Naval Academy midshipman to his grim experiences as a combat pilot and POW in Vietnam, where he was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for five and a half years.
If, as you're reading John McCain: An American Odyssey, you feel a sense of déjà vu, don't be alarmed-you may . Written at a time when John McCain was preparing for a presidential run in 2000, this book can hardly considered up to date
If, as you're reading John McCain: An American Odyssey, you feel a sense of déjà vu, don't be alarmed-you may very well have read this book before. Robert Timberg has extracted from his 1995 book The Nightingale's Song, which dealt with several Naval Academy graduates who went on to serve in Vietnam, those passages that involved Senator John McCain, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential elections. Written at a time when John McCain was preparing for a presidential run in 2000, this book can hardly considered up to date. Nevertheless, it paints a useful picture of the man who figures to be the Republican standard bearer in 2008.
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An American Odyssey" is by journalist Robert Timberg (Baltimore Sun), also a graduate of the Naval Academy but in a more recent year. The portrayal of McCain is sympathetic - military tradition of his family, distinguished service record, heroism as a prisoner of war, passion for doing what he thinks right. This is not a puff piece, however, and many incidents are related that show McCain in a less than a flattering light - disrespectful of authority, impulsive, lacking a clear sense of direction. I found this aspect of the book invaluable, as it provides a basis for evaluating the character flaws (terrible temper, broken by North Vietnamese captors, et. that critics have attributed to McCain.
If, as you're reading John McCain: An American Odyssey, you feel a sense of déjà vu, don't be alarmed-you may very well have read this book before.
Senate - Biography, McCain, John, 1936-, United States. Portions of the book were previously published in The nightingale's song by Robert Timberg. Senate, United States Naval Academy - Biography, United States Naval Academy, Legislators - United States - Biography. 1995"-Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-227) and index.
Robert Richard "Bob" Timberg (June 16, 1940 – September 6, 2016) was an American journalist, writer, and author of four books, including The Nightingale's Song. Timberg was raised in the New York City area. His father was musician and. His father was musician and composer Sammy Timberg. He received his college education at the United States Naval Academy and his journalism degree at Stanford University. He served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam from March 1966 to February 1967.
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