). He takles several pages to explain what he said on election night when Obama had won the ...
  • Phil
    Jun 04, 2018
    Four years ago this month, I read Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' I am going to use the same review for Restless Wave, as I believe it too, gives us insight into the nature of true statesmanship, leadership, knowledge, and integrity. Like him or not; politics aside: you cannot rea...
  • Eliz
    Jun 20, 2018
    Instead of an autobiography looking back at his life, this book is largely a rant about the 2008 election and how everyone but him and his friends Lindsey and Joe are and were wrong on Iraq and every other point in the Middle East. It's like formula writing. Instead of making a point t...
  • Paulette
    Jun 30, 2018
    The world is going to so miss Senator McCain when he is gone, no matter how you feel about him. I have mixed feelings -- I was in his corner the first time he ran against Bush, but years later, when he inexplicably chose the Alaskan dim bulb Sarah Palin as his running mate. his choices...
  • Marc Gerstein
    Jun 23, 2018
    I love political memoirs, whether from people I agree with or disagree with, like or don?t like, voted for or voted against. Considering the arc of his life, with much to be revered even by those with differing views, I thought this would be a winner. It is a powerful historic res...
  • Donald Powell
    Jun 03, 2018
    John McCain is truly a great man and a true American Hero in many realms. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his thoughts, his approach and his urgent plea for principles above personalities. His vision of governance is amazingly aligned with the founders and other great political thinkers. ...
  • Kim
    Jun 05, 2018
    I listened to the audio book version narrated mostly by Beau Bridges, who was a good choice since his voice is similar to John McCain's. On the whole, I thought this book was pretty boring. I'm not that interested in military details and 75% of this book was devoted to that topic. I...
  • Cheryl
    May 26, 2018
    It was a memoir. He didn't shit on anyone and he didn't do a tell all. He wrote about his experiences around the world, he had nice things to say about Sarah Palin, he had not very nice things to say about Obama's decisions (understandable), and not very much to say about Trump (surpri...
  • Ash Wilson
    Jun 06, 2018
    ?I don?t know how much longer I?ll be here. Maybe I?ll have another 5 years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they?ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I?ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. Bu...
  • Jean
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • S.J. Tyson
    Jun 25, 2018
    Excellent book. I don't care if you're Democrat, Republican or anywhere outside or in between, this book is worth the read. Each chapter is the book is one facet of his life described, much like essays rather than chapters. (I warn you now, if you only like to stop reading between chap...
  • Ronald Aylward
    Jun 21, 2018
    I stopped at page 75. This is one of the most poorly written books that I have started to read. It is very ego centric as evidenced by the use of the personal pronoun ?I?. It is a steam of conscious type of writing that John may enjoy, but it is not worth reading. I am glad I r...
  • JerryDeanHalleck
    Jun 21, 2018
    The Louder he talked of honor, the faster we counted our spoons. This isn't a good book. Its boring and prose style is mediocre. You'll have to be a BIG McCain fan to enjoy reading it. First, if you're looking for great insights into the 2008 campaign, the US Senate, or McCain'...
  • Dan Keefer
    Jun 12, 2018
    Judging a political book is a tricky thing to do . . . objectively. Typically you read it because you are interested in the person (i.e. You agree with him most of the time.). If you don't like the person, you give the book a bad review without reading it. All the reviewer generally wa...
  • Leslie's  Bookcase
    Jun 13, 2018
    I did enjoy this book. I wrote about my takeaways here: http://lesliesbookcase.com/2018/06/13... ...
  • Carolyn Harper
    May 28, 2018
    Poignant, passionate, and unfailingly patriotic, McCain recalls the causes he?s dedicated his life to and appeals?both directly and indirectly?for his readers to take up the standard. I don?t agree with all of his positions, but I admire and respect McCain?s fervor, sincerity...
  • skip thurnauer
    Jul 07, 2018
    In the introduction too The Restless Wave, "Accumulated Memories", McCain states that "We live in a land made from ideals, not blood and soil. We are custodians of those ideals at home, and their champions abroad." He goes on to say that America has done good in the world because we be...