Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

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 muc...

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  • Leslie

    I am not putting this down because it’s not a good book. I was and am interested in it. But I think I need to try later. My uncle passed away from the same type of cancer as Joe’s son. Around the same time too. It’s just a little much right now.

  • Nathan Pienta

    I love this book it really help me understand Joe Biden better than I had before. The timeline of events and the way the book was written flowed very well. The book did not wander or meander and stayed very personal.

  • Jami

    I can relate to this book, as my sister passed away from the same glio cancer that Beau had. I can definitely relate to Joe Biden's description of the feelings when they heard the dreaded glio diagnosis to some of the struggles that he went through watching this happen. One thing that struck me was that my sister died 10 years before, and yet, while there are new treatments available, the outcome is still the same and the prognosis is poor.

    While I do not pretend to be able to understand the pres

    I can relate to this book, as my sister passed away from the same glio cancer that Beau had. I can definitely relate to Joe Biden's description of the feelings when they heard the dreaded glio diagnosis to some of the struggles that he went through watching this happen. One thing that struck me was that my sister died 10 years before, and yet, while there are new treatments available, the outcome is still the same and the prognosis is poor.

    While I do not pretend to be able to understand the pressures Mr. Biden faced dealing with the demands of the Vice Presidency, I do understand what its like to have to deal with life demands when watching a loved one die. He dealt with the conflict of work pressures and public life with wanting to be with his son; my conflict was on a lesser scale, but is was very real nevertheless. I was in the process of studying for the bar exam when they stopped treatments on my sister. I was going to forego the bar that time around and take it later so I could spend time with her, but she told me that if I did that, she would kill me. So, I did take it and I was happy that she knew that I did that.

    While Beau's illness and the Biden family were the focal points of this book, there were also glimpses into the life of a Vice President. I found his insights into his relationship with Mr. Obama to be particularly interesting; I knew they were close and had respect for one another publicly, and I was glad to see that they had the same relationship privately.

  • Christy

    Joe Biden is one of those people who have lived an incredible life. He’s done a lot in his lifetime, but he’s also lost a lot. Yet he still manages to be a fun and lovable guy who doesn’t lose his faith and looks on the bright-side.

    After listeni

    Joe Biden is one of those people who have lived an incredible life. He’s done a lot in his lifetime, but he’s also lost a lot. Yet he still manages to be a fun and lovable guy who doesn’t lose his faith and looks on the bright-side.

    After listening to this audio book (which was narrated by Joe himself) I have a new level of respect for him. If I would have lived his life, I don’t think I would have had the same strength he’s had. 

This is a powerful book. A story of one man’s life, his journey, the obstacles he overcame and all the loss he’s had. It’s a book that made me cry loads, but also gave me a lot of hope. I adore Joe Biden and I recommend this touching and heartfelt memoir to all!

  • Cynthia

    Disappointing. I hesitated to give this a 3 star rating, feeling it's more 2 - 2.5.

    Let me preface my review by saying in no way does my opinion on this book reflect my political leanings. I happen to like Joe Biden. I thought he was a great VP. I have the utmost respect for him, for his longstanding career, and my heart goes out to him and his family over the loss of Beau, and previously, his first wife and daughter.

    I hesitate to criticize a book being plugged as a book about the last year of

    Disappointing. I hesitated to give this a 3 star rating, feeling it's more 2 - 2.5.

    Let me preface my review by saying in no way does my opinion on this book reflect my political leanings. I happen to like Joe Biden. I thought he was a great VP. I have the utmost respect for him, for his longstanding career, and my heart goes out to him and his family over the loss of Beau, and previously, his first wife and daughter.

    I hesitate to criticize a book being plugged as a book about the last year of Beau Biden's life. Mixed feelings about doing so, I do not intend any disrespect or diminish the loss, but an honest review is always required regardless of the subject.

    This book feels much more "look at all the great things I did that year" with a little bit of looking at that last year of Beau's life thrown in. I thought this would be more about the family that year. It wasn't.

    While reading about Joe's part in the Ukraine-Russia crisis, Iraq and the Northern Triangle was interesting, I didn't pick this book up to read about all the amazing and miraculous things Joe was achieving by his stellar diplomacy. It felt very, very much like he was laying out his case as to why he would be worthy President come 2020. He talked quite a bit about his potential 2016 run, naming numerous people - celebrity to political to steel worker, who would back him in the run, how everyone was convinced he'd win. Wow. Totally disagree on that one. He had run previously, didn't work out. People now hated the Dem's even more, no way would they tag the VP as the next Pres. they wanted change. He did not reflect change.

    The writings about Beau's fight and the family as a whole were well written. They are clearly a tight knit, loving, supportive family. You would want to know them, be in their inner circle. I was troubled with how little he wrote about Beau's wife Hallie. When Beau was going through various testing, chemo, radiation and so on, Joe would go on & on about how Hunter, his second son, was always by Beau's side. Where was Hallie? He mentioned her being there once or twice but the overall it was intimated she wasn't in the picture. I find it hard to believe she wasn't there at he husband's side. That she wasn't included in the decision making, to hear Joe tell it it was Beau and Hunter, no one else. That felt unfair to her. Who knows? Maybe she didn't have as integral a role in being there as a spouse normally would, but that would be surprising.

