John McCain: A Biography

John McCain: A Biography

by Elaine S. Povich


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A rebel and risk-taker from childhood, John McCain—son and grandson of admirals—nevertheless chose to follow the traditional path marked out for him in the military. Nearly six years in a North Vietnamese prison tested his resolve and proved his extraordinary resilience and will to survive. Coming to Congress, McCain found that making his way in politics demanded a different set of survival skills, and he grew accustomed to the corridors of power while striving to keep his independence. This lively biography traces McCain's unlikely ascent to the verge of attaining the nation's highest office while never ceasing to challenge himself and others to serve a cause greater than self-interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440835988
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Series: Greenwood Biographies
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 464,466
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

ELAINE S. POVICH is a freelance journalist and veteran Washington correspondent who has reported for Newsday and the Chicago Tribune, among other newspapers, and written feature articles for many magazines and journals, including Kiplinger's Retirement Report, the AARP Bulletin, and Fortune Small Business. The author of Nancy Pelosi: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2008), she is a member of the Gridiron Club and past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



Timeline of Events in the Life of John McCain

Chapter 1: Son and Grandson of Admirals

Chapter 2: Fifth from the Bottom: Annapolis

Chapter 3: Before Combat

Chapter 4: Vietnam

Chapter 5: Prisoner

Chapter 6: Coming Home to the U.S.A.

Chapter 7: Navy Senate Liaison

Chapter 8: Running for Congress

Chapter 9: Congressman

Chapter 10: In Barry Goldwaters Footsteps: Senator

Chapter 11: Loyalty and Politics

Chapter 12: The Keating Five Scandal

Chapter 13: Regaining His Reputation

Chapter 14: Vietnam Revisited

Chapter 15:Maverick

Chapter 16:Lighting in a Bottle: Running for President, 2000

Chapter 17:A Senator with Sway

Chapter 18: Running Again: Campaign 2008

Chapter 19:Mr. President?

Appendix I:Speeches by John McCain

Appendix II:U.S. Presidential Elections since 1860 (Major Candidates)

Selected Bibliography

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