Promise Me, Dad - Joe Biden (Hardcover)

A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

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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 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.

Product Details

Barcode
9781509890057
Department
Books
Released
14 Nov 2017
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Joe Biden
Binding
Hardback
Publisher
Macmillan
Language
English
Number of Pages
272
Dimensions
224 x 145 x 23mm (402g)

Annotation

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

Summary

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 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.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Political
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State
BISAC Subject 3
Political Science / Government / Executive Branch
BISAC Subject 4
Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement
BISAC Subject 5
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BIC Classification 1
Biography: general
BIC Classification 2
History of the Americas
BIC Classification 3
21st century history: from c 2000 -
BIC Classification 4
Memoirs
Library Subject 1
Vice-Presidents - Biography - United States
Library Subject 2
Statesmen - Biography - United States
Library Subject 3
Fathers and sons
Dewey Classification
973.932092