Senator John McCain learned about life and honor from his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. Both their careers and their courage helped prepare McCain for the biggest challenge of his life when, as a naval aviator, he was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and seriously injured. When his captors realized McCain's impressive military legacy, they offered him early release. In what has now become a legendary act of heroism, McCain refused the offer and was subsequently tortured, held in solitary confinement, and imprisoned for more than five years.
Faith of My Fathers is about what McCain learned from his father and grandfather, and how their example enabled him to survive. Told with humility, grace, and humor, it is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. It is a story to inspire and instruct, one that shows what fathers give to their sons, and what, ultimately, endures.
About the Author
Tom Philpott is a syndicated columnist and freelancer writer. His weekly column, "Military Update," appears in more than forty daily newspapers in the United States and overseas. He lives in Centreville, Virginia.
Mark Salter is the author, with John McCain, of several books, including "Thirteen Soldiers" and "Faith of My Fathers". He served on Senator McCain's staff for more than fifteen years.