From the Naval Academy to the POW camps of Vietnam to Capitol Hill and possibly to the White House — one of America’s most remarkable men
In 1998, at the dedication of the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia, former Attorney General Griffin Bell, a Democrat, introduced Senator John McCain, the featured speaker and a Republican, with these words: “We often hear people now say, where are our heroes, where have all our heroes gone? Well, Senator McCain is an authentic, living American hero.”
So begins Robert Timberg’s gripping and penetrating biography of Senator John McCain, the man who may someday be President of the United States. In John McCain: An American Odyssey, Timberg provides a riveting account of McCain’s remarkable life — from his rambunctious childhood and his madcap escapades as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman to his grim experiences as a combat pilot and POW in Vietnam, where he was held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for five and a half years. Most importantly, the author illuminates Senator McCain’s postwar evolution into one of our country’s most distinguished political leaders and a formidable presidential candidate. Inspired by the success of The Nightingale’s Song (selected by The New York Times as a “Notable Book of the Year” in 1995 and by Time as one of that year’s five best nonfiction books), John McCain: An American Odyssey probes more deeply into the life of this hugely colorful, straight-talking American original. It is a rich and captivating portrait of one of America’s most fascinating and provocative public figures — a man who has captured the imagination of millions of Americans and who will continue to be a most prominent figure on the American political landscape.
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners-of-war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators