Promises to Keep
On Life and Politics
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Democratic presidential candidate 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.
"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
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 shows us 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
Joe Biden was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 and served there until 2009, when he assumed the office of vice president under Barack Obama. He grew up in New Castle County, Delaware, and graduated from the University of Delaware and the Syracuse University College of Law. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware.