The Restless Wave by John McCain & Mark Salter

The Restless Wave

By John McCain & Mark Salter

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3
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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.


  • Worst Autobiography ever!!!

    By Mavrix79
    I cant believe the drivel that came out of this book.
  • Dismal

    By ANG JAG
    Conservative Republican turned liberal obstructionist! Nothing to see or read here.
  • I fear this memoir will only be appreciated in 50+ years

    By BiggieBry
    If there still exists a United States then. Forget the Trumpian-Trolls smearing this patriot. The vast majority can’t read anyway. McCain does mention Mr. Trump; but not as the cause of today’s “scorched-earth America,” but rather the result. He makes the case (convincingly) that the chasm we currently occupy isn’t the fault of either party - but the fact that (save a few exceptions) WE have elected candidates that occupy the far, fringe left and right. The centrists have disappeared, and making concessions in order to find common ground is met with scorn by voters at large. The “Governing Wings” (toward the center) of both parties used to pass legislation and compromise in order to improve our country, and it is dead. He points out that today we get our news from the channel we’re in agreement with and if facts get in the way of what we fundamentally believe we stick our fingers in our ears and decry it to be “FAKE , FAKE, FAKE.” McCain strikes a somber, sober tone and might well be the last politician who doesn’t let ideologically perfect ideals prevent progress. I live in AZ and he will be missed. Mr. Trump’s attacks on the man show what a bully and fool he is.
  • 5 STAR GENERAL times TEN! 🙌🏼🎖🥁

    By GBMV6Speed
    Hello 👋 Who am I? Some 33 year old kid who thinks he can make a difference by himself, change the world, make it a better place. Have I? We’ll see. Will people know about it? Maybe. Maybe not. But what I know about John McCain (very little), I’ve learned from news outlets (nothing too significant other than the obvious) — a politician. All that is about to change. A rookie GovCon competitor, I have entered the arena, been chewed up, and spit out. Barely alive at that. Frantic and desperate to make careful decisions, I find myself in need of reassurance and comfort. Having read the Apple News article announcing the book , comfort is what I have found in anticipation of this book’s release. Having been moved to tears and emotion by speeches I’ve listed to / watched recently on YouTube, I can’t help but adamantly believe that more sincere, honest, respectful words have have NOT been spoken / written by another author. I’m not a reader, and have never claimed to be. But boy, oh! boy, I can’t wait to read this book. Sincerest, Gustavo B. Valadao Your newest fan :)