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NEW! Ticket video chat: Matt Welch, author of 'McCain: Myth of a Maverick' -- Part I

June 19, 2008 |  2:00 am

This is the first in a series of series of conversations with people in politics. We'll be chatting on camera with politicians, staffers, strategists, people formerly in politics, writers of politics, all in our continuing effort to get inside politics for Ticket readers.

This video segment is the first of eight with Matt Welch, the author of "John McCain: The Myth of a Maverick," not a biography but a sort of how-to guide to understanding this intriguing, independent, straight-talking, blunt-talking former fighter pilot who will later this summer be handed the presidential nomination for the Republican Party.

Is he what he seems?

In this segment we talk with Matt, a former Times writer, about the origins of the book and the, shall we say, lack of cooperation he encountered from the Arizona senator's camp.

The Ticket will publish other segments in coming days, eight altogether, exploring what Welch discovered about the man from his life, his writings and his friends.

If you have any questions for the author after viewing the segments, leave them in the comments section and we'll get answers from him for another item later.

--Andrew Malcolm

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