"A TESTIMONIAL TO HEROISM FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IT TAKES": WORTH THE WAITING FOR, INSCRIBED BY SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
MCCAIN, John. Worth the Fighting For. New York: Random House, (2002). Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $375.
First trade edition of Senator McCain's 2002 "unpredictable, outspoken memoir," boldly inscribed on the half title in black felt pen by him: "To B— & M— With Best Wishes, John McCain."
Senator John McCain "remains one of the most inspiring public figures of his generation." In Worth the Fighting For, "when he writes of people and patriotism, his pages shine with a devotion, a loving awe… For McCain, 'Duty, Honor, Country' isn't patriotic pablum but a credo to live by. And he has worked out a way to apply the credo to politics. He summarized it in a commencement address at Johns Hopkins in 1999, when he gave the graduates this advice: 'Enter public life determined to tell the truth; to put problem-solving ahead of partisanship; to defend the public interest against the special interests; to risk your personal ambitions for the sake of the country and the ideals that make her great. Keep your promise to America, and you will keep your honor'" (Washington Post). Worth the Fighting For is an "unpredictable, outspoken memoir… a testimonial to heroism from someone who has first-hand knowledge of what it takes" (New York Times). Co-authored with Mark Salter, McCain's longtime speechwriter and chief of staff. "First Trade Edition" stated on copyright page. Issued same year as a signed limited edition. With 19 full-page black-and-white illustrations. Small owner inkstamp of Robert Kreider, a naval officer who commanded several vessels in the Pacific during WWII and later had a long career as a chemist who pioneered important work in water and air pollution.
A fine inscribed copy.