Faith of My Fathers, a family memoir. The story of John McCain and the influences of the military in his life.
Faith of My Fathers begins by John McCain recounting his family’s history of service within the United States Navy. Not only was his father an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, his grandfather was posthumously awarded that ranking, making them the first father-son pair to achieve this within the history of the Navy.
In the first sections of the book, he talks about how their experiences help to shape his morals and ethics, inspiring him to follow in their footsteps.
As the book progresses, he frankly discusses his experiences in the U.S. Naval Academy. Like his father and grandfather, his grades were abysmal. Graduating fifth from the bottom of his class, he barely escaped being kicked out of the program. Despite this, he is determined to follow in their footsteps and serve his country. After leaving the Academy, McCain began his service in Vietnam.
During the war, his plane was shot down and he was captured. Most of the book is about the five years that he spent in a North Vietnamese POW camp. A victim of both physical and mental torture, he survived while many of the others around him didn’t, which he attributed to the faith of his fathers. Before this election, I was completely unfamiliar with John McCain’s history.
As I mentioned earlier, I feel that informed decision making is an obligation of all American voters. No matter what your political views, McCain’s memoirs are about his lifelong patriotic devotion and commitment to his deeply held values.
A memoir is never going to portray an objective sense of what happened, but McCain’s writing seemed fairly balanced with a refreshing sense of humility.
Despite what could have been totally dry subject material, the book was an interesting read.
Read by the author in a very straight forward and casual style.