The Restless Wave by John McCain

The Restless Wave

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, ...

Details The Restless Wave

TitleThe Restless Wave
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, History, Biography Memoir

Reviews The Restless Wave

  • 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 why I don't really affiliate with any political party. I tend to vote the issues and the person, their characters, their experience. In this way over the years I have come to admire John McCain. I didn't agree with all his views, all his stances, bu...
  • 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 about Obama's decisions (understandable), and not very much to say about Trump (surprising). If you were a fan of John McCain then you will enjoy this book. I was a Republican since the 1970's until 2000 (then I became a Democrat) and I loved McCain ...
  • 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 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 seco...
  • 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 with differing views, I thought this would be a winner.It is a powerful historic resource given the incredible quantity of valuable information it presents based on the first-hand experiences McCain had with so many issues of global importance. And it ...
  • 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 governance is amazingly aligned with the founders and other great political thinkers. As a student governance in my sixth decade I can unequivocally say John McCain has the voice we should all hear. Politicians and citizens need to read this book and...
  • 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 John McCain. No matter what side you are on the political spectrum, McCain’s love of country is undeniable and shines through in what is most likely his last swan song. This frank 416-page book includes the following ten chapters: 1. No Surrender, 2...
  • Susan
    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.
  • 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 about me - it is about John McCain by John McCain, who is a very rare breed among Republicans. He is a true patriot of his country ( as he sees it) and the one who is always willing to shake hands across the political aisle for the betterment of his ...
  • Marilyn
    Holy cow, did he ever travel. I can understand why he needed fact checkers to help him with dates and places. This is a compendium of Senator McCains time in the Senate. He obviously relished and enjoyed the experience. Apropos of the Presidents visit to Finland, Senator McCain makes no bones about mistrusting Vladimir Putin and his goals. He also mistrusts the President and his America First agenda.This book could have made stronger with some ju...
  • Ronald Aylward
    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 rented from the library. Did not cost me anything.
  • Matt Heavner
    An interesting life - a good, broad look at the world from the view of McCain. A lot of explanation, but not an apologia. No regrets over Sara Palin. No love for Putin. Confusion about wtf is up with Trump. Interesting reflections on the Senate - with Kennedy, Udall, and others.
  • Pam Cipkowski
    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 are almost quaint, with tales of old-fashioned politicking. He’s a bit hard on Obama, but also shows his respect for him as well.I don’t have the head or the mind...
  • skip thurnauer
    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 believe our ideals inspire all mankind and that the international order we've overseen would improve peace, security, and prosperity for all. If you were to read no f...
  • Eric
    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 that it appears several turns of phrase were just too good, as variations of the same pull-quote appear repeatedly, becoming more embellished with each re-telling....
  • David Anthony Sam
    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 different. We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the Old one. Even in times of political...
  • JerryDeanHalleck
    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's political associates - you're out of luck. McCain mostly writes about McCain. How he felt, what he thought, were he went, and his views on politics and foreign policy. Hi...
  • Lynn
    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 speaks plainly about his experiences in the last few years and his upcoming death. His insight into Putin and Russia is invaluable as is his knowledge of Myanmar. He...
  • Carolyn Harper
    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, fidelity to his causes, and, most of all, his love for his country and his fellow Americans. I found it a little disjointed at times with a few errors the editors...
  • Ash Wilson
    “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. 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...
  • Leslie's Bookcase
    I did enjoy this book. I wrote about my takeaways here:
  • Eliz
    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 then adding some detail you get pages of details that prove he's right in his eye before you ever even approach what he was right about. It's about 40 percent before...
  • Fergie
    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 felt was best for America. In reading his latest memoir, THE RESTLESS WAVE, one can't help but get the sense that John McCain wants to give back to his country one last ...
  • Stephen Morrissey
    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 political salve. This book is obviously heartfelt, coming on the heels of Senator McCain's cancer diagnosis, revealing what he thinks his legacy will be. Whether you agree...
  • Phil
    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 read this without having an appreciation for the complexity of geo-politics in a post 9/11 world. And, you can't help but acknowledge that McCain is as knowledgeable as an...
  • Kim
    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 was hoping the book was going to be a personal memoir about his life, but it is largely political. McCain has a lot of negative things to say about Obama. I suppose I ...
  • Pat
    The subtitle of this 2018 book “Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” suggests that McCain’s book, written with his longtime aide and co-writer Mark Salter, would be a nostalgic look back at an event filled life, but it is much more than that. Chapter by chapter McCain describes in detail his participation in the complexities of governing and decision making. In doing so he provides a primer, never more needed than...
  • Dan Keefer
    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 wants to do is trash the subject and spout off about their own opinions without regard for the facts. Check out the reviews. Maybe in this case I'm wrong.Reviewer's C...
  • S.J. Tyson
    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 chapters, they are extremely long; there are only nine chapters in the entire book, which is almost 400 pages.) I don't agree with all his views politically, but that's...
  • Michael O'Leary
    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 is highly doubtful, but he is determined to enjoy his life to the very end. Once he is gone, America will be losing one of the last great politicians and statesmen....