Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has never been shy about voicing his opinions, particularly those about President Trump. However, it seems he’s got more to say about the current political climate than what he talks about during brief media appearances.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that McCain is working on a new memoir, titled The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, that is scheduled to come out in April of next year.
The publishing company Simon & Schuster signed the book in February without any formal announcement.
Jonathan Karp, the president of Simon & Schuster, and McCain’s longtime editor, told the AP about McCain’s memoir:
‘This memoir will be about what matters most to him, and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero.’
The book will cover the time from McCain’s experiences from 2008, when he lost to Barack Obama in the presidential election, onward. Karp said that it will also include his “no-holds-barred opinions” on the 2016 election as well as current events in Washington.
‘Candid, pragmatic, and always fascinating, John McCain holds nothing back in his latest memoir.’
The memoir has undergone at least one notable change since McCain first started writing it. The original title was a favorite expression on McCain’s, It’s Always Darkest Before It’s Totally Black.
To write his latest tome, McCain also collaborated with Mark Salter, who has worked with him on previous books, including Faith of My Fathers, Worth the Fighting For, and Why Courage Matters.
Salter recently told the AP via email that there is “still a ways to go” before the book is completed. However, he also noted that McCain is “hard at it.”
Salter explained that the book’s focus has expanded over the last few months. Originally, it was meant to be about “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. 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.’
Karp told the AP that The Restless Wave reminds him of True Compass, another book he edited, that was written by McCain’s good friend Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Karp said about Kennedy, who died in August 2009, and McCain:
‘Both men represent the best of leadership. Both men have been giants of the Senate who demonstrated an ability to work across the aisle in a truly admirable way.’
News about McCain’s upcoming memoir has been met with mixed responses. Some are excited to read the finished work, while others are just generally not pleased with McCain and some of his recent political decisions.
Featured image via Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.