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Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Themby John McCain and Mark Salter
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In Hard Call, acclaimed authors John McCain and Mark Salter describe the anatomy of great decisions in history by telling the remarkable stories of men and women who have exemplified composure, wisdom, and intellect in the face of lifeâ€™s toughest decisions.
The authors identify six qualities typically represented in the best decisions: Awareness. Timing. Foresight. Confidence. Humility. Inspiration. These qualities are personified by the exceptional individuals in this book, each of whom made a hard call:
Hard Call is a testament to the people whose choices serve as a beacon for us all.
"As he faces down the perplexing issues of war in Iraq and immigration reform at home, it's fitting that Arizona senator McCain, a contender for the 2008 Republican presidential bid, would spend time reflecting on principled stands that either 'win a hero's welcome or indefinite pain and suffering.' McCain and co-author Salter follow the blueprint of their previous book, Why Courage Matters, to provide readers with a series of character-as-history profiles of the men and women who shaped seminal moments in 20th century political and cultural history, from the integration of professional baseball to the pardoning of Richard Nixon to the end of the Cold War, as well as seemingly trivial accomplishments like the invention of the disposable razor ('Sell the shave, not the razor'). Throughout, an insider's view provides keen insight on the caprices of history and more than a few echoes of current events, most importantly the interplay between personal experience and national destiny. Meticulously crafted, this collection will appeal to those who respect McCain's reputation as a maverick for whom 'faith and courage' ranks among the most important forces in human history." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If all else fails, the senior senator from Arizona can always fall back on his writing career. Republican John McCain and Mark Salter, his co-author and top campaign aide, have written four previous books, all best-sellers. 'Hard Call' is reminiscent of JFK's 'Profiles in Courage,' except that instead of focusing exclusively on politicians, it describes the gutsy, contrarian stands of sports heroes,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) scientists and entrepreneurs ranging from baseball's Jackie Robinson to the father of the disposable razor, King Camp Gillette. McCain's reflections on decision-making are interspersed throughout. They are not wholly coherent. 'I would be hard pressed to provide a cogent description of how I make decisions,' he admits up front. But the subtext is clear: Here is an elected official who is not afraid to take a lonely position and stick to it. One only wonders why McCain presents no case studies of people who made really bad decisions and stuck to them." Reviewed by lan Coopermanlan Coopermanlan Coopermanlan Cooperman, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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"John McCain has long been one of the most interesting figures in public life and is possibly the only presidential candidate with two must-read books to his name." Los Angeles Times
In this remarkable book, Senator McCain uses experiences of both extraordinary people and people in extraordinary circumstances to dramatically describe the anatomy of great decision making.
At some point in our lives, we all face tough decisions and have to make that hard call. In this remarkable book, Senator McCain and Mark Salter use experiences of both extraordinary people and people in extraordinary circumstances to dramatically describe the anatomy of a great decision. Highlights include:
- Henry Ford's decision to sacrifice his company's competitive edge by reducing the work day and guaranteeing a minimum wage.
- Branch Rickey's decision to offer Jackie Robinson a contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the face of public opposition.
- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf 's decision to return to wartorn Liberia after receiving an economics degree from Harvard.
- General Fred Weyand's decision to redeploy fifteen of his battalions despite resistance from senior American military commanders in Vietnam.
- And much more.
About the Author
John McCain is a United States senator from Arizona. He retired from the navy as a captain in 1981, and was first elected to Congress in 1982. He is currently serving his third term in the Senate.
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