With whatever time he has left, McCain decides to make a plea to Americans to be civil in a tumultuous political climate.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 2017.
Republican Senator John McCain in his book "the Restless wave" (Restless Wave) wrote that the United States should consider the possibility of cyber-attacks in response to Russia's intervention in USA elections.
The article included details about funeral plans for the ailing senator, who is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer.
He reminds readers of his feuds with Putin over the years, and that Putin once said McCain had been driven mad by his years "in a pit". He writes in his memoir "maybe I'll be gone before you hear this".
McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, remains one of the strongest voices in his party on foreign policy.
The excerpt was provided to NPR on Thursday. "We can be selfish and quick sometimes to shift the blame for our mistakes to others, but our country 'tis of thee".
"Before I leave, I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations", McCain read.
But most of all, according to NPR, McCain is disturbed at what he sees as Trump's tolerance of Putin, implying moral equivalence when Trump said, "We have a lot of killers, too". We need friends in the world and they need us. I hate to leave it.
The book, titled "The Restless Wave" and scheduled for a May 22 release, also touches on accusations that Russian Federation could have compromising material related to U.S. President Donald Trump and confirms that McCain has reviewed a copy of the the Steele dossier - opposition research authored by an ex-British spy that includes salacious allegations about Trump and his alleged ties to Russian Federation.