Faith of My Fathers

Faith of My Fathers

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John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in the United States government, but his deeply felt memoir of family and war is not a political one and ends before his election to Congress. With candor and ennobling power, McCain tells a story that, in the words of Newsweek, "makes the other presidential candidates look like pygmies."
        
John McCain learned about life and honor from his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. This is a memoir about their lives, their heroism, and the ways that sons are shaped and enriched by their fathers.
        
John McCain's grandfather was a gaunt, hawk-faced man known as Slew by his fellow officers and, affectionately, as Popeye by the sailors who served under him. McCain Sr. played the horses, drank bourbon and water, and rolled his own cigarettes with one hand. More significant, he was one of the navy's greatest commanders, and led the strongest aircraft carrier force of the Third Fleet in key battles during World War II.
        
John McCain's father followed a similar path, equally distinguished by heroic service in the navy, as a submarine commander during World War II. McCain Jr. was a slightly built man, but like his father, he earned the respect and affection of his men. He, too, rose to the rank of four-star admiral, making the McCains the first family in American history to achieve that distinction. McCain Jr.'s final assignment was as commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific during the Vietnam War.
        
It was in the Vietnam War that John McCain III faced the most difficult challenge of his life. A naval aviator, he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and seriously injured. When Vietnamese military officers realized he was the son of a top commander, they offered McCain early release in an effort to embarrass the United States. Acting from a sense of honor taught him by his father and the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain refused the offer. He was tortured, held in solitary confinement, and imprisoned for five and a half years.
                
Faith of My Fathers is about what McCain learned from his grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to survive those hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers shows us, with great feeling and appreciation, what fathers give to their sons, and what endures.

Baker & Taylor
In a family memoir, the Navy veteran and U.S. senator describes the military careers of his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals, his own experiences as a POW in Vietnam, and his political career, examining the relationship between fathers and sons and how it shaped his feelings about honor. 12,500 first printing. (Biography).

Baker
& Taylor

The author describes the military careers of his grandfather and father, his own experiences as a POW in Vietnam, and his political career

Publisher: New York ; Random House Large Print, c1999
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780375408472
0375408479
Characteristics: xiv, 543 p. (large print) : ports. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Salter, Mark

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MplsTA
Apr 09, 2017

I enjoyed reading the history of the McCain men in the military which the first half of this book describes, but the last half of the book covering John McCain's military career and subsequent POW experience was much more compelling.

Although he gave a quite a few details about his time in a Vietnam POW camp, I would have liked more of the book devoted to that topic rather than his partying while in military schooling and as a young soldier.

There is no doubt that he is a hero along with all those who were in the same circumstances as POWs. I would have liked to know more about his experiences in Vietnam and what it took for McCain and his military brothers to survive (both physically and mentally) as captives.

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StarGladiator
Feb 22, 2015

I don't know. Having served in several branches of the military during war times, I've learned not to accept such stories at face value. The only two things I'm certain of: (1) John McCain's daddy was the cover-up specialist who smoothed over the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, when US sailors were killed [I personally call such actions treasonous]; and, (2) John McCain sure has written an awful lot of books considering his combat record lasted less than two whole hours before being shot down and captured!
Now Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor recipient, wasn't awarded it for being a POW in the Korean War, but because of his heroic actions before being captured, that was why he was a war hero, as was Alvin York and Audie Murphy, but I would never call McCain a war hero! I would also call Eugene B. Dinkin a hero, but few will ever understand his sacrifice, and ditto for Abraham Bolden.

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SuperJay
Jul 13, 2013

John McCain tells his story of being a prisoner of war (POW)...Very patriot, moving, and sincere. A wonderful piece. I recommend it!

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fazybones
Mar 09, 2013

You may not agree with his politics and I couldn't help but admire his inner strength and extreme toughness to endure years in the Hanoi Hilton as a POW of the cruel and brutal NVA. Highly Recommended!!

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