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Why Courage Matters - The Way to a Braver Life

John McCain

"Courage," Winston Churchill explained, is "the first of human qualities . . . because it guarantees all the others." As a naval officer, P.O.W., 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 introducing 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 mercy. These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others 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 quantities 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 courage. Written 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 lives. From the Hardcover edition.

"Courage," Winston Churchill explained, is "the first of human qualities . . . because it guarantees all the others." As a naval officer, P.O.W., 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 introducing 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 mercy. These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others 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 quantities 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 courage. Written 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 lives. From the Hardcover edition.
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"Courage," Winston Churchill explained, is "the first of human qualities . . . because it guarantees all the others." As a naval officer, P.O.W., 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 introducing 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 mercy. These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others 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 quantities 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 courage. Written 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 lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Salter, Dan Cashman

Length:

4h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:30


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:19