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, 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
ISBN:9781501178009
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About John McCain

John Sidney McCain III is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican candidate in the 2008 United States Presidential Election.


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

  • 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 ...

  • Peter Tillman

    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 [...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 conscio...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 injec...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...