PositiveThe Washington Post...[a] thoughtful valedictory ... Unlike the previous six books McCain and Salter have composed together, this one wasn’t written for voters. It was written for history ... All politicians self-mythologize. This book is an effort to codify McCain’s maverick brand ... As in any memoir, there is score settling — and lots of I-told-you-so’s ... McCain wants to hold that moral high ground, and he’s peeved by any suggestion that he’s not worthy of claiming it ... At times, the book reads like the travelogue of a globetrotting grandee ... But his book will be remembered for its genuine concern about the future of our republic and the West.
RaveThe Washington Post...the book is at its most compelling when Flake shows how he developed the conservative worldview that would make Trump so anathema to him ... Publishing this book is a true act of political courage. Many conservative intellectuals have cogently made the case against Trumpism since the billionaire came down the escalator at Trump Tower two summers ago, but Flake is the first sitting senator to do so in book form since the president took office ... As future generations study this tumultuous time, Conscience of a Conservative — in many ways a sequel to Goldwater’s 1960 book of the same title — will be an important data point.