Promise Me, Dad

Promise Me, Dad

A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

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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.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250171672
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeDianeM Sep 01, 2018

A beautifully written story of Joe Biden's son, Beau, who passed away from a malignant brain tumor. Joe Biden chronicles the year long journey of his family dealing with this terrible diagnosis. His son told him, "Promise me, Dad" . . . "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe & Jill Biden tell us the story of their family & how they "made it through" this very difficult life challenge. It is the same type of brain cancer that also took the life of John McCain.

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MB85CAL
Apr 18, 2018

A heartfelt memoir. Poignant and moving. Joe Biden writes from the heart. One easily relates to his experience of loss and his humanity. Highly recommend.

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lilypad_1
Mar 19, 2018

This book was more than I thought it would be, namely a memoir of how the family got through Beau's illness and death. It shows what a tight knit family can survive, and how it thrives. It gave insight on all the things to consider when running for President. Joe and Jill have a marriage which has survived many stressors. It shows how a President and Vice President who are caring and moral can uplift the country instead of the ones we have now who are tearing it apart.

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kidZ20
Feb 03, 2018

Excellent, well written book. I've never understood politics much. This book gave insightful info into political strategies I could understand. It was also filled with love & commitment of family and heartache of loss of family members and how they faced tragedies together. I was rooting for Joe all the way!!

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SeattleCynthia1
Jan 07, 2018

Well written, not too long, Joe paints pictures with his words. Many interesting details about what he did as vice president and how he felt. Encouraged me to vote for him for president if he runs.

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StarGladiator
Dec 27, 2017

This is the guy who called WikiLeaks' Julian Assange an international terrorist, while proclaiming that the Egyptian dictator, Mubarak, was NOT a dictator?
And his son, Beau, when he was attorney general of Delaware, proclaimed that the du Pont family member who was convicted of sexually assaulted his two-year-old and three-year-old children, shouldn't have to serve any prison time, that an 8-year parole was justifiable?
Like father, like son, so they say . . . . [and sometimes, // they \\ are correct].
And Biden also, just several weeks before the 2017 presidential election, went before the Council on Foreign Affairs and promised them somehow or other he would get that TransPacific Partnership passed - - a real man of the people?!?!?
And Joe, as a senator, voted for that Bush bankruptcy bill, making the law that students COULDN'T declare bankruptcy to discharge any onerous [and frequently useless] student loans - - thanks, Joe! [That legislation also gave primary preference to the bondholders - - or super-rich - - in collecting any and all debt!]
And Joey's other son [always forget that character's name] drank at the taxpayers' trough when he was granted a position as a Public Affairs Officer in the US Naval Reserve [meaning no training required, automatic appointment] which meant an exemption, since Joey's #2 son was normally too old, and which, after receiving too many months' of pay, was finally kicked out after flunking each and every drug test administered [loser cokehead].
Yup, the saintly Joe Biden . . . .

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MplsTA
Dec 27, 2017

Heartbreaking story of Joe Biden losing his son (Beau Biden) to brain cancer. Biden writes the book starting from the diagnosis of the disease and how the family supports Beau through his cancer treatment and then to end of Beau's journey .Managing to be in the white house during the day and at various hospitals for Beau's treatment. A nightmare for any parent but a schedule that takes special handling if your VP.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Dec 21, 2017

Fabulous.

No parent wants to join the grieving parent club. No parent wants to lose a child to terminal illness or accident or act of violence. V.P. Joe Biden lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident early in his career. His son Beau recently died from cancer.

The book is based on an extraordinary promise that Beau extracted from his dad: "Give me your word, Dad, that you're going to be all right. Promise me, Dad." Although it was inordinately challenging for the Biden family to keep this promise, their phenomenal bond of faith, love, and strength got them through the depths of sorrow and grief.

This book is a gift of empathy, comfort, and inspiration.

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