Stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, Mc Cain and his fellow pilots became frustrated by micromanagement from Washington, and he would later write that "In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn't have the least notion of what it took to win the war." On July 29, 1967, Mc Cain, by then a lieutenant commander, was near the epicenter of the USS Forrestal fire.

He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded; Although Mc Cain was badly wounded, his captors refused to treat his injuries, beating and interrogating him to get information; he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a high-ranking admiral.

Also that year, he opposed creation of a federal Martin Luther King Jr. Marines deployed in Lebanon citing unattainable objectives, and subsequently criticized President Reagan for pulling out the troops too late; in the interim, the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing killed hundreds. He delivered a well-received speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, was mentioned by the press as a short list vice-presidential running mate for Republican nominee George H. In 1999, Mc Cain said: "The appearance of it was wrong.

His war wounds have left him with lifelong physical limitations. House of Representatives in 1982, Mc Cain served two terms. While generally adhering to conservative principles, Mc Cain at times has had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, eventually gaining passage of the Mc Cain–Feingold Act in 2002.

Mc Cain turned down the offer; he would only accept repatriation if every man taken in before him was released as well. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world.

Such early release was prohibited by the POW's interpretation of the military Code of Conduct: To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured. His 17 military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal, for actions before, during, and after his time as a POW. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things.

It's a fascinating history of a remarkable military family." Mc Cain announced his candidacy for president on September 27, 1999, in Nashua, New Hampshire, saying he was staging "a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve".

One reporter later recounted that, "Mc Cain talked all day long with reporters on his Straight Talk Express bus; he talked so much that sometimes he said things that he shouldn't have, and that's why the media loved him." On February 1, 2000, he won New Hampshire's primary with 49 percent of the vote to Bush's 30 percent.

In March 1999, Mc Cain voted to approve the NATO bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, saying that the ongoing genocide of the Kosovo War must be stopped and criticizing past Clinton administration inaction. The book traces Mc Cain's family background and childhood, covers his time at Annapolis and his service before and during the Vietnam War, concluding with his release from captivity in 1973.

According to one reviewer, it describes "the kind of challenges that most of us can barely imagine.

Mc Cain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire.