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Bad Republican by Meghan McCain 

In her intimate, first audio memoir, Meghan McCain finds herself at a transitional moment: With the passing of her war-hero father and the birth of her daughter Liberty, Meghan realizes she’s becoming a different woman. Known as a Republican rebel and a departing cohost of The View, new mom Meghan McCain tells her story - in her own words. She invites listeners inside the unwavering heart and ferocious mind of a young conservative woman who refuses to back down.   

With the aptly titled Bad Republican, McCain expresses how it is to feel like you no longer fit in with your political party. She tells of growing up the daughter of an American icon who shaped her life and details the heartbreaking final moments spent by his side. She recalls her (mis)adventures on the New York dating scene and brings us up to speed on meeting her now-husband. We hear her views on cancel culture and internet trolls as well as life backstage as the sole Republican at America’s most-watched daytime talk show - and why she decided to leave. Revealingly, she relays the awkward phone call she received from Donald and Melania and where she thinks the Republican Party and the country go from here. And with surprising candor, she divulges why a miscarriage and the birth of her daughter have left her so fired up about women’s rights - even if that puts her at odds with her party.   

Unsparingly honest, deeply relatable, and highly entertaining, Bad Republican is as personal as a story gets. It’s a memoir imbued with an unmistakable maverick spirit.  

©2021 Meghan McCain (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Entertaining! With a few flaws

I preordered this as I love reading political biographies on both sides of the aisle. I really enjoyed it! I listened in just two days. I liked that it was authentic. She didn’t pretend to be warm and she allowed herself to be aggressive. I found it to be quite refreshing. Often political biographies can be so polished that you can tell it’s not authentic. This one is not like that. You get a great sense of who she is and who her father was.

However, I did find it a bit distasteful in some sections. The part about the Palins seemed really rude and unnecessary. She went through each person in their family who wasn’t in an ideal situation and tells you about them in a very condescending way. It’s one thing to address conflict you had with them. It’s another to talk about their personal lives for no reason other than to shame them.

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Meghan Delivers Vulnerability and Bravery

I have been waiting to listen to this since the moment it was announce. Meghan did not disappoint! She GOES THERE to shed light in so many areas. It’s raw, honest and what people need to hear right now. This content defies political affiliation and a true act of service to uplift women through the sharing of her experiences.

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A great listen

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who disagrees with Meghan on just about everything, but I appreciated her presence on The View keeping it from being a total echo chamber for one perspective. And as someone else who lost a parent to cancer, just a couple months after Meghan did, I’ve appreciated her candor about how terrible and profound grief is. I listened to this memoir in one day, and wept as she recounted her father’s death because I have been exactly there. She’s a great writer and she stands by what she believes in, and we can all benefit from listening to people we disagree with.

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I wasted a credit.

I thought she was very whiny. I would not recommend this book. I wish I would not have wasted a credit on this book, however, at least I know now not to buy anything else by Megan McCain.

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Bad Republican or Good Democrat

Whichever one you are, this is for you. As someone who leans heavily to the left, I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter of this story. Touching and thoughtful is all I can say.

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I thought she was real

I was really excited for this Book And Megan Delivered This isn't some salacious Tell all where he rags on the veiw and her co host she tells of her experience the good and the bad you either love or hate Megan Mccain I listened to this audible on 1.3 which worked great. She doesn't speak with much emotion, if you know anything about Megan shes very well spoken.(flat and to the point, she reads what she wrote) and Straight to the point you won't hear cracking or humor she just reads. If the Eulogy doesn't stop you in your tracks! ( and allow you to connect with her on some level Nothing ever will )I almost Could not finish, that to me is the Realist the most Vulnerable Megan I have ever heard and if Can't relate to her the Love and Lose of Her father nothing will ever change your mind I can still hear her Voice as im typing this. This was a great listen you you will also find out some things maybe you Didn't know( like she once had a different political Affiliation )but if you dont like her this book will not change your mind Megan is Megan !!! I wish she WOULD SEE SHES NOT THE VOICE FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN SHE IS 1 VOICE AND MAYBE SOME AGREE WITH SOME OF WHAT SHE BELIEVES BUT NOT ALL AND THATS OK AND SHE NO BAD REPUBLICAN

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Zero self awareness

Meghan’s book totally lacks self awareness or growth of character. She take absolutely zero responsibility for her part in the toxic dynamic at The View. She plays the victim in much of it and it’s just not interesting. I’m sure Meghan did have a hard time being the lone conservative on a mostly liberal show and I’m sure there were times when she wasn’t treated fairly but let’s be real her attitude and behavior was problematic to say the least. She gave ad good as she got. A far more interesting read would have been her talking about what she learned about herself as a person from the experience and how she grew from it and how she feels the show can improve. Instead we got a whinefest about how everyone was mean to her.

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Pleasantly surprised

I would recommend this book to anyone willing to listen to someone on the other side of the political aisle. Initially, I thought this would be a hate listen but I got insight into the human side of Meghan and the struggles she faces like the rest of us do. We still disagree politically 1000%.

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A good listen for both the left and the right

I’m a leftie (far left socially) but I have a lot of respect for her dad based on my limited knowledge of him, so I bought this audiobook to hear her perspective on various things without knowing anything about her personally other than that she is John McCain’s daughter.

She talked briefly near the beginning (and also in other parts of the book) about her political beliefs. She says she supports the military but that “taxation is theft,” which left me wondering how we are supposed to get the funds to pay for the military if there are no taxes.

