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Promises to Keep On Life and Politics (Paperback)

Author:  Joe Biden
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812976215
ISBN-13: 9780812976212
Sku: 209198538
Publish Date: 9/2/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  365
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In Promises to Keep, the 2008 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Senator Joseph Biden, shows how the guiding principles he learned early in life are the foundations upon which he has based his life’s work as a husband, father, and public servant. He offers a much-needed voice in this time of political upheaval--a voice that Americans will be looking to more than ever in the months to come. An 8-page insert of personal photos is featured.
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Traces the political and personal life of the Delaware senator, discussing the untimely deaths of his first wife and daughter, his presidential campaigns, and his hopes for the future.“Nearly forty 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. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”
–Joe Biden

As a United States senator from Delaware since 1973, Joe Biden has been an intimate witness to the major events of the past four decades and a relentless actor in trying to shape recent American history. He has seen up close the tragic mistake of the Vietnam War, the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a presidential impeachment, a presidential resignation, and a presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. He’s observed Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and two Bushes wrestling with the presidency; he’s traveled to war zones in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and seen firsthand the devastation of genocide. He played a vital role by standing up to Ronald Reagan’s effort to seat Judge Robert Bork on the Supreme Court, fighting for legislation that protects women against domestic violence, and galvanizing America’s response (and the world’s) to Slobodan Milosevic’s genocidal march in the Balkans. In Promises to Keep, Biden reveals what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government.

With his customary candor, Biden movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; overcoming a demoralizing stutter; marriage, fatherhood, and the tragic death of his wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi; remarriage and re-forming a family with his second wife, Jill; success and failure in the Senate and on the campaign trail; two life-threatening aneurysms; his relations with fellow 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–the obligation to work to make people’s lives better, to honor family and faith, to get up and do the right thing no matter how hard you’ve been knocked down, to be honest and straightforward, and, above all, to keep your promises–are the foundations on which he has based his life’s work as husband, father, and public servant.

Promises to Keep is the story of a man who faced down personal challenges and tragedy to become one of our most effective leaders. It is also an intimate series of reflections from a public servant who refuses to be cynical about political leadership, and a testament to the promise of the United States.


From the Hardcover edition.
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The distinguished senator from Delaware, Joseph Biden, looks back on his many life experiences and especially on the political education he received through nearly four decades in Congress. Born into a Catholic, middle class family., Biden grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then Wilmington, Delaware, where he learned the basic values that sustained him throughout his life and career. An eyewitness to much turbulent American history, Biden was an outspoken liberal senator, and here he shares some of his many anecdotes about people and power. Looking back at it all, he acknowledges the flaws within the system, yet remains a staunch believer in public service and the common good.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0365
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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