clear
Friday November 24th, 2017 9:50AM

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it.

"The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed up the book in February, without any formal announcement. In July, McCain disclosed he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and last month he said the prognosis was "very poor."

McCain, 81, was re-elected to a sixth term in the Senate in 2016.

"This memoir will be about what matters most to him, and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero," said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster's flagship imprint.

The book is expected to begin in 2008, when the Arizona Republican lost to Barack Obama in the presidential election, and will include his "no-holds-barred opinions" on last year's campaign and on current events in Washington. McCain has been a sharp critic of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, and was a key opponent last summer of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this week, McCain denounced "half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems," remarks widely taken as criticism of Trump and such allies as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

"Candid, pragmatic, and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir," according to the publisher.

The memoir already has a notable change: The original title was "It's Always Darkest Before It's Totally Black," an expression McCain likes to cite.

"The Restless Wave" reunites him with longtime collaborator Mark Salter and with Karp, his longtime editor. The three worked together on McCain's million-selling "Faith of My Fathers," which came out in 1999, and on such subsequent releases as "Worth the Fighting For" and "Why Courage Matters."

In a recent email, Salter told the AP that there was "still a ways to go" before the book's completion, but that McCain was "hard at it." The original focus was "on international issues, his experiences overseas and movements and people he's supported over the years."

"There will still be examples of that in the book, but it will be a little more expansive and reflective about his career and life, the direction of our politics and our leadership in the world, and the causes and values that matter most to him," Salter wrote. "The original title was an old joke he employed often over the years. But the Senator thought it was too flip for some of the subjects he now wants to address."

For Karp, "The Restless Wave" is a poignant, painful reminder of a previous book he edited: "True Compass," by McCain's good friend Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. As with the McCain book, Karp signed up Kennedy's memoir before he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Kennedy died in August 2009, just weeks before "True Compass" was published.

"Both men represent the best of leadership," Karp said. "Both men have been giants of the Senate who demonstrated an ability to work across the aisle in a truly admirable way."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Entertainment, AP Business
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory in the northern city of Raqqa days after saying it cleared it from members of the Islamic State group
8:14AM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Macron says Brexit talks still need much work
French President Emmanuel Macron says that despite the positive signals coming out of the European Union summit on the Brexit negotiations there is still "lots of progress to make" if they want to start talks on trade
8:13AM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Spanish leader says separatists violate EU rules
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government will announce on Saturday the specific measures it plans to take control of the Catalonia region now that an agreement has been reached with the country's main opposition parties
8:11AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Spain's main parties agree new Catalan election needed
Spain's government and the main opposition party have agreed to hold a new election in Catalonia in January as part of special measures to try to resolve the country's deepest political crisis in decades
6:33AM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul
Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades
6:26AM ( 1 hour ago )
Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear
Former President Barack Obama is rallying with the Democratic front-runner in New Jersey's governor's race and called on the crowd to reject politics of "division" and "fear."
4:56AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
E! cancels Joan Rivers' 'Fashion Police' after 22-year run
E!'s long-running series, "Fashion Police," will come to an end next month with a special finale episode featuring its late host and co-creator Joan Rivers
7:21AM ( 1 hour ago )
Selena Gomez, Brie Larson among presenters at InStyle Awards
Selena Gomez, Brie Larson, Faith Hill and Kate Bosworth are among the presenters set to hand out honors at next week's InStyle Awards
7:19AM ( 1 hour ago )
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: Senators face task of tax overhaul; Drone footage shows devastation in Syrian city; Obama back in political spotlight; Border wall prototypes under construction
6:23AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory in the northern city of Raqqa days after saying it cleared it from members of the Islamic State group
8:14AM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Macron says Brexit talks still need much work
French President Emmanuel Macron says that despite the positive signals coming out of the European Union summit on the Brexit negotiations there is still "lots of progress to make" if they want to start talks on trade
8:13AM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Spanish leader says separatists violate EU rules
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government will announce on Saturday the specific measures it plans to take control of the Catalonia region now that an agreement has been reached with the country's main opposition parties
8:11AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Wild boars rampage through German town, injure at least 4
Police say a pair of wild boars have gone on the rampage and injured at least four people in the north German town of Heide
8:09AM ( 14 minutes ago )
US-backed Syrian force declare victory over IS in Raqqa
A U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory in the northern city of Raqqa days after saying it cleared it from members of the Islamic State group
7:52AM ( 31 minutes ago )