Promise Me, Dad

Promise Me, Dad

A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Book - 2017
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The former vice-president of the United States chronicles the difficult final year of his son's battle with cancer, his efforts to balance his responsibilities to the country and his family, and the lessons he learned.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250171672 (hardcover)
9781250183941 (signed edition)
Call Number: 973.932 BIDEN


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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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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 . . . .

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.

Dec 21, 2017


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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