The Restless Wave - John McCain & Mark Salter

The Restless Wave

By John McCain & Mark Salter

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 3.5
From 55 Ratings


In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life—and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.

The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.


  • Civility and Compromise

    By Jeffro an American
    Senator McCain was really able to explain and break down things that he was involved in during his time in the service and the Senate. I truly believe as he does that as Americans we have more in common than we have different. I hope as he does that we can get back to being civil to each other even if we disagree on different issues.
  • Wright

    By Fran the grandma
    Don’t have to read the book to know he is a Rhino...
  • People like him have defined America

    By KidnyMD
    America is great because of great people like John Mccain. Shame on those who call him a traitor. One of the icons that has risen above the petty politics and stood up for the greater good of the country. One of the finest books I have read.
  • Horrible

    By Ford_2005
    Traitor to this great nation, just because he hates trump.
  • Beautiful

    By Long legion
    I am a Democrat.......from way back a couple years ago when parties worked together to make “America Great”. It’s no longer that way. John McCain comments on this as well as his personal successes and failures. John McClain, one of the few true gentlemen of either party left in politics. MA beautifully written memoir/educational text. An honest, sincere man and a hero. I wish he had of been president instead of what we have ended up with in 2016. I am afraid he is a dying breed. Our politics are changing rapidly and not for the better. People are too quickly judged and dismissed by which party they belong. We have a President hell bent on dividing us and confounding our proported allies. God help us or our Democracy will be delegated to the dust bin of history.
  • Addrzdrddd

    By Spider14
    I JrFoundation ok
  • Must be a work of Fiction

    By rickf1799
    Any book about this traitor has to be PURE fiction.
  • I read the book...

    By Patquan
    I was disappointed. I expected McCain to inspire and he did not. He’s become a bitter, angry old and dying man and I am sad this will be his legacy. I once admired him. I campaigned for him. It’s a year of my life I won’t get back. I do admit I didn’t finish the book. I felt cheated.
  • Don’t waste your money

    By RoughTerrain27
    This is a revisionist memoir written by a genuine military hero, who turned into an opportunistic bottom feeder.
  • Unbelievable

    By Tad Banyon
    Well we finally got what weve been trying so hard to achieve for so many years: government as dictated by the stupidest. The wealthy elitist Hannity (who pretends to be against everything he himself is) and other Fox provocateurs have convinced their audience of the simple-minded that the way to make America great is by rejecting everything we did to become great in the first place. Throw away truth, throw away the rule of law, forget science and knowledge and let conspiracy theories lead us into the future. “Drain the swamp” by creating a new, bigger swamp, much slimier than the previous one. So now we have people trashing a book by an actual hero because he doesnt grovel at the feet of a guy whose entire life has been spent lying about his accomplishments and cheating one system after another. Wekve finally tapped the votes— with the assistance of our enemies— of the conspiracy minded celebrity worshipper, in which the only thing thats true is any of the thousands of lies told every day to protect the weak ego of a small bully. Someday, fortunately, The Stupid will die off and a younger, smarter generation can start to slowly repair the damage. And in 100 years kids will be reading about the worsr president America ever had and the weak Republican congress too afraid to do their jobs. And they”ll say, how? That could never happen again. Lets pray theyre right. Good book by a great man who soent a lifetime focused on others, trashed by people who have a crush on a man who spent a lifetime focused solely on himself.