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Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember (Modern Library Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

In Character is Destiny, McCain tells the stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit. He illustrates these qualities with moving stories of triumph against the odds, righteousness in the face of iniquity, hope in adversity, and sacrifices for a cause greater than self-interest. The tributes he pays here to men and women who have lived truthfully will stir the hearts of young and old alike, and help prepare us for the hard work of choosing our destiny.

Review:

"As in last year's Why Courage Matters, McCain's latest volume uses biography as an illustration of virtue, but this time the senator broadens his palette significantly, telling 34 stories of heroes whose lives embody qualities ranging from honesty and loyalty to curiosity and enthusiasm. At the root of them all, he says, is a willingness to stay true to one's conscience against all challenges. Thus martyrs appear prominently, from Thomas More and Joan of Arc to Edith Cavell and Father Maximilian Kolbe, as do military heroes, including Pat Tillman, the pro football player whose love of country led him to enlist in the army shortly after 9/11. But the pantheon is inclusive enough to hold Aung San Suu Kyi and Gandhi alongside Churchill and Eisenhower. Although he is reaching out to a younger readership, McCain's plain but sincere language does not condescend to his audience. He makes occasional oblique references to his experiences as a prisoner of war — describing, for example, how they reinforce his understanding of Victor Frankl's concept of dignity — but the only chapter centered on his ordeal highlights a furtive moment of kindness from a Vietnamese soldier. Amid much speculation concerning his plans for 2008, McCain has made a declaration of values that liberals can embrace as readily as conservatives. Agent, Flip Brophy. (Nov. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This book is intended to inspire kids, but it will be of great interest to adults." Washington Post

Synopsis:

This collection of inspirational, character-building nonfiction from Senator John McCain contains stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit.

About the Author

McCain was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected in 1992 and 1998. He is Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812974454
Author:
John McCain and Mark Salter
Publisher:
Random House Trade
With:
Salter, Mark
Author:
McCain, John
Author:
John McCain with Mark Salter
Author:
Salter, Mark
Author:
McCain, John S.
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
General Family & Relationships
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
LINE DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.04x7.96x.88 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812974454 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As in last year's Why Courage Matters, McCain's latest volume uses biography as an illustration of virtue, but this time the senator broadens his palette significantly, telling 34 stories of heroes whose lives embody qualities ranging from honesty and loyalty to curiosity and enthusiasm. At the root of them all, he says, is a willingness to stay true to one's conscience against all challenges. Thus martyrs appear prominently, from Thomas More and Joan of Arc to Edith Cavell and Father Maximilian Kolbe, as do military heroes, including Pat Tillman, the pro football player whose love of country led him to enlist in the army shortly after 9/11. But the pantheon is inclusive enough to hold Aung San Suu Kyi and Gandhi alongside Churchill and Eisenhower. Although he is reaching out to a younger readership, McCain's plain but sincere language does not condescend to his audience. He makes occasional oblique references to his experiences as a prisoner of war — describing, for example, how they reinforce his understanding of Victor Frankl's concept of dignity — but the only chapter centered on his ordeal highlights a furtive moment of kindness from a Vietnamese soldier. Amid much speculation concerning his plans for 2008, McCain has made a declaration of values that liberals can embrace as readily as conservatives. Agent, Flip Brophy. (Nov. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This book is intended to inspire kids, but it will be of great interest to adults."
"Synopsis" by , This collection of inspirational, character-building nonfiction from Senator John McCain contains stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit.
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