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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (original 2018; udgave 2017)

af Joe Biden (Forfatter)

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""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 countryand 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."--Provided by publisher.… (mere)
Medlem:samsamabrasam
Titel:Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Forfattere:Joe Biden (Forfatter)
Info:Flatiron Books (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose af Joe Biden (2018)

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This was a touching book, but I found it difficult to continue reading at times. The book definitely did change the way I see Biden, and I certainly have far more respect for him than I did before. He's a strong man, far stronger than I can even hope to be.

I really liked Biden before I got interested in politics. His friendship with Obama was always admirable, and he just seemed super down to earth. My feelings now have changed quite a bit, but this book did open my eyes; the man has been through hell, and I admire him for the strength he showed despite everything.

Though the details of his political career were interesting, what kept me reading the book was the bond his family had. It was emotional, and I nearly quit reading completely because of it, but I'm very glad I pushed myself through it. The Biden family is a very close, caring family, and their support of Beau was heartwarming; I do wish them all the best. Obama's support was also very touching, though Biden's tone was at times less enthusiastic than I would've expected.

I think this is a book everyone needs to at least give a try, politics aside, whether you like Biden or not. However, keep in mind that the book strongly focuses on loss and cancer, so it may be triggering. ( )
  angeljmartin | Mar 10, 2021 |
Promise Me, Dad is Joe Biden's memoir of his son Beau's cancer diagnosis and death, the impact on the family, and on Joe's decision not to enter the 2016 race for US President. As you read this story you can "hear" Joe's voice - his phrasing and manner of speaking clearly comes through. This is an honest, moving and personal story and is unlike any other book I can think of written by a politician. At under 300 pages it's a pretty quick read.

NOTE: In the Acknowledgements at the end of the book Joe thanks author Mark Zwonitzer for his "extraordinary talent, patience and hard work". Some have taken this to mean that he was the ghostwriter for this book. I infer from the Acknowledgements that Zwonitzer likely provided editing and assistance with the book's structure at a minimum, and perhaps more. Regardless, as I read the book, as I said above, it was Joe's voice I heard. ( )
  stevrbee | Feb 7, 2021 |
Had this book for awhile and meant to read it eventually but it seemed like with current events it was time to give it a go. I haven't ready any of Biden's other books am obviously familiar with him as a former Vice President of the United States. Many of us are probably familiar with Biden and the "memes" such as his love of ice cream, "malarkey" and the like. This book is a little different.

This book focuses specifically on issues of foreign policy and as a chronicle of Biden's life, specifically surrounding the diagnosis of a brain tumor in his eldest son, Beau. A lot of people had expected the younger Biden to follow in his dad's footsteps in a political career, but that was sadly cut short. This book reflects a lot on the elder Biden during that time plus his decision to explore and to eventually not run in 2016 for president.

There's not much more to say about it. Is this a book that would change your mind? No, probably not. Was it a book that was useful for a voter? If one was looking for specific policies or grand plans for where Biden wanted to take the country, I'd also say no. But if you wanted to see a personal part of the man at a VERY dark and low time at his life, this was certain a good read for that.

That is not to say it's all sad or that it's solely focused on Beau's diagnosis and death. As mentioned, it does cover foreign policy trips and issues Biden was engaged in from Iraq to Russia, etc. He hilariously relates how one of his grandchildren finagled her way onto going on a trip with him (even though she had school). We also get a lovely recounting of a story you've probably heard where Biden recounts how he was telling then-President Obama that he and his wife Jill would likely have to find a way to come up with more money to help Beau and his family. Obama told him not to, and that he would personally give the Bidens the money.

Maybe Biden wasn't your choice. Maybe you didn't vote for him. But he's certainly a contrast to what we have now and you can't deny the very stark differences to what came before and what we will possibly see in a Biden administration. Was it an excellent, life-changing read for me? No. Was it a book I needed to read right now? YES.

If Biden hadn't won or had never run at all, I probably would have pushed this way down on my reading list. But if you're looking for something to tell you about the man who is about to enter the White House a little over a week away from this review, this is your book.

I borrowed this one but wouldn't have minded buying it as either a paperback or bargain book to read on my own timeline. Your local library will likely have a copy. ( )
1 stem HoldMyBook | Jan 12, 2021 |
When I saw Biden on a clip from "Colbert" a few months ago, I decided I'd like to know more. So í bought this book over Christmas when it was on sale and read most of it while I was flying on a work trip.

There were many moments when I cried as I read. His story of grief over the dying and death of his son Beau, his focus on family, and the telling of these things alongside his work as Vice President in the US made the story more relatable to me. Many of his political endeavours are things I knew about from the news. He'd been key in some Ukrainian developments, and I've had some volunteer experience there, so I read with keen interest about his involvement in the country..

But the main story here is about house family, and the loss of his son Beau, and his it occurred in his life of public service, and while he was deciding to run for president. I'm Canadian, so my knowledge of Joe Biden was only as VP, and my affection of him grew as he seemed like a regular person who valued others. This comes through Lord and clear in his book. He welcomes the reader into his grief, and in some way, we share in it. I'm glad I took the time to read this book. Stories of humanity are strength for the soul. ( )
  DwaynesBookList | Aug 14, 2020 |
Although I admire and respect Joe Biden, I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to an entire book about the illness and death of his beloved son, Beau. It turns out this book is about so much more than just that. It is about that battle against cancer but it is also about Joe's political career, his time serving as Vice President to Barrack Obama. Mostly, it's about family and loyalty, and strength under adversity. It's honest and forthright and sometimes heartbreaking. He was kinder to opponents than some of them deserved. He didn't get into the Trump presidency.

I liked Joe Biden before I read this book, but I admire, respect, and like him even more having read it. Mr. Biden read his own book, and although it didn't come across as read by a professional narrator, it was still very well done. You could hear in his voice when the reading was especially hard on him. I'm very glad I took a few hours to listen. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Mar 23, 2019 |
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""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 countryand 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."--Provided by publisher.

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