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

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

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, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.

The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.

Title:The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations
Edition Language:English

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  • Diane S ?

    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...

  • Cheryl

    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 ...

  • notgettingenough

    I do believe that John McCain has managed to put these two sentences together in his 'Farewell Speech' without the slightest trace of irony."We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and povert...

  • Jean

    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 Bi...

  • Peter Tillman

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  • Marc Gerstein

    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 wi...

  • Donald Powell

    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 ...

  • Book

    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 J...

  • Zulfiya

    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 ...

  • Deb Jones

    Politically speaking, John McCain and I have often been on opposite sides of the fence. That has not kept me from appreciating what an intelligent and dedicated man he is. Having read The Restless Wav...