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

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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.

Title : Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
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ISBN : 1250171679
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Christy rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

5 stars! “I try to be mindful, at all times, of what a difference a small human gesture can make to people in need. What does it really cost to take a moment to look someone in the eye, to give him a hug, to let her know, I get it. You’re not alone?” Joe Biden is one of those people who have l...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2018

“I need some distraction Oh, beautiful release Memories seep from my veins “And maybe empty Oh, and weightless, and maybe I'll find some peace tonight ”In the arms of the angel Fly away from here From this dark cold hotel room And the endlessness that you fear You are pulled from the wreckage Of your sile...

Montzalee rated it ★★★★★

December 11, 2017

Promise Me, Dad A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose By: Joe Biden Narrated by: Joe Biden This is a book I really liked and it moved me emotionally. I have to admit, I have always liked Joe Biden. He says what he thinks and to hell with it. He has a good moral background. America, family, and common...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

January 11, 2018

At a time when many politicians climb onto soap boxes and publish pieces to extol their own greatness, former Vice-President Joe Biden released this short book that seeks to rise above the fray and offer a story of hope, despair, and personal reflection. It is perhaps the first book I have read w...

Erin rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

I absolutely love Joe Biden. In 2015 I donated money to a SuperPac that was trying to convince Joe to run for President. I truly believe that had he run he would have beat both Hillary and 45. Just think about how different our country would be right now. No Congressional investigations, no specia...

Cynthia rated it ★★★☆☆

November 19, 2017

Disappointing. I hesitated to give this a 3 star rating, feeling it's more 2 - 2.5. Let me preface my review by saying in no way does my opinion on this book reflect my political leanings. I happen to like Joe Biden. I thought he was a great VP. I have the utmost respect for him, for his longstan...

Truman32 rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2018

Reading Joe Biden’s Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose I was reminded again how great it was to have Biden-as thoughtful, compassionate, and smart as anyone you are likely to meet --as our 45th President. I mean, wow, we really dodged a bullet there. Just think; the current Pr...

Jean rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2017

The memoir by Joe Biden covers his last year as vice president and the tragedy of his son’s death His son, Beau, was the Attorney General of Delaware and was planning on running for governor of Delaware when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This is not Joe Biden’s first family tragedy. When Jo...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2018

Joe Biden was into his second term as vice-president of the United States when his son Beau was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As the Biden family was gathering together in Nantucket for Thanksgiving, it was to be their last with Beau but they did not know this yet. Amid national and international...

Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2018

This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews. To me, this book was an explanation. Perhaps an apology, but mainly an explanation about why he chose not to run. And, I don't have much to say about this book. It's incredibly well-written and insanely moving. Between bouncing about domestic...

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