Long before his 2008 bid for the White House, John McCain served as a Navy pilot in Vietnam, and was infamously shot down and held as a POW in Hanoi in 1967. This entry in the A&E Biography series chronicles the Arizona politician's career since his harrowing days as a serviceman, including his "maverick" moves in both the House and the Senate, and his failed 2000 presidential campaign against George W. Bush.
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Shot down in 1967 while flying a mission over Hanoi, navy pilot John McCain became a POW for over five years. After finally returning to the U.S. and serving in the navy for another eight years, he channeled his incredible life experiences into a flourishing career in politics.
Now for the first time, BIO offers the comprehensive story of the life and career of JOHN MCCAIN, from his transitory naval base childhood through the 2008 republican primaries. Follow Senator McCain through his student days at the United States Naval Academy, his early political career in Arizona, and finally, through the tumultuous months of his 2007-2008 U.S. campaign. Perhaps best known for his leadership skills, his fight for finance reform, and his "maverick" political style, McCain has overcome all personal and professional obstacles with characteristic strength, daring, and resolution.
Filled with intimate interviews and recent campaign footage, JOHN MCCAIN documents the life and political career of one of the most renowned Republican leaders in American history.