A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
On Sale: November 14, 2017
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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
over-scheduled 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.
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