Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir Summary

The SQUEEZE: Part autobiography and part family memoir, John McCain’s Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir represents an exploration of the author’s life and service in the U.S. military. McCain traces his personal history, from the time he spends as a youth rebelling against destiny to the time he spends in the U.S. Naval Academy and the Vietnam War. McCain weaves in the histories of his father, John S. “Jack” McCain, Jr., and his grandfather, John S. “Slew” McCain, Sr. Both men were four-star admirals in the Navy and contributed to U.S. successes experienced during the Pacific War. McCain centers the narratives on his experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnamese camps, and a victim of torturing and suffering. He concludes the book with his release. Faith of My Fathers is ideal reading for historians and servicemen.

Notable Endorsement: “A breath of fresh air. . . . Compelling, harrowing. . . and bluntly self-critical.” -- --Seattle Post Intelligencer

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About the Author: A current U.S. Senator from Arizona, John Sidney McCain III entered the U.S. Navy, becoming the third-generation member of the branch after his father and grandfather who were four-star ranking commanders. McCain became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft. During his service in the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forestral fire. While in Hanoi in October 1967, McCain’s aircraft was shot down and he was captured by the North Vietnamese, subsequently becoming a prisoner of war until 1973. After retiring from the Navy as a captain in 1981, McCain moved to Arizona and entered politics. In 1982, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving two terms and winning re-election four times. McCain’s political interests extend to campaign finance reform and diplomatic relations with Vietnam. McCain was a Republican presidential candidate in 2000 and 2008. For more information, visit:


Book Vitals:

  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 2000)

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