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Promise Me, Dad

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Summary

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country. In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 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 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 15 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 12 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 listeners 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. Note: this Audible Exclusive includes a powerful interview – only available here – between Joe Biden and award-winning journalist, Mike Barnicle. Their discussion contextualizes the memoir’s wide-ranging themes, while also touching upon the presidential election, current events, and what it means to grapple with profound grief. Tickets for Vice President Biden’s American Promise Tour are on sale now. For more details visit JoeBidenBook.com.

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Narrator: Joe Biden
Author: Joe Biden
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Conversations with Joe

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Conversations with Joe presents the edited highlights of Vice President Joe Biden’s 29 city US tour, in which he speaks candidly about his son Beau’s remarkable life and the hope and purpose the Biden family found in carrying on Beau’s work after he lost his battle with brain cancer. The conversations feature a kaleidoscopic assortment of American leaders, artists, performers and writers - including Man Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders, late night talk-show host Stephen Colbert, television actress Constance Wu, philanthropist Melinda Gates, Tony-winning Hamilton costar Leslie Odom Jr., and Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. These compelling, off-the-cuff conversations are designed to amplify Biden’s powerful message of unity and promise in heartfelt and entertaining fashion for Audible listeners.

©2018 Joseph Biden, Audible Originals LLC (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Narrator: Joe Biden
Author: Joe Biden
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Promises to Keep

Summary

New York Times Best Seller Joe Biden, the author of Promise Me, Dad, tells the story of his extraordinary life and career prior to his emergence as Barack Obama’s beloved, influential vice president. “Nearly 40 years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling.” - Joe Biden For more than 45 years, Vice President Joe Biden has both witnessed and participated in a momentous epoch of American history. In Promises to Keep, Joe Biden reveals what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government. With his customary candor and wit, Biden movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; overcoming personal tragedy, life-threatening illness, and career setbacks; his relationships with presidents, with world leaders, and with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle; and his leadership of powerful Senate committees. Through these and other recollections, Biden describes how the guiding principles he learned early in life - to work to make people’s lives better; to honor family and faith; to value persistence, candor, and honesty - are the foundation on which he has based his life’s work as husband, father, and public servant. Promises to Keep is an intimate series of reflections from a public servant who surmounted numerous challenges to become one of our most effective leaders and who refuses to be cynical about politics. It is also a stirring testament to the promise of the United States. Praise for Promises to Keep “A ripping good read...Biden is a master storyteller and has stories worth telling.” (The Christian Science Monitor) “A compelling personal story.” (The New York Times) “Moving...[Biden’s] response to tragedy and near death [is] both admirable and likable.” (Salon)

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Narrator: Mark Deakins
Author: Joe Biden
Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible