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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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"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."
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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Unlike most books by politicians, "Promise Me, Dad," is more committed to communicating to us the values and principles of a family man who happens to have been a politician. That, however, is not what compelled me to start this review before evern getting through Chapter 3.
Chapter 2 was simply the most compelling narration regarding the hopes, fears, dreams and nightmares through which a family succumbs while dealing with cancer. The brief, yet detailed explanation of the surgery performed on Beau Biden goes along way to showing us this is not just another political narrative.
I bought both the Kindle and the Audible version. I greatly enjoy reading along while a narrator reads the book. Much as I did as a child at home listening to Mom, or a student in school listening to the teacher. With VP Joe Biden, not himself a professional voice actor, reading this highly personal account, this is possibly the most important read of 2017.
That does not mean, as yet, that I am sold on Joe Biden for President. Only time will reveal to us if he even should run. Until recently, though, I was certain he should not run, so, who knows, I may come around to becoming one of his staunchest supporters, outside of his nuclear family.
BLUSH FACTOR There is, essentially, no cussing and no vulgarities in this tome. Share it with your friends and family in all walks of life, regardless of ages, sex, or religious affiliation.
Five stars, but, if I had them to give, I'd rate it 10 stars.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
If you’re looking to be inspired, learn something, and maybe also kind of sob like a baby, please read this book (or listen to Joe read it himself as an audiobook, like I did). I loved Joe Biden before this book, but now that gut feeling has been affirmed.
In this book, Joe recounts the years leading up to his decision not to run in the 2016 presidential election, although it was a very, very close call. Almost nobody knew how much his family struggled during that time, as one of his sons battled a vicious type of cancer. He warred within his own mind and heart, trying to choose between running—as his family, including his sick son, wanted him to—and not, because he was so overwhelmed by grief and stress.
Before this book, I never knew that Joe had such a sad past. The tenderness and raw emotion he uses throughout are proportional to his experiences, and they are heartbreaking. But he is also strong, and good, and hopeful. He loves his family more than anything in the world. He admires his children with every ounce of his being. He cares deeply about the people both around him and all over the country—the world. I hope he gives himself another chance.