McCain's Promise

McCain's Promise : Aboard the Straight Talk Express

4.24 (975 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$9.99

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 8mm | 138g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316040533
  • 9780316040532
  • 440,223

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 "Wallace conveys a geniuine disillusionment at the sham of the whole arrangement: the endless political posturing, the robotic news coverage...At the same time, he recognize's McCain's essential magnetism."--Steve Almond, Los Angeles Time Book Review "Bracingly insightful."--Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Book Review "Wallace's inexperience as a campaign reporter is an advantage here, leading to unvarnished insights."--Ariel Gonzalez, Miami Herald
show more

About David Foster Wallace

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.
show more

Rating details

975 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 44% (428)
4 40% (389)
3 14% (134)
2 2% (19)
1 1% (5)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X