Opinion: Ticket video chat: Matt Welch on ‘McCain: The Myth of a Maverick’ -- III


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This is Part III of The Ticket’s new series of video chats with people in or around politics. We’re talking with Matt Welch, a former Times writer whose previous Times work can be read here.

His new book is on Sen. John McCain, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party. It’s not a biography so much as an exploration of the independent persona we’ve all come to know.


Today, Welch describes how he discovered the inner McCain and his almost imperialistic views of American foreign policy, which grew from his family’s long involvement in the Navy and his own world view, once it had taken many years to heal from the trauma of the Vietnam War and McCain’s nearly six-year incarceration and torture.

Part I of our conversation is available here. Part II is available here. The other five remaining segments will appear on The Ticket in coming days.

--Andrew Malcolm