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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.

©2017 CelticCapri Corp (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"This audiobook is a listening experience in which the author/narrator opens his heart. Vice President Joe Biden, a practiced orator, delivers his memoir with empathy, passion, and the occasional smattering of regret." (AudioFile)

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Powerful!

The Biden story will stay in my heart forever. Deeply touched by their sense of family and willingness to fight in this tragedy filled life. How does one go on? You just do it. An inspiration.

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An honor to be privy to the Biden's tragedy

A well written expression of the love that Joe Biden has for his family, deepened during the illness and subsequent death of his older son. Such a caring man.

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Purpose and duty

The Biden family, just next to the Kennedy family, has wandered really dark valleys over their history. Despite that Joe Biden, driven also by his Kids' deepest values, never backed down to fulfill his duty to not just the people of the USA, but also people of the whole world. Even when facing darkest moments, he felt it was his duty to serve and it gave him purpose to help shaping a better world to live in. Throughout his complete reading you can feel his honest and powerful emotions shortly taking control while he presses on to lay out how Obama, he and the best of the world's leaders tried to bring a brighter future for everyone. This book will restore your faith in the good force naturally found in us and there is a rare type of political actors not corrupted by power and money.

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