Wednesday, January 09, 2008

McCain, "Faith of My Fathers"

Scott Johnson gives an overview of John McCain's memoir, Faith of My Fathers.

Excerpt: "So Faith of My Fathers is a campaign book, but it is also something more. I think it is clearly a classic American memoir. It is a book of enormous literary skill, a credit both to McCain and his literary alter ego Salter. If not quite in the same league as masterpieces such as Grant’s Memoirs, Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast, and Adams’s The Education of Henry Adams, it nevertheless belongs on the bookshelf with them. The book is not only beautifully written, it lacks a dull page. And despite the book’s grace and tact, a curious reader can find the answer to most of the questions he naturally brings to the book."