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McCain: The Myth of a Maverick: Book by Matt Welch

McCain: The Myth of a Maverick

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ISBN: 9780230608054    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 272        
John McCain is one of the most familiar, sympathetic, and overexposed figures in American politics, yet his concrete governing philosophy and actual track record have been left curiously unexamined. McCain...Read more
John McCain is one of the most familiar, sympathetic, and overexposed figures in American politics, yet his concrete governing philosophy and actual track record have been left curiously unexamined. McCain is a flesh-and-bones political portrait of a man onto whom people are forever projecting their own ideological fantasies, and a psychological key for decoding his allegedly "maverick" actions.
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About the author: Matt Welch
MATT WELCH is the Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine, and was formerly the Assistant Editorial Pages Editor of the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared... Read more
MATT WELCH is the Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine, and was formerly the Assistant Editorial Pages Editor of the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in such politically diverse outlets as Salon.com, the American Spectator, AlterNet, the Orange County Register, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Welch also maintains a popular blog at mattwelch.com. He lives in Washington D.C.
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Review:
'If the world doesn't know who Republican presidential nominee John McCain is as yet, it certainly will do whatever happens in the US elections on 4th November. Welch, editor of Reason Magazine,...Read more
'If the world doesn't know who Republican presidential nominee John McCain is as yet, it certainly will do whatever happens in the US elections on 4th November. Welch, editor of Reason Magazine, has produced a sober-minded biography that uncovers the 71-year-old Arizona senator's political life and the beliefs that could soon make him the most powerful man in the world.' -- The Big Issue 'How the journalistic elite got taken for a ride on the Straight Talk Express is one of the revelatory sagas of modern-day Washington. Matt Welch has the audacity to think that John McCain's views matter, not only his legends, and he smokes out McCain with gusto. You don't have to follow him every inch of the way into libertarian politics--as I do not--to be dazzled by the light he casts on a telling tragedy of American politics.' - Todd Gitlin, author of The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals 'John McCain's love affair with the news media is a decade old. But McCain makes clear that that love affair is over.' - Glenn Reynolds, author of An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, and blogger at Instapundit Praise for Matt Welch's Op-Ed piece on John McCain in the Los Angeles Times, "Do We Really Need Another T.R.?": 'Congratulations to the LAT's Matt Welch for this morning's penetrating column on John McCain...Listen up, pundits. Matt Welch has sent you a signal. It won't kill you to look into the mind of the desert angel and see what he thinks.' - Todd Gitlin, author of The Intellectuals and the Flag 'Matt Welch of the Los Angeles Times does a significant public service in exposing John McCain's intrusive, statist agenda.' - Doug Bandow, author of Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire 'Kudos to Matt Welch for managing to reveal some truths about St. McCain without falling into the usual trap of trying to argue about where he actually fits on the imaginary political spectrum and instead just telling us what the dude thinks about things.' - Duncan Black, proprietor of the Eschaton (Atrios) blog 'Matt Welch, now with the Los Angeles Times, perspicaciously sizes up everyone's favorite politician -- especially given that no one seems to actually care about his political beliefs -- Sen. John McCain. [...] [R]ead the whole thing, before this whole "McCain for President" thing goes too far.' - Brian Dohery, Reason 'Welch...has produced a sober-minded biography that uncovers the 71-year-old Arizona senator's political life and the beliefs that could soon make him the most powerful man in the world.' - Big Issue in the North
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