Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
Promise Me, Dad is a deeply moving memoir about the year that would change both a family and a country for ever. 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. But this year felt different. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and his survival was uncertain. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Biden's life and career. As Vice President, Biden travelled more than 100,000 miles that year, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America and Iraq. For 12 months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, Biden 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 deep bonds with his family, on his faith and on his deepening friendship with Barack Obama. A remarkable insight into a sitting President.