Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden

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Read Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics Online Free - “Nearly forty years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”
–Joe Biden

As a United States senator from Delaware since 1973, Joe Biden has been an intimate witness to the major events of the past four decades and a relentless actor in trying to shape recent American history. He has seen up close the tragic mistake of the Vietnam War, the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a presidential impeachment, a presidential resignation, and a presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. He’s observed Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and two Bushes wrestling with the presidency; he’s traveled to war zones in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and seen firsthand the devastation of genocide. He played a vital role by standing up to Ronald Reagan’s effort to seat Judge Robert Bork on the Supreme Court, fighting for legislation that protects women against domestic violence, and galvanizing America’s response (and the world’s) to Slobodan Milosevic’s genocidal march in the Balkans. In Promises to Keep, Biden reveals what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government.

With his customary candor, Biden movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; overcoming a demoralizing stutter; marriage, fatherhood, and the tragic death of his wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi; remarriage and re-forming a family with his second wife, Jill; success and failure in the Senate and on the campaign trail; two life-threatening aneurysms; his relations with fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle; and his leadership of powerful Senate committees.

Through these and other recollections, Biden shows us how the guiding principles he learned early in life–the obligation to work to make people’s lives better, to honor family and faith, to get up and do the right thing no matter how hard you’ve been knocked down, to be honest and straightforward, and, above all, to keep your promises–are the foundations on which he has based his life’s work as husband, father, and public servant.

Promises to Keep is the story of a man who faced down personal challenges and tragedy to become one of our most effective leaders. It is also an intimate series of reflections from a public servant who refuses to be cynical about political leadership, and a testament to the promise of the United States.

Title : Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics
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ISBN : 1400065364
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 365 pages


Jim rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

My teenaged daughter raved about this book, the autobiography of former Vice President Joe Biden up to the point of his 2008 run for the presidency. She urged me to read it and I'm happy I did. Politically, I line up pretty well with Mr. Biden, so I didn't find a great deal to argue with in that...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2007

This book - even more so than Hillary's - is a history lesson from the perspective of someone who was in the thick of it. Joe Biden has had a much more interesting life than I would have expected, personally and professionally. It was a crash-course in the Bork Supreme Court nomination, genocide...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2012

I enjoyed this book. It probably helps that I am a democrat and have voted twice for the Obama/Biden ticket. This book gave me hope again in politics. It can be a demanding, at times soul-wrenching, career. At the same time it provides a means to be of service to people that few other careers do. J...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2008

VP-elect Joe Biden is refreshingly candid reflecting on his life in and out of politics: unbreakable faith and famiy ties; a crippling stutter(Impedimenta); the loss of his late wife Neila and daughter Naomi in a tragic car crash; finding love again with Jill Jacobs, and his own brush with mortal...

Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

November 01, 2008

With every politician autobiography I read, I have about the same reaction. I love the early parts of the books where they tell about their upbringing and life before they got elected. After that I lose a little interest and scan a lot. They always want to give way more detail about politics than...

Arleen rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2016

I always admired Vice President Biden but this book reveals what a brilliant, kind, caring person he is. He has gone through more tragedy than most people do in a lifetime. He is truly a politician who cares about this country and the people. We need more politicians like him running this country...

Robert rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2008

Biography of the life of Delaware Senator Joe Biden. It talks about his early run for president back during Dukakis Democratic run, and how he had to drop out due to a plagarism scandal. I find his life very interesting, about how he lost his first wife, and also just some of the stories of his l...

Joyce rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2015

Interesting I learned a lot about VP Biden's life as well as his take on major events in history, such as the former Yugoslavia and the crisis that followed; how democrats and republicans once agreed to disagree (which other prominent figures have also said); and his experience with former preside...

Judith rated it ★★★★★

November 10, 2008

This engaging biography explores John Biden's youth, private life and political career. I am a little over half-way through and I am really enjoying this book! Biden is disarmingly frank about his private faith and trials. His experiences in the US Senate, including interactions with politicians...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

June 03, 2017

When I was in Washington D.C., I had the opportunity to hear the Vice President speak and to shake his hand. The speech was incredible, not the least for its honesty and authenticity. Joe Biden is a flawed man, and depending on your ideology and party affiliation, you might think he's downright c...

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