Summer reading


‘The Restless Wave — Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations’
By John McCain and Mark Salter

In this candid new political memoir from Sen. John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life — and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here,’’ McCain wrote. “Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.


In Faith: A Journey for All’ By Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter has published a new book — “In Faith: A Journey for All’’ — with Simon & Schuster.

The 39th president contemplates how his faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment, and how we may find it in our own lives as it shapes our belief in religious freedom, moral politics and how we relate to one another.

“The issue of faith arises in almost every area of human existence,” Carter said. “So it is important to understand its multiple meanings. In this book, my primary goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present and future events in America and around the world.”

Alice Mayhew, the vice president and editorial director of the Simon & Schuster imprint, praised the book.

“In this important book, at a time of uncertainty,” said Mayhew, “President Jimmy Carter talks about the gift of faith through the great modern theologians, some inspired contemporaries, and his lifelong acceptance of the challenge and reward.”


‘The Wright Brothers’ By David McCullough

On a winter day in 1903 in North Carolina, two brothers — bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio — changed history.

But, it would take the world some time to believe Orville and Wilbur Wright’s assertion that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished.” (The Wall Street Journal)