Senator John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t done putting President Trump in his place.
At age 81 and in ill-health, McCain is writing another memoir which has just been expanded to include not just the so-called maverick’s life and career since he lost his run for president in 2008, but also his candid views about Trump, the 2016 election and what the Arizonian has called Trump’s “half-baked, spurious nationalism.”
McCain, more than any other Senate Republican, has been a thorn in Trump’s side by maintaining his role as an adult willing to stand up to at least some of the outrageous president’s more destructive moves, like his efforts to repeal Obamacare and its lifesaving protections.
“This memoir will be about what matters most to him,” said Jonathan Karp, president, and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint told the Associated Press, “and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero.”
The publisher promises the book, due out in April 2018, “will include his ‘no-holds-barred opinions’ on last year’s campaign and on current events in Washington.”
“Candid, pragmatic, and always fascinating,” promises the publisher, “John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir.”
The title of the book will be, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.”
Senator John McCain has demonstrated that he isn’t the type to be intimidated. https://t.co/jFENsPbMC4
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 18, 2017
That title is new. It was changed recently after a decision was made to expand the scope and focus of the book to encompass more of McCain’s role as one of the few Republicans willing to sometimes stand up to a president who has upended the traditional role of Republicans to seek out less government, smaller deficits and a bigger voice for business.
The original title was based on a quip McCain has made for years: “It’s Always Darkest Before It’s Totally Black.”
For this book, McCain is reuniting with his frequent collaborator Mark Salter, and Karp, who has edited a number of his past books including he 1999 bestseller “Faith of My Fathers.”
They also worked together on more recent releases, “Worth The Fighting For” and “Why Courage Matters.”
When McCain first signed a contract to do the book this past February, it’s focus was on international issues, his experiences overseas and people he has supported over the years.
“There will still be examples of that in the book,” Salter told the AP in an email, “but it will be a little more expansive and reflective about his career and life, the direction of our politics and our leadership in the world, and the causes and values that matter most to him.”
In 2016, McCain was reelected to a new six-year term in the Senate, where he has represented Arizona since 1987.
Opinion: John McCain’s most important service to American democracy is being rendered right now in the U.S. Senate https://t.co/6V7Verd6vt
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 20, 2017
The Navy hero’s health is a huge question. McCain is suffering from brain cancer which in a September interview he called “very, very serious,” adding that the prognosis is “very poor.”
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 25, 2017
In the interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes in which he discussed his health, McCain was asked if his dramatic last-minute Senate “no” vote on Trumpcare was his revenge against Trump, who during the campaign last year said McCain was not a war hero, even though he had suffered in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp longer than he had to because he would not leave his fellow service members behind.
“If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that – life is too short,” responded McCain. “You’ve got to move on. And on an issue of this importance to the nation, for me to worry about a personal relationship, then I’m not doing my job.”
That has not stopped McCain from being outspoken in his own way about Trump, who he has said is a very different kind of person, from a very different background, than his own upbringing in a military family where public service was more important than making money.
Without calling out Trump or his former chief strategist Steve Bannon by name, McCain made his point recently when he denounced what he calls “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”
In this book, McCain is likely to have the final say on his life’s work, what he has learned about the American system and his despair at what the latest president has wrought.
— The View (@TheView) October 19, 2017
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