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ISBN13: 9780316040532
ISBN10: 0316040533
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Is John McCain For Real?

That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when Mccain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anti-candidate whose goal was to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest. And many young Americans were beginning to take notice.

To get at something riveting and unspinnable and true about John Mccain, Wallace finds he must pierce the smoke screen of spin doctors and media manipulators. And he succeeds-in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio that not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into John McCain himself: the senator, the POW, the campaign finance reformer, the candidate, the man.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

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FPE, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by FPE)
Upon reading this originally in Rolling Stone during John McCain's first run for high office, I was taken by both the subject and the writer. Reading it again makes me think about what could have been, for both subject and author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316040532
Subtitle:
Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Foreword by:
Weisberg, Jacob
Foreword:
Weisberg, Jacob
Author:
Weisberg, Jacob
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Political Science : Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidential candidates
Subject:
McCain, John - Press coverage
Subject:
McCain, John - Political and social views
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Elections
Publication Date:
20080601
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.16x5.59x.40 in. .30 lbs.

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