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ISBN: 068486794X
Author: Robert Timberg
Language: English
Publisher: Fireside (August 17, 1999)
Pages: 240
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 615
Size Fb2: 1732 kb
Size ePub: 1674 kb
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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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Focuses on the senator's Naval Academy education, his years as a POW during the Vietnam war, and his presidential bid

Comments:

Seevinev
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. If a better biography (leaving aside McCain's memoir) is available, I am not aware of it.

"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. No wonder that so many people who crossed paths with McCain remember him with affection and respect.

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, etc.) that critics have attributed to McCain.

Timberg's conclusion: here is a man with flaws, no "early bloomer" for sure, but when the chips were down he did far better than most of us would have done. Crucially, McCain emerged from the dark days of the Vietnam War with a determination to look ahead rather than wasting the rest of his life in anger and regret.

My recommendation: read the book and decide whether you agree.
RUL
it is OK, I am not sure how accurate it is, seems to down play some of the things I have read about John Mc Cain. I will have to do some more research to form a more credible opinion.
Yainai
What more can be said? John McCain makes me proud to be an American.

Margaret Marshall Rhyne, Remembering Alexis, Finding Perspective in Love and Loss
Iell
I first became acquainted with John McCain upon reading a December 1982 Reader's Digest article entitled "Joyful and Triumphant" which of course is from the Christmas Hymn "O, Come all ye Faithful". He wrote about a Christmas service which he led, (Bud Day nominated him chaplain for the evening), for the two dozen American prisoners gathered together for a Christmas eve service in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have the entire article somewhere in my apartment which I've saved all these years. I've followed his career all these years, and he's never disappointed me. Would have voted for him in 2000 even when I considered myself a diehard Democrat. I'm an Independent now.

This book is a great one to start with if you know absolutely nothing about Senator John McCain. The author is a former marine who did a tour in Vietnam in 1966-1967. He first wrote this book in the 90's, some years before Senator McCain started his first bid for the Presidency. I had many laughs reading this book, particularly when I found out what "IHTFP", the title of one of his chapters, stood for. Students at the Naval Academy used this anacronym when referring to their school . It stands for "I hate the f'in place!" I also got a laugh reading about a slip of the tongue McCain had when campaigning for his Arizona Senate seat early in his senate career. He referred to an Arizona retirement community as "Seizure World" instead of Leisure World. He is probably THE ONLY person in U.S. history to get away with such a gaffe and still win an election!

I will continue to hunt for that Reader's Digest article; I have it on hand somewhere-don't throw stuff like that away. For years I had it in my bible along with other articles, poems, mementos. One year, on reformation day or all Saint's day, November 1, I removed them from my bible in what I thought at the time was a symbolic gesture! That article can also be found "The best of Christmas in my heart" by Joe Wheeler which came out a year ago.

I also haven't trashed an email I got a year or so ago from another Naval Academy grad, Roger Staubach, also a McCain 2008 supporter. (My mother was the HUGEST Dallas Cowboys fan, Tom Landry fan, Roger Staubach fan, for decades, when they were losing, long before they'd even come close to winning a super bowl)!

He may be Arizona's Senator, but I claim him too. I think this country will be sorry that he didn't get elected to the most powerful country in the world. That's what I predict. Mark my words.
FireWater
Love him or hate him, John McCain is one of the most interesting and provocative public figures in America today. This book, by Robert Timberg, does a nice job of introducing McCain to the voting public, much of which knows little about this presidential candidate. Timberg's book is short - you can read it in a day - but it is surprisingly deep and well-researched. Timberg's judgement of McCain is positive, although not gushy. You will come away from this book not only with a better understanding of Senator McCain but a better appreciation of his positive impact on our country.
Phenade
This is a book which i have had on my bookshelf for 5 years, and have not read until this past month. Mccain is the man i will vote for president, so it was about time i read. It is not a great literary read however i have learned much about this man and my respect for him has grown. Of course since this book was written in advance of his 2000 campaign I would reccomend one of his more updated books.
monotronik
An excellent objective account of John McCain. I was looking for as unbiased book on this presidential hopeful as possible. I found it in this book. Although somewhat biased myself, I appreciated the candid remarks about his renegade attitude and well publicized short temper. I firmly believe that this book will help one form his/her own opinion of McCain rather than attempt to lead you in one direction or another. If nothing else, after reading this book, you will surely walk away with an appreciation if not admiration for what John McCain went through as a 5 1/2 year POW in Viet Nam.

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