Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

Promise Me, Dad

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 much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had...

Details Promise Me, Dad

TitlePromise Me, Dad
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Politics, Nonfiction, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Promise Me, Dad

  • Christy
    5 stars! “I try to be mindful, at all times, of what a difference a small human gesture can make to people in need. What does it really cost to take a moment to look someone in the eye, to give him a hug, to let her know, I get it. You’re not alone?” 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...
  • Elyse
    Reading this extraordinary memoir was so beautifully written- unsentimental-but very sad - and searingly honest....I regret not having read it sooner. The most poignant sections of this book for me were the family relationships and the intricacies of Beau’s disease, glioblastoma, ....the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain. “There was a new crises in Iraq that day, and it needed my attention. Although I knew it was my responsibil...
  • Cheri
    “I need some distractionOh, beautiful releaseMemories seep from my veins“And maybe emptyOh, and weightless, and maybeI'll find some peace tonight”In the arms of the angelFly away from hereFrom this dark cold hotel roomAnd the endlessness that you fearYou are pulled from the wreckageOf your silent reverieYou're in the arms of the angelMay you find some comfort here” -- Angel, lyrics by Sarah McLachlan”Rules for Happiness: something to d...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Promise Me, DadA Year of Hope, Hardship, and PurposeBy: Joe BidenNarrated by: Joe BidenThis is a book I really liked and it moved me emotionally. I have to admit, I have always liked Joe Biden. He says what he thinks and to hell with it. He has a good moral background. America, family, and common sense are the key phrases I think of when I think of Joe. You may disagree but that's ok, read the book and write your own review. This is mine.He is co...
  • Rincey
    How do I convince Joe Biden to write an entire book about his friendship with Obama?See my talk about this briefly in my April wrap up:
  • Matt
    At a time when many politicians climb onto soap boxes and publish pieces to extol their own greatness, former Vice-President Joe Biden released this short book that seeks to rise above the fray and offer a story of hope, despair, and personal reflection. It is perhaps the first book I have read where a politician talks of their choice to turn away from high office, but it is much more than that, as the attentive and dedicated reader will discover...
  • Erin
    I absolutely love Joe Biden.In 2015 I donated money to a SuperPac that was trying to convince Joe to run for President. I truly believe that had he run he would have beat both Hillary and 45. Just think about how different our country would be right now. No Congressional investigations, no special prosecutor, and no indictments. Our country would still be respected among our allies. I was deeply disappointed when Joe decided not to run but I comp...
  • 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 bo...
  • abby
    This is the inspiring story of how Joe Biden channels the grief over losing his son, Beau, into a successful campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Propelled by a promise he made to his late son to continue his path of public service, and boosted by his extraordinary accomplishments as vice-president, Biden outmaneuvered the massive political machine backing a well-financed Hillary Clinton to win the nomination and take on Donald Trump.Exce...
  • Truman32
    Reading Joe Biden’s Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose I was reminded again how great it was to have Biden-as thoughtful, compassionate, and smart as anyone you are likely to meet --as our 45th President. I mean, wow, we really dodged a bullet there. Just think; the current President of the United States of America could be an outdated, narcissistic jackass who is more concerned with his social media accounts, lying about hi...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Joe Biden was into his second term as vice-president of the United States when his son Beau was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As the Biden family was gathering together in Nantucket for Thanksgiving, it was to be their last with Beau but they did not know this yet. Amid national and international crises vice-president Biden was preoccupied and as the health of his son grew more uncertain, even more so. There was also the question as to wether he ...
  • Jean
    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...
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.To me, this book was an explanation. Perhaps an apology, but mainly an explanation about why he chose not to run. And, I don't have much to say about this book. It's incredibly well-written and insanely moving. Between bouncing about domestic and foreign problems that came up during this period (2014-2016), it also covers his son's, Beau, battle with cancer that he eventually lost.And, yes, I...
  • 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 cal...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Really was curious about this book. It was so heartfelt and genuine. I definitely recommend!
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Linda
    This was an emotional read. A personal look at love, family, loss and grief. I’ve always respected Joe Biden and his core beliefs. Losing a child, I don’t know of anything worse.
  • Nancy
    I enjoyed reading this book. Although the focus is on the Biden family and how it reacted to the illness and death of Beau Biden, Vice President Biden tells the story in context of his public life as Vice President.The Biden family's committment to excellence, the bedrock of faith they draw from, and their deeply committed love for each other is an inspirational read. Biden talks about his accomplishments as Vice President, the relationship forge...
  • 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.
  • Book Seller GV
    Full of heartbreak and full of hope, the former Vice President's book on his son's last year is incredible. You'll probably cry, but you'll also be inspired.
  • Susan
    This book was excellent and absolutely gut wrenching even though I knew what was going to happen. I definitely cried while reading this. I especially found the parts about Beau’s brother, Hunter to be so extremely sad.
  • Emily
    I don't follow politics closely. Based on the title, I was expecting more personal stories rather than a recount of Biden's time in office. I also thought that he would address his son Hunter's relationship with Beau's widow. Overall, it was boring and self indulgent. However, the reflection of Beau's death was very poignant.
  • Alisa
    Heartbreaking yet hopeful on multiple levels. The former Vice President is someone the public has come to know as a man of authenticity and conviction, both of which resonate throughout this book. It is a memoir of his last year in office that coincided with his son Beau's illness and eventual passing from an aggressive brain cancer. Biden talks openly of dealing with the deep sense of loss one experiences in the passing of a loved one. His first...
  • Robin Case
    OK, I give props to Biden for honesty with regards to his family. Writing is mostly alright. Nothing special but adequate.
  • Dee's Books
    A must read !5 stars for this inspiring and heartfelt read! *****
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    This memoir is a deep dive into heartache, family, and politics. Strange bedfellows, to be sure. But Joe Biden has a fierce dedication to family and country. For every chapter about the rigors of the Vice Presidency (Joe logged a million air miles in eight years), there are two about his son Beau’s battle with cancer. Their family pulls together beside each other for the battle of a lifetime. Tissues needed. Full review at
  • Maria
    Did two things this week: Took our first trip to FL. and read a GREAT book while I was there. Joe Biden's "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose" lives up to the title. From the get-go, it was as though Mr. Biden was reading it to me. I could hear his voice as I devoured the pages. I felt his pain, anguished over the decisions he faced, cried as decisions were out of his hands. From it, I gained a new respect for him as a man, fat...