Faith of My Fathers(2000) by John McCainmade a splash when it was originally published, but nothing to compare to The Audacity of Hope. On the other hand, Barack Obama’s book has yet to be turned into a TV Movieso I guess that means that John McCain, by the Kevin Bacon rule, has closer connections to Barbra Streisand than Obama.
What I didn’t know when I set out to find Scathing Book Reviews of John McCain’s book would be that McCain has written at least FIVE books, with the “co-author” Mark Salter, including:
- Worth the Fighting For (2002)
- Why Courage Matters (2004)
- Character is Destiny – Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know (2006)
- Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions (2008 )
Looking over that list, I can guess what McCain did with all the campaign slogans he didn’t use. Anyway, who would’ve thought McCain would be outpacing Obama in the book writing category? Here are some Scathing Book Reviews of John McCain books that indicate practice doesn’t make perfect:
Faith of My Fathers
Another reason as to why I did not like this book was the fact that he can write an entire chapter about what he did to occupy his time in solitary confinement. That entire chapter was torture; probably worse than what he was going through.
The real shame in ‘Faith of My Fathers’ is that McCain was involved at all; Salter’s efforts clearly demonstrate the ghostwriter’s skill, whereas J.M. has merely phoned in his oft-championed ‘trials and tribulations.’
…and this from a Howard Zinn fan, no doubt:
Bombing civilians and childern is one way to become a hero in an imperialist nation, and McCain’s name is at the top of the list when we see how these parasites of society use any opportunity to feed at the through of government. The real crime is that McCain is not still in a Vietnamese prison serving the life sentence he so richly deserves.
…and here’s a review that isn’t scathing, but worth reading:
Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions
APPARENTLY, THE AUTHOR THINKS HARD DECISIONS ARE ONLY MADE BY MEN. HE HAS 17 ‘MEN’ STORIES, TWO WOMEN STORIES AND YET THE TITLE IMPLIES HIS BOOK IS ABOUT ‘PEOPLE’; WELL, IN MY WORLD, WOMEN MAKE HARD DECISIONS EVERY DAY AND WE’RE PEOPLE TOO.
Why Courage Matters
…and the obligatory political comment:
..and finally, from the “Amazon is my soapbox” crowd:
Character is Destiny
I hereby publicly condemn John’s snivelling subliminal psywar campaigns. In doing so, I publicly proclaim that he likes to seem smarter than he really is. It therefore always amuses me whenever John cracks open a thesaurus, aims for intellectualism, misses, and lands squarely in a puddle of brutish frippery.
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