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by John McCain

“Courage,” Winston Churchill explained, is “the first of human qualities . . . because it guarantees all the others.” As a naval officer, P.O.W., and one of America’s most admired political leaders, John McCain has seen countless acts of bravery and self-sacrifice. Now, in this inspiring meditation on courage, he shares his most cherished stories of ordinary individuals who have risked everything to defend the people and principles they hold most dear.“We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity for action despite our fears,” McCain reminds us, as a way of introducing the stories of figures both famous and obscure that he finds most compelling—from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Sgt. Roy Benavidez, who ignored his own well-being to rescue eight of his men from an ambush in the Vietnam jungle; from 1960s civil rights leader John Lewis, who wrote, “When I care about something, I’m prepared to take the long, hard road,” to Hannah Senesh, who, in protecting her comrades in the Hungarian resistance against Hitler’s SS, chose a martyr’s death over a despot’s mercy.These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others to help them summon the resolve to be both good and great. He explains the value of courage in both everyday actions and extraordinary feats. We learn why moral principles and physical courage are often not distinct quantities but two sides of the same coin. Most of all, readers discover how sometimes simply setting the right example can be the ultimate act of courage.Written by one of our most respected public figures, Why Courage Matters is that rare book with a message both timely and timeless. This is a work for anyone seeking to understand how the mystery and gift of courage can empower us and change our lives.
Download Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life (Random House Large Print) epub
ISBN: 0375432345
ISBN13: 978-0375432347
Category: Religion
Subcategory: Worship & Devotion
Author: John McCain
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Large Print (April 13, 2004)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1272 kb
FB2 size: 1241 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 385
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Sen McCain clearly makes the case of why we all need to be courageous when the opportunity falls on us. He very well makes the argument that Courage is not an end goal, but rather the result of the way we lead our lives. To be Courageous, we need to morally clear in the daily choices we make that we put us in a position to show courage when the need arises. The book is filled with excellent examples of people who responded to the call to be courageous.
Well-written and was a very good read, and I am glad to have the insight into McCain's feelings on this subject (even if I am angry with him these days). It arrived quickly & in brand new condition.
I'm a big fan of Sen. McCain for his courageous service to our country, he doesn't mention his bravery, even down plays it. Discusses others and there virtues and unselfishness to step up for a cause, at the risk of losing there own lives. I related it to 9/11, as did he. Those we wouldn't expect to be hero "material" can bee a surprise to us all. Not always centered around war. Quick read and worth the time.
So well thought out and well written. McCain is, as always, honest and upfront. He is unrelenting in his determination to define courage as something way more than mere endurance in the face of adversity.
John McCain uses the stories of several obviously heroic individuals to analyze courage; what it is and isn’t, why it is important, and why we should strive to have some by overcoming fear in our everyday adventures.
We no longer teach civics in public high school. We don't study and honor those who possessed great courage. Immigrants prepping for naturalization learn more than the average student. If every public school student were required to read about heroes like John McCain, we would be a stronger nation. Without history and courage, Big Brother can make what we value thought crime.
It's written from a true prospective as from one that has been there and has first hand knowledge of the brutal account. We learn from those that have lived through this horrific times. One one that has been there can actually tell the truth.
I will read this book many more times. As are all the books I have read by Senator McCain, this book is very well-written. His definition of courage had me re-examining my thoughts on courage. Senator McCain gets to the very essence of human nature, motivation, selflessness, and the impact of such qualities on human behavior. He paints an amazing picture of what it is to embody courage, even when you may not realize you are courageous. Many times this book brought me to tears, but that is a good thing! As I said, I will read this book many more times.