McCain's Promise : Aboard the Straight Talk Express
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.
- Paperback | 144 pages
- 137 x 208 x 8mm | 138g
- 04 Sep 2008
- Little, Brown & Company
- New York, United States
"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
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.