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Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain Paperback – June 23, 2008

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Praise for Man of the People

"Among the many legends who have made America great stands John McCain. Man of the People, Revised and Updated lyrically tells his quintessentially American story: a seemingly ordinary man doing extraordinarily heroic and selfless things—out of a pure devotion to his country. This dynamic biography shows why it's easy to imagine him among the ranks of Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan, who led America with such daring and wisdom. McCain's life is so organically American, so true to the legacies of the leaders who preceded him, that the greatest chapter of his story is still to be written."
Monica Crowley, panelist, The McLaughlin Group; host, The Monica Crowley Show

"John McCain is a real man. By that I mean he has faults and weaknesses like anybody else. But he has supplemented those with a ferocious courage and intensity. Paul Alexander brings McCain's life to life in a way the reader will never forget."
Bill O'Reilly, anchor, The O'Reilly Factor

"Man of the People, Revised and Updated is nothing short of the definitive text on what makes John McCain tick. The complexity of this man is not well understood—unless you read this book. Alexander's must-read chapter on the infamous 2000 South Carolina primary—'The Dirtiest Race I've Ever Seen'—is the most comprehensive telling to date of that sad moment in our politics."
Craig Crawford, Washington journalist, cqpolitics.com

"If I were looking for a politician to clean the corporate pigsty, it would be John McCain. In Man of the People, Paul Alexander artfully captures the drive, the integrity, and the tenacity that make John McCain such a one-of-a-kind politician." - Arianna Huffington, cofounder and Editor in Chief, The Huffington Post

About the Author

Paul Alexander is a journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Nation, and the Guardian. A former reporter for Time magazine, Alexander is the author of the original edition of Man of the People, as well as biographies of James Dean, Sylvia Plath, and most recently, J.D. Salinger. He has written about McCain for Men's Journal, Best Life, Biography, and Rolling Stone.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470390700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470390702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,810,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sandy Frazier on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
The most comprehensive McCain biography available, Paul Alexander's MAN OF THE PEOPLE: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain paints a balanced, thoughtful portrait of the man who may be the next President of the United States. Readers, regardless of their political persuasions, will find MAN OF THE PEOPLE a must-read during a Presidential campaign that will clearly be a watershed in American politics and history.

Much of the controversy surrounding John McCain, argues Alexander, is owing to the fact that McCain is a centrist. In his overall political agenda, McCain can be seen as progressive on some issues, conservative on others. In foreign policy, he is neither an isolationist nor one who endorses nation-building. His acknowledgement of the importance of the global community of nations suggests he is less likely to pursue a unilateralism that can spell disaster - the type of unilateralism that drove the Bush administration's war in Iraq.

On the environment, McCain has evolved as a progressive. A skeptic about global warming when he first arrived in Congress, he has evolved over time to become one of the most ardent proponents of initiatives to protect the environment.

On social issues, he has proved harder to define. He has been a steadfast defender of the right to life, yet has repeatedly said he is not in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. On gay issues, he continues to support "don't ask, don't tell" and opposes gay marriage. Yet he also attacked the Federal Marriage Amendment, a cornerstone of President Bush's reelection platform in 2004.

On fiscal issues, he has proved himself to be a conservative - at least to a point. He endorses the fundamental tenet of fiscal conservatism, which says spend only what you have.
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Okay, I haven't read the book, but just listening to this guy being interviewed is painful enough. He's a Hillary Clinton supporter who claims to be a lifelong democrat, yet he'll only vote for Obama if Clinton is on the ticket, otherwise he'll vote for McCain. He sounds like a very bitter Hillbot who only wrote the book to take votes away from Obama. I can't imagine him thinking he'd be successful. I feel sorry for people like this. They should all just move to Kansas and cry on each other's shoulders 24/7.
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I was disappointed in this book. It was clearly written as a "fan book" to support those who already are supporters of John McCain. While it does cover some of the less positive aspects of McCain's life, they are glossed over and put in the most positive light. That wouldn't be so bad but it really isn't a well written book. There are many events in McCain's life that are mentioned without any real context or follow-up. For example, there is a paragraph on a dinner meeting where McCain expresses an opinion on the troubles in Northern Ireland. There is no context for this or explanation for why this is important. This is the only mention of this issue in the entire book. Why include it then? This happens over and over in the book. The author rambles over many apparently unconnected issues/events to include legislative initiatives mentioned without indicating their ultimate resolution.

If you are looking for a superficial, quick overview of McCain's life, this book covers the basics. If you are looking for a serious examination of McCain's life and political career with a goal of understanding the context of his accomplishments and failures, then I would suggest looking for another book.
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