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Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

By John McCainMark Salter
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Book Details
  • Author: John McCainMark Salter
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Published: 2005-10-25
  • Edition: 1st
In 'Character is Destiny', John McCain shows us why, by telling the stories of celebrated historical figures and lesser-known heroes whose values exemplify the best of the human spirit. He illustrates these qualities with moving stories of triumph against the odds, righteousness in the face of iniquity, hope in adversity, and sacrifices for a cause greater than self-interest. In 'Character Is Destiny' we meet - Pat Tillman, whose patriotism obliged him to leave the riches and celebrity of the NFL for a soldierís life in defense of his country; Empress Theodora of Byzantium, whose courage shamed her husband and his court into defending their faith and civilization; Winston Churchill, who, in a renowned eighteen-word remark, counseled schoolboys to 'never give up'; the Catholic priest in Auschwitz who offered to take a condemned manís place; a nun, formerly a comfortable Beverly Hills housewife, who works with prisoners in Mexicoís worst jails; George Washington, whose wisdom and hard-earned self-control helped him survive the chaos of war. These are just a few of the heroes of exemplary character whose portraits McCain offers here. With 'Character is Destiny', John McCain interprets Shakespeareís immortal advice, 'To thine own self be true', as an eloquent restatement of the golden rule and the very definition of integrity. The tributes he pays here to men and women who have lived truthfully will stir the hearts of young and old alike, and help prepare us for the hard work of choosing our destiny.

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