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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

by Joe Biden

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

“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.

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ISBN-13:
9781250171672
9781250171672
Publisher:
Flatiron Books
Flatiron Books
Publication date:
11/14/2017
Pages:
272
272
Sales rank:
15
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.06(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

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 the President’s Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his fight to raise the living standards of middle class Americans, reduce gun violence, address violence against women, and end cancer as we know it.

Since leaving the White House, Vice President Biden continues his legacy of expanding opportunity for all with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Biden Domestic Policy Institute at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics and Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Biden Family Thanksgiving 1

2 Have a Purpose 24

3 Solace 35

4 Trust 57

5 Keeping Busy 80

6 It Has to Be You 112

7 Calculated Risks 136

8 Home Base 160

9 You Have to Tell Them the Truth 182

10 Can You Stay? 199

11 Run, Joe, Run 222

Epilogue 248

Acknowledgements 259

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

What's most remarkable about Biden's Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose is that he's decided to give us full visibility into the agony and strangeness of that period, showing just what it was like to care for his son—and then mourn him—while simultaneously fulfilling his duties as vice president. 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…[Biden] has a great, unwanted body of expertise in coping with loss. Promise Me, Dad shows that he's willing to make use of it. Imparting what he knows about bereavement is part of his legacy now.

The New York Times - Jennifer Senior
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- Anonymous
December 2, 2017
Great book
I have never been much of a book reader, this book of Mr Biden story has me hooked.
- Anonymous
November 14, 2017
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