A Portrait of Character-Driven Leadership and Service

WASHINGTON, DC (October 5, 2020) John McCain, from POW to “straight talking senator,” was a hero to millions of people around the world. But what was he like when the camera lights were off and business had to get done? The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain – a deeply personal and candid memoir of working for Sen. McCain by his longtime advisor, coauthor and friend Mark Salter – seeks to answer that question.

The result is a moving portrait of one of America’s most impactful public servants and the latest installment in the McCain Institute’s successful “Authors & Insights” virtual book talk series. Set for October 20, Salter will discuss his latest work with McCain Institute Trustee and former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, another longtime McCain friend.

According to McCain Institute Executive Director Mark Green, Salter’s book and the discussion with Sen. Lieberman are a perfect fit for the Institute and Authors & Insights.

“Our mission at the McCain Institute is advancing character-driven leadership,” said Green. “While the world is facing many challenges these days, we’re optimistic about the future, because we know that all of these challenges can be met through character-driven leadership…the kind of leadership that Senator John McCain epitomized through his life and public service. Given the state of politics these days, what better time for a discussion of the Senator’s character and work?”

For 18 years, Salter served as Sen. McCain’s speechwriter and advisor in both the U.S. Senate and on the campaign trail. Salter collaborated with Sen. McCain on seven books, most recently publishing The Restless Wave in 2018.

Sen. Lieberman is now senior counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in New York. He was a member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut for 24 years. Before his election to the Senate in 1988, Sen. Lieberman served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate and six years as Connecticut’s attorney general. In 2000, he was the Democratic candidate for vice president of the United States.

The McCain Institute invites all to join the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series: A Portrait of Character-Driven Leadership and Service on Tuesday, October 20, at 12 p.m. EDT. More information, including the link to register, can be found on the McCain Institute Events page. Viewers will have a chance to ask Salter questions about his book, career and the current events, and one lucky attendee will receive a signed copy of “Luckiest Man: Life With John McCain” through a random drawing.

About the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series

While the U.S. faces a range of challenges these days – both here at home and on the world stage – the McCain Institute maintains that all of them can be met by reaffirming character-driven leadership. To bolster its message, the Institute hosts the Authors & Insights Book Talk Series. Through this “reverse book tour,” Institute leaders interview authors of important newly-released books on American politics, policy and leadership with the intention to engage the American people in a dialogue that affirms the importance of character-driven leadership and America’s leadership in the international community. The result will be a blueprint for a brighter future.


About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, counterterrorism and combatting human trafficking.