Why Courage Matters

John MCCAIN   |   Mark SALTER

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MCCAIN, John. Why Courage Matters. The Way to a Braver Life. (New York: Random House, 2004). Octavo, original ivory paper boards, original dust jacket.

First edition of Senator McCain's inspiring and thoughtful look at the transformative power of courage, wonderfully inscribed on the half title by him, "To D— Thank you for your brave service to our nation. John McCain."

"The son and grandson of four-star admirals who were his larger-than-life heroes, McCain carried his renowned name into battle and into political fights for more than a half-century." In the Vietnam War, "shot down over Hanoi, suffering broken arms and a shattered leg, he was subjected to solitary confinement for two years" and brutally tortured (New York Times). In Why Courage Matters, Senator and Presidential nominee McCain pays tribute to the courage of men and women, both famous and unheralded, including Nobel laureates, combat veterans, and civil rights leader John Lewis, who together show "how courage can change lives and improve the world" (New York Daily News). Co-authored with Mark Salter, McCain's longtime speechwriter and chief of staff. With frontispiece and ten full-page illustrations.

A fine copy.

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