McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express

McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express


By (author) David Foster Wallace

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 15mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316040533
  • ISBN 13: 9780316040532
  • Sales rank: 232,502

Product description

In February 2000 John McCain was widely perceived as the voice of hope in American presidential politics: the "anti-candidate," the harbinger of change, the straight talker whose vigor and apparent authenticity were winning him support among disaffected voters from both parties and especially from young Americans. David Foster Wallace, commissioned by Rolling Stone to profile the candidate, reported back from the front lines in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio. McCAIN'S PROMISE not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into John McCain himself - the Senator, the P.O.W., the campaign finance reformer, the American hero, the candidate, the man.

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Author information

David Foster Wallace is the author of two novels; three story collections; and two nonfiction collections. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and numerous other awards. He died in September 2008.

Review quote

"Compelling...A patient and thoughtful meditation on what McCain's military past-specifically, his five-plus years as a prisoner of war-means about his moral fiber." Kevin Canfield, "Atlanta Journal-Constitution""