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REVIEW Ã Why Courage Matters The Way to a Braver Life Ê “Courage” Winston Churchill explained is “the first of human ualities because it guarantees all the others” As a naval officer POW and one of America’s most admired political leaders John McCain has seen countless acts of bravery and self sacrifice Now in this iUcing the stories of figures both famous and obscure that he finds most compelling from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Sgt Roy Benavidez who ignored his own well being to rescue eight of his men from an ambush in the Vietnam jungle; from 1960s civil rights leader John Lewis who wrote “When I care about something I’m prepared to take the long hard road” to Hannah Senesh who in protecting her comrades in the Hungarian resistance against Hitler’s SS chose a martyr’s death over a despot’s mercyThese are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others. Okay say what you want about John McCain but one thing stands out to me and that is he surviving while being tortured as a POW for over five years has the authority to speak on the subject of courageThe book is slight The hardcover is the size of a trade paperback widely double spaced and only 209 pages It at times has the feel of a war story journal in a bad sense But you read this book because it delivers on its title—it shows you why courage matters and how to get to a braver lifeMcCain is wise He has lived through much This is no rah rah right wing manifesto For starters he acknowledges the failure of his courage as a POW In prison I was not always a match for my enemies I was proud and angry I thought I was tough clever and prepared to resist But I found my courage wanting neverthelessHe goes on to say a key element of courage is relying on others on their strengthHe uotes Eleanor Roosevelt's and has a nice pic of her You must do the thing you think you cannot do And he says that to get brave you must go through fearful situations That facing the fear is a key to its dissipation it's a familiarity with fear and inhibitions and learning that we can act in spite of them that build the kind of confidence that can give us courageAnd it's not all cowboy stuff He asks 'Who are the bold adventurers' And answers Don't we see them as people driven by something close to an insatiable need to know something not known And the answers they needed took courage to findBut then there's the cowboy stuff too and oh it's good cowboy stuffHe uotes Admiral Lord Nelson No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemyAnd Admiral Bull Halsey if you're wondering yes it's the same Admiral Halsey referred to in Paul McCartney's Uncle AlbertAdmiral Halsey song All problems personal national or combat become smaller if you don't dodge them Touch a thistle timidly and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble Carry the battle to the enemy Lay your ship alongside hisHonestly I don't know if that's really such good advice but it does make you want to have some backbone doesn't itMcCain reports on the Native American chief Manuelito who when he was younger was mocked by his friends for his bearing being so prideful and elegant Manuelito responded I walk like a chief now so that when I become one I will already know how to behaveI really like that throughout this little book you get the idea that McCain really wants you to get it He really wants to help Near the end of the book he sums up his ideas Put one foot in front of the other and move toward the thing that scares youJust move along uickly and things will likely turn out fineIf you do things you think you cannot do you'll feel your resistance your hope your dignity and your courage grow stronger every time you prove it You will someday face harder choices that very well might reuire courage You're getting ready for themHe finishes with the thought provoking So be brave The rest is easy

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To help them summon the resolve to be both good and great He explains the value of courage in both everyday actions and extraordinary feats We learn why moral principles and physical courage are often not distinct uantities but two sides of the same coin Most of all readers discover how sometimes simply setting the right example can be the ultimate act of courageWritten by one of our most respected public figures Why Courage Matters is that rare book with a message both timely and timeless This is a work for anyone seeking to understand how the mystery and gift of courage can empower us and change our liv. This is book that everyone should read It is a collection of story of courage that chronicles not just the good but the cost that some people pay for leading a courageous life I carry this book with me every where I happen to go

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Why Courage Matters The Way to a Braver Life“Courage” Winston Churchill explained is “the first of human ualities because it guarantees all the others” As a naval officer POW and one of America’s most admired political leaders John McCain has seen countless acts of bravery and self sacrifice Now in this inspiring meditation on courage he shares his most cherished stories of ordinary individuals who have risked everything to defend the people and principles they hold most dear“We are taught to understand correctly that courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity for action despite our fears” McCain reminds us as a way of introd. Excellent book I thought he would speak only of his capture however he spoke not only of his but also the bravery of John Lewis Navajo leaders Manuelito and Barboncito Jewish freedom fighter Hannah Senesh and Burmese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi I would read this book again