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Little known outside Arizona, McCain gained prominence when he broke from the Republican leadership and still came close to earning his party's nomination for the presidency in 2000. Derailed by George Bush (whose lieutenants, one of Drew's interviewees remarks, fought "the dirtiest, nastiest campaign I've ever seen"), McCain struck out against entrenched, big-money interests, earning plenty of enemies on Capitol Hill and plenty of admirers outside the Beltway. Drew gives us a day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour account of McCain's courtly but tough battle, fought with handshakes here, cajoling there, and shrewd calculation everywhere.
Readers wanting to know how things really get done in Washington have a fine guide in Drew, and admirers of McCain will find still more reasons to respect him after watching him in combat. --Gregory McNamee
Here you can see a glowing report of John W. McCain in 2002 surrounded by several of the GOP sharks who have since resigned in disgrace, such as Dick Armey, The Hammer DeLay and of... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Love Thy.Enemy
The title suggested an independent view of the life and accomplishments of Senator McCain, which would have been important for the November 4 election. But this is not the case. Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by E. Rodin MD
As the 2008 election season ripens, this six-year old "classic" will give you an extra interesting angle on one of the presidential candidates, and maybe future President of the... Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by G. Stelzenmuller
I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers and say that there is too much admiration in this book for Senator McCain. Read morePublished on November 20, 2006 by Kevin M Quigg
I just finished this book, and I really don't see any point at all. This book was just a meandering tale with McCain at the center, shedding no light on him as a private or public... Read morePublished on March 27, 2003
John McCain is the new Don Quixote of American politics -- honest, decent, committed and innocent; a political virgin in a pleasure dome where most of the residents are... Read morePublished on March 2, 2003 by Theodore A. Rushton
John McCain is not only important, he is chronically interesting as well, whether running a campaign or plotting legislative strategy. Read morePublished on June 13, 2002