Character Is Destiny

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Character Is Destiny
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AuthorJohn McCain, Mark Salter
CountryUnited States
SubjectPolitical convictions
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
2005 (hardback)
2006 (paperback)
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
170/.44 22
LC ClassBJ1521 .M33 2005
Preceded byWhy Courage Matters 
Followed byHard Call 

Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember is a 2005 book by United States Senator John McCain with Mark Salter. Published by Random House, it is a collection of biographies about individuals from the past and present who, in the authors' view, exemplify the best qualities of character. The book is divided into seven parts with further divisions of a characteristic and a person who is seen to exemplify it.

Introductory notes[edit]

In McCain's words from the book's introduction:

It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy. That is all that really passes for destiny. And you choose it. No one else can give it to you or deny it to you. No rival can steal it from you. And no friend can give it to you. Others can encourage you to make the right choices or discourage you. But you choose.


Each section provides examples of a specific characteristic, with essays on a well known person, historical or (then) living, whose life reflected a particular aspect of that characteristic.[1]

Part One: Honor[edit]

Part Two: Purpose[edit]

Part Three: Strength[edit]

Part Four: Understanding[edit]

Part Five: Judgment[edit]

Part Six: Creativity[edit]

Part Seven: Love[edit]


  • McCain, John. Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember. New York: Random House, 2005. Print.


  1. ^ McCain, John; Salter, Mark (2005). "Contents". Character Is Destiny. Random House. p. viii. ISBN 1-4000-6412-0. Retrieved 2020-10-31 – via Google Books.

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