    At times he wasn't as glowing about President Obama as I would have expected. It felt as though he harbors resentment that Obama was pushing him to not run for office, that Obama was leaning towards Hillary almost from the get go. During their weekly lunches Obama would often inquire if Joe had made a decision on entering the race. Joe was taking so long to make a decision, while understanding to a degree, it had to have been irritating to those needing an answer on whether they should move forward in building a campaign. I think one person should have said to Joe "If it's taking you this long to decide, that's your decision. The time isn't right".

    Mark my words he runs in 2020. He's laying the groundwork right now.

  • Amanda

    Joe Biden is one of my favorite people in the world. Period. He is REAL and honest and CARES. I teared up anytime he wrote about his son’s last days or his late wife and daughter’s death. To have been through SO MUCH and still have strength of character and faith is so admirable to me. HE GIVES HIS PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER to basically complete strangers who are grieving losses so they can call him whenever they need to talk! And people call him! I just. He is so great, and this book is such a

    Joe Biden is one of my favorite people in the world. Period. He is REAL and honest and CARES. I teared up anytime he wrote about his son’s last days or his late wife and daughter’s death. To have been through SO MUCH and still have strength of character and faith is so admirable to me. HE GIVES HIS PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER to basically complete strangers who are grieving losses so they can call him whenever they need to talk! And people call him! I just. He is so great, and this book is such a sad, poignant, HOPEFUL, inspiring read.

  • Jean Poulos

    The memoir by Joe Biden covers his last year as vice president and the tragedy of his son’s death His son, Beau, was the Attorney General of Delaware and was planning on running for governor of Delaware when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This is not Joe Biden’s first family tragedy. When Joe was first elected Senator from Delaware, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. His two sons, Beau age three and Hunter age two, were in the back seat. They were injured but survived the

    The memoir by Joe Biden covers his last year as vice president and the tragedy of his son’s death His son, Beau, was the Attorney General of Delaware and was planning on running for governor of Delaware when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. This is not Joe Biden’s first family tragedy. When Joe was first elected Senator from Delaware, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. His two sons, Beau age three and Hunter age two, were in the back seat. They were injured but survived the crash. Biden provided a good overview of the ongoing research of glioblastoma brain cancer.

    The book is well written, but I found it to be an emotional book to read. I wished there had been more about Beau’s family particularly his wife, Hallie. Biden spoke of his grandchild but little was mentioned about Hallie. But I understand how difficult it must have been for Biden to write. Biden provided an overview of his last year as vice president along with some insights about people he worked with.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is almost eight hours long. Joe Biden narrated the book.

  • Janet

    PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020!!!!!!!

    That aside --- I enjoyed this book, although he neatly and tidily left out what is going on with Beau's widow and his other son, Hunter. (he had time as he mentions at the end of the book that it is the summer of 2017 as he finishes said book --- given that he supports the relationship why leave it out....??)

    FYI for those not in the know.

    The widow of Joe Biden’s late son Beau Biden has started a romantic relationship with Beau’s brother Hunter Biden, the f

    PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020!!!!!!!

    That aside --- I enjoyed this book, although he neatly and tidily left out what is going on with Beau's widow and his other son, Hunter. (he had time as he mentions at the end of the book that it is the summer of 2017 as he finishes said book --- given that he supports the relationship why leave it out....??)

    FYI for those not in the know.

    The widow of Joe Biden’s late son Beau Biden has started a romantic relationship with Beau’s brother Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s younger son.

    Hallie was devastated when her husband, Beau, died after suffering from brain cancer in May 2015. But she has since struck up a romance with Beau’s brother Hunter, 47, who has separated from his wife, Kathleen. We’re told Hallie and Hunter are now officially a couple.

    The astonishing family drama caps a difficult period for the Bidens following the death of Beau at age 46. The former vice president cited the death of his elder son as one of the reasons he decided in October 2015 against running for president.

    Former Vice President Biden confirmed the relationship to Page Six and said that he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have given their blessing to the couple.

    He told us in an exclusive statement, “We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”

    Hunter, a lawyer who has three daughters — called Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy — with estranged wife Kathleen, also told Page Six, “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”

    Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, and Hallie have two children, named Natalie and, confusingly, Hunter.

    A source told us that the elder Hunter and Kathleen Biden separated in October 2015, five months after Beau’s death and around the time that Joe Biden decided not to make a presidential run. It is not clear if the estranged couple has yet filed for divorce.

    Kathleen, chairwoman of the DC-based Eleanor Roosevelt Dialogue, didn’t comment.

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    A heart wrenching story

    Rtc

    A strong, family bond

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