She talks about her experiences going through a miscarriage and eventually getting pregnant again and giving birth to her daughter, as well as her range of emotions during those times. Her stories about her love for her daughter were beautiful. I wish all parents loved their kids as much as she seems to love Liberty.

I definitely wouldn’t have agreed with her dad on everything, but I had a lot of respect for him and appreciated the stories about her dad. She talked about her dad dying, but also about her dad’s personality, his likes, and his sense of humor. I had some unexpected laughs when she was talking about him, such as how the family was worried about getting sick whenever he cooked, or when her dad recited “murder poems” on the first date with her mom, but there were also quite a few tears. I didn’t know her father, but the book helped me feel like I did, and this alone made it worth the credit. And I’m not at all surprised John McCain was a great father.

Oddly, she claims that the reason Trump was allowed to rise in the GOP was due to the way Democrats treated her father nearing the 2008 election between Obama and McCain. I can not disagree with this more. Trump was allowed to rise due to probably several reasons I’d rather not list here, none of which have anything to do with Democrats. The people who chose Trump were Republicans and Republicans alone. Democrats just watched the madness and said repeatedly, “That’s not a good idea.” And, as the entire world saw, it really wasn’t.

Also, it’s “pro-choice,” not “pro-abortion.” Nobody is FOR abortion. Democrats in general are just for a female’s right to do with her own body as she sees fit, just as Republicans want freedom to do as THEY wish. She acknowledges that Republicans want less government interference, but governments restricting abortion the way Texas has is adding more interference. But I guess that’s considered acceptable?

Overall it was an interesting listen. I was hoping to get more of a sense of what John McCain was like from listening to the book, and I did indeed get that. I also got a sense of what Meghan is like. She and I would disagree on several things, but she seems like a genuinely good person who wants good things for the country, and I have no doubt she and I would be able to talk calmly and share our viewpoints while still disagreeing. She does not come across as, “It’s my way or no way,” and she even acknowledged realizing over time that some of her viewpoints have changed. We have a lot of “my way or no way” people on BOTH sides of the political fence, and that’s probably one of the biggest problems with life in America right now. We welcome with open arms the people who agree with us, but we shove away the ones who don’t. That’s not a good idea.

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  • 10-22-21

I was excited to read her book...

she sounded angry while reading it. I tried to understand her pov, however she just sounds like an entitled white woman. when someone doesn't agree with her she cries, throws up super sensitive. Meghan, you have no real world issues to cry over.

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Doesn't own any of her behaviour

I like Meghan although I have many opposing views I felt some common ground especially on death and miscarriage, which I'm thankful for and it's a timely reminder that we all experience loss and grief when you strip away politics and wealth. Although I am disappointed that she fails to identify her own behaviour in many of her examples and forgets that we as listeners were also watching too. I was disappointed for example that on the view she said she was honoured to be saturised by SNL, and did a whole bit about the honour but claims she was humiliated by it in her book. she claims she was cut off by Whoopi, but on the view she forgets all the other ladies would have less than a minute to make their argument on a topic but Megan would speak often over 3 minutes and have to be cut off, often leaving the audience none the wiser of how Whoopi felt about the topic because she didn't have any time left. I would like a follow up book in 10 years when hopefully she can recognise her own flaws as easily as she points the flaws of others out.

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  • 11-01-21

hmmmm

I enjoyed the view and found her presence important, I write this as an independent. The problem with Meghan wasn't her view but how she communicated her views. She was very sensitive and aggressive. She could dish it but never take it. This book is well written but incomplete. Meghan never talks about her own flaws, I remember when Joy said 'I don't miss you' But do you remember when she told Joy 'It was her job to listen to her' Or when George Bush Sr died and she told Joy not to talk??? Meghan and Joy clashed but she was 50% of the problem and the fact she doesn't take accountability for how she could often be rude and emotional makes this book a 2-3 star book for substance.

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  • Rachel McCarthy
  • 11-02-21

Raw glimpse into motherhood

Really appreciated hearing of her experiences with pregnancy, motherhood, returning to work, and mum guilt. As well as stories from The View. Don’t agree with her politically but I think she tries her best to be true to herself and isn’t afraid to go against the grain for what’s right.

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  • 10-25-21

surprisingly good

Listened to this in one day. Found it very interesting and compelling. Her honesty regarding motherhood was raw and true

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  • 10-23-21

Living in a polar post trump era!

Finally, the truth about becoming a mother. Discussion on death and how western culture should address death and loss better. A peek into personal family stories of her Father Senator John Mccain and her overall family. She shares, her experience of working on 'The View' and sheds light on the toxic environment that past co-host Rosie O'Donnell (a Democrat ) was referring to.

Meghan shares her thoughts on the Republican party as it stands today, post-Trump era. Living in a 'woke', 'cancel culture' world, the disenfranchised that voted for Trump and their unheard voice and what she sees happening in the overall spectrum of Politics in the future.

I was hesitant to listen because I was so immersed in the popular public persona of Meghan's. Which after listening to this audio, couldn't be farther from the truth. I would cringe at the youtube mash-up of how often she would say "my father" and other mash-ups of clips of her on The View and think 'wow, she's a bit extreme'.

After listening to the whole audio: I cried, I laughed at her wit, I was shocked at some of the stories and overall I was enlightened, I secretly hope she runs for Government and that she at least releases another audio/book.

Thank you Megahn.