Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose by Joe BidenPromise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose by Joe Biden

Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And Purpose

byJoe Biden

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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"Promise Me, Dad is a brisk, often uplifting read, a consequence of its author's congenital jollity and irrepressible candor."
- Vanity Fair

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word.

Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad-"Joe, I need your help"-he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016.

The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.

Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.

Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before serving as 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As the Vice President, Joe Biden addressed important issues facing the nation and represented America abroad, traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. He convened sessions of th...
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Title:Promise Me, Dad: A Year Of Hope, Hardship, And PurposeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.55 × 5.83 × 1.06 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250171679

ISBN - 13:9781250171672

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW This really touched me. Joe is exceptional and heartfelt.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I was a bit skeptical of this book, but could not put it down. He shows a great amount of love for his family.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartful read! Really a MUST READ for all!!! The love this man has for his family ....is something to envy! I believe more than ever ..if he had run...he would be President now!!!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This will make you cry Really heartbreaking and inspirational story for a man who have overcome plenty of failures and personal tragedy. You gain a true appreciation of the man and what he stands for.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Very good read - very inspirational. Enjoyed hearing his talk as well. A class act.
Date published: 2017-12-21
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Date published: 2017-12-16

Editorial Reviews

"The book is a backstage drama, honest, raw and rich in detail. People who have lost someone will genuinely take comfort from what he has to say...These flashes of vulnerability are part of what makes Promise Me, Dad memorable; so, too, are the small, tender interactions between Biden and his dying son." - The New York Times"Biden splices a heartbreaking story with an election story and a foreign affairs story. And in so doing, he offers something for everyone, no matter which strand draws you in." - The New York Times Book Review"Biden exudes humanity throughout the book. He lays bare his emotions and vulnerabilities at losing a son with so much promise."- NPR