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 contingenc...

Details The Restless Wave

TitleThe Restless Wave
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Biography, History, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir, Government, Audiobook

Reviews The Restless Wave

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Roger Smitter
    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 “ 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 presidency (p. 67). He spoke bluntly about that about many issues, including the killing of Bin Laden (p. 98). Perhaps the most powerful example of his insights and...
  • 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 ...
  • Alex O'Donnell
    I enjoyed reading this book. It starts out slow, but after the first couple chapters, it picks up and becomes quite a nice read. A significant chunk of this book is dedicated to foreign policy -unsurprisingly considering the author. Out of all the sections, this part is the best, but throughout the book he makes some excellent points, including a spirited defense of immigration reform. Overall, the book places John McCain into context with both h...
  • Joseph J.
    The title says it all. John McCain looks back at the 2008 election and his true choice for vice president, Democrat Joe Lieberman. He recounts his selection of Sarah Palin, and his encounter with that white haired woman fearing the "Arab" Obama. He cannot forgive the strong campaign words of Rep. John Lewis-a man McCain admires-against McCain in the heat of an election. Looking back he recounts his meeting with a victim of CIA sponsored torture. ...
  • 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...
  • John Mchugh
    I was quite taken by the first and last chapters. More about details about Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular, than I needed to know. But hardly a surprise coming from a foreign policy guy and the head of the Armed Services Committee. Never bought a variety of things McCain was selling from time to time. But he is most certainly a stand-up guy, in good company with two stand-up women in the Senate - Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Pol...
  • Frances Supernaw
    Starting this book ,with his presidential race against Obama,and his defeat, his ability to accept it,with such grace, and continue on with his work in the senate. He writes of his fellow congressmen with such respect, in both parties.Fighting the good fight (with and against). His interest and expertise on foreign affairs, his respect for the men in the armed services. I feel this is a wonderful book, a very thoughtful good bye by a true America...
  • Michael Spitzer
    On the whole, the book has many great passages and nuggets that make it worth the read. There is, in my view, too much detail at times and the writing is a little unstructured, but this isn’t surprising for a book that was justifiably written hastily. It is still nice to read an unabashed perspective from someone who has such strong principles and such deep knowledge of foreign affairs. And although I do not agree with many of McCain’s views,...
  • Nicola
    The late political career of John McCain. Many warnings not to trust the likes of Syria, Iran, Iraq and or course the ultimate villain, Russia. Not as much about the man himself. It was interesting to read his opinions on Obama, his pleas for a bipartisan approach to politics. He played it safe with views on the current administration and was always striving to take take the high road - America is great, we are a great nation. This made it a less...
  • George Stoddard
    I listened to this book on Audible. It was a moving and meaningful experience. Senator McCain is a politician with whom I disagree on occasion, but he is a man I have deep respect for particularly during this time when our politics have become so distressing. It was refreshing to listen to the reading by Beau Bridges and to be able to recall the times past when our political system functioned, imperfectly, but with the interests of the nation and...
  • Darlene Ferland
    Senator John McCain is an American hero!!! Reading this book Had me laughing and crying. He tells the story of his life and, more importantly, the last few years. As a Republican, he has been hurt by the lewd, misinformation, tweets and other things that surround Donald Trump. I would suggest that everyone take the time to read his book. Whatever party you belong to, this man needs to be heard. I want to thank him for loving this country and 40 o...
  • Jeanne
    I find John McCain an admirable person and wanted to know more. I have read a previous biography of his and wanted to read this biography that is told in his own voice about his later years. I did find a couple of chapters cumbersome (due to subject matter) but still informative. He clarified numerous situations I had read and/or heard about. This book leaves you inspired to be a moral person and more involved in government.
  • Josh Silva
    Good book, though McCain at times drags on about his belief in liberal internationalism and foreign policy. I would have liked to hear him describe his experiences in the Senate more, though insights he gives regarding his 2008 presidential run and his work on various immigration reform bills are fascinating.
  • Geoffrey Kelley
    A faithful account of Senator McCain's Life in the American Senate with heavy emphasis on foreign policy and his many fact-finding missions abroad. His independent spirit, is devotion to American ideals, and his firm commitment that compromise is an essential ingredient for our politics stand in refreshing contrast to the hyper-partisan climate found in many legislatures today.
  • Rita
    Audible. John a McCain did not read the entire book, but Beau Bridges was a good narrator. McCain’s book is a testament to a life well lived. He writes this as he fights cancer and this seems to give him a very open dialog on life and politics. It delves into our wars in the Mideast and politics in general. The ending was heartwarming. An American hero no matter what your politics,
  • Daniel Mount
    The book is not focused. Most of it feels scattered and random. Even the largely unrelated chapters are not especially focused on their topics; they will contain rambling ten-plus-page asides. But the concluding two chapters are personal, focused, and moving.
  • Deborah Cleaves
    A struggle to read.A conglomeration of minutiae relating irrelevancies that are not of interest to this reader. Interspersed are occasional interesting reveals that show us McCain. I just wish the reader had less chaff to sift through.
  • Mary Ann
    A very thoughtful memoir and, typical of McCain, not a pity party. He doesn't even write directly about his terrible illness until the final chapters. The book is worth reading for the chapters on torture, Russia, and China alone. I may write more later.
  • Amy Koch
    What a lovely book! I don’t generally agree with the Senator’s political positions, but now more fully appreciate the thought behind them. And the end of this book is very poignant. Good man. Good book.
  • Dan Muething
    Some chapters were 2 stars- getting a little preachy/ self-promoting, but others, especially the last ones were 4+ stars, teaching me a lot about foreign relations matters and presenting good self-reflection and reflection on the state of politics as a whole.
  • Chris Carson
    Patriot and a genuine American hero. His thoughtful book is a great gift as he continues to fight his toughest battle yet. Thankful for his non-partisan approach to his work, his spot on criticism of Presidents past and present and his love for American history and our great country.
  • JoAnn
    I enjoyed reading Sen. McCain's analysis of issues he has faced during his long career of public service as he faces a grave illness. I have disagreed with many of his political stands over the years, but I have never doubted his love of this country. An interesting read for fans of politics and history.