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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 26, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001EY6XCK
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McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain Audible – Unabridged
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"The essay quite specifically concerns a couple weeks in February, 2000, and the situation of both McCain [and] national politics in those couple weeks. It is heavily context-dependent. And that context now seems a long, long, long time ago. McCain himself has obviously changed; his flipperoos and weaselings on Roe v. Wade, campaign finance, the toxicity of lobbyists, Iraq timetables, etc. are just some of what make him a less interesting, more depressing political figure now--for me, at least. It's all understandable, of course--he's the GOP nominee now, not an insurgent maverick. Understandable, but depressing. As part of the essay talks about, there's an enormous difference between running an insurgent Hail-Mary-type longshot campaign and being a viable candidate (it was right around New Hampshire in 2000 that McCain began to change from the former to the latter), and there are some deep, really rather troubling questions about whether serious honor and candor and principle remain possible for someone who wants to really maybe win. I wouldn't take back anything that got said in that essay, but I'd want a reader to keep the time and context very much in mind on every page."
By turns it's uncomfortably funny and fascinating, and it paints a portrait of McCain that's remarkably insightful in the light of the recent campaign. It's DFW at the top of his nonfiction game.
I couldn't understand why a self and media described "Maverick" would make such ordinary campaign driven decisions.
After reading this book I think I have a better understanding of the mechanics of A Campaign, and better a understanding into McCain psyche.
Oddly enough David Foster Wallace, throughout the book up to (and included) the end remains ambivalent and ambiguous about the "real McCain."
But to me this ambiguity and ambivalence is the REAL McCain. "A man is a thing of many divisions" (LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny.)
McCain is a complex man, who's base is of a Hero, ornery individual.
McCain is also a politician with the ambitions and desires that come part and parcel with.
Any politician worth his salt and his voter confidence have to compromise, for a politician that do not wheal and deal will not achieve and deliver.
And here is, what I think, hobbled McCain in both campaigns, most everybody agree about him being basically an honest person. Wallace also cite anonymous personage assigning shrewdness and calculating to McCain. But rarely do you hear people praise his decision making. And it appears that too often when McCain needed to make judgment call, he fumbled.
Wallace in his book manages to give us a good picture of all those sides of McCain, and as a truly gifted writer let us come to the conclusion on our own.
It's fun and accessible, and like much of Wallace's nonfiction, feels like a good story from a friend who's very clever but more than a bit inept human interaction, but who's ultimately very sweet and humble and compassionate.
Interestingly, it doesn't really try to make a political point in a conventional sense, but rather spends its time looking at the way campaigns are structured and run and how fundamentally ridiculous and wasteful the whole system is, then moves to discussing the interplay of authenticity and advertising in our modern age. It's endlessly fascinating, even fourteen years later, since the focus on large social/political issues instead of partisan ones makes the individual setting more interesting and timeless.
It's definitely worth reading, both for Wallace fans, and those of us who just like engaging long-form journalism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only useful part of this book is the last 10 pages. The rest is rambling, ridiculous nonsense and vulgar at that!Published 16 months ago by Marie
there is a hole that goes through the last 10 pages of my book. didn't read the book yet though.Published on March 6, 2013 by myjang
Looking back after the Bush II and Obama administrations, it might be hard to imagine why there would be something promising about McCain or why he would be the subject of a... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Chris
Don't expect a boring analysis of the McCain campaign trial. Wallace is neither supporting or opposing the McCain campaign of 2000. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by t
I have yet to read the book, but the condition looks pretty much brand new and it arrive during the predicted time. It was also reasonably priced.Published on May 9, 2011 by Sylvia Espinoza
...this essay, wonderful as it is, is a little outdated and, now, some of the things that DFW has written about mccain are patently false (eg: being locked in a box in the hanoi... Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Mare
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