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Biography: John McCain (2008)

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  • Actors: John McCain
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018C705W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The son and grandson of four-star admirals, navy pilot John McCain was shot down in 1967 while flying a bombing mission over Hanoi. A POW at the infamous Hanoi Hilton, he was released in 1973. In 1981, he moved to Phoenix and entered politics. Join us as we examine just how far up the political ladder this maverick U.S. Senator will climb.

Produced and broadcast on cable television before Arizona senator John McCain announced he was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential race, Biography: John McCain told the warts-and-all story of McCain's life and political career. The familiar chapters are all here, including the struggle between McCain's destiny--as the son and grandson of elite military officers--to serve in the armed forces with distinction and his more naturally wild and devil-may-care attitude. (McCain graduated from Annapolis fifth from the bottom of his class.) The womanizing and rebellious McCain ultimately married and flew missions dropping bombs over Hanoi, the latter resulting in his five-and-a-half years as a prisoner-of-war, enduring many hardships and constant torture. The familiar newsreel footage of a shaken McCain in captivity belies the terrible conditions he withstood when the propaganda cameras weren't rolling. When that harrowing part of McCain's story finally ends, Biography examines in fascinating detail the ups and downs of his political life, establishing a reputation as a party maverick but taking his lumps, too, with the Keating scandal. Along the way, McCain's natural honor and impish humor always shine through. On the other hand, one does get a glimpse or two of his legendary impatience and temper, chalked up to a Vietnam experience that taught McCain not to waste time and opportunity. Biography: John McCain includes a short coda updating the original program with facts and details about McCain's campaign for the 2008 race. --Tom Keogh

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good thing Sarah Palin changed my vote. February 13, 2011
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I always held John McCain in high regards. He even had my vote until he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. Then I decided once more not to waste my vote since neither McCain's Vice President nor Barrack Obama felt right for the highest office in the land. After seeing this Bio, I think I might have changed my mind sooner. There were alot of things presented in this bio that I did not know McCain had previously done. People can call him a war hero all they want. But he is little better than John Carrey. If I had seen this video sooner, it would not have changed my vote (considering I did not vote) bet it would have my mind up faster.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well.... October 25, 2008
I watch this to make myself an opinion as I am an "undecided" voter.

Definitely, John McCain should be regarded as war hero. No doubt about that.

I am not so sure about is political capabilities. The president of the United States cannot be elected based on sympathy and what he endured in Vietnam.

Watching this documentary, I cannot see what change he can make to the US.

A legend for the US army, but not presidential material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John McCain - Bio: Fascinatiion And Well Done! April 4, 2011
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John McCain - Bio. I stumbled upon this on-sale. I must admit - I met his daughter Meghan McCain - when John was running for president. She was very down to earth and friendly. I don't particularly follow politics - so it was a bit out of character for me to watch a DVD about a politician. The whole thing was insightful. Amazing - I did not know John had been a fighter pilot or about a horrific accident on the carrier he served. - All he went through.
Being a P.O.W. and some candid remarks he makes of moments he is not proud of in his life (but learned from).
I recommend this documentary!!
Scott MacNeil
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was really good! March 4, 2009
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This had good Information but he had two wife's which I don't agree with but the Information is still very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars John McCain September 29, 2008
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Very good description of a great man!!!! What we need in this country in this time were values and principles have deteriorated. OBAMA BIN LADIN suffers by comparison.

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