- Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics is the autobiography of former Vice President and Presidential Candidate Joe Biden. Through his time in politics as a United States Senator, Biden has been at the front line for some of the most tragic and eventful moments in American history.
In Promises to Keep (2007), Joe Biden recounts personal anecdotes from his childhood and long career in politics. He reveals how he was taught by his parents to always follow his convictions, and how he entered politics as an underdog, but quickly built a career in the Senate that spanned four decades.
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In Promises to Keep, Joe Biden reveals what his life experiences in politics have taught him about himself, his colleagues, and government institutions. This book covers family tragedy, life-threatening health scares, and childhood challenges. Throughout, Biden provides the lessons he has learned from each setback. He suggests that people adopt a p...
Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before serving as 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden has been involved in several charitable pursuits by creating the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and the Biden Domestic Policy Institute. Biden is also the De...
Family Car Accident
In 1972, Biden turned 30 and was inaugurated into the Senate. However, soon after his birthday, he learns that his family had been in a car accident. Biden explains that he remained optimistic when traveling in the car to the hospital. However, once he saw his brother’s face, he knew that things were not okay. All three of Biden’s children had been in the car with his wife when the accident happened. Biden’s wife, Neilia, had been killed. Plus, Biden and Neilia’s baby daughter also died. Unde...
Biden’s Second Marriage
Five years after Biden’s first wife passed away, Biden was ready to meet somebody new. He met Jill Jacobs in 1975 when he was 32, and she was 24. Two years later, he asked her to marry him. She was willing to accept, but Biden expected she would want him to leave the Senate. The Senate was having a significant impact on their relationship due to the long hours and constant traveling. Biden was set to tell Bill Frank, a chief political reporter, that he would no longer be re-running for Senate...
“If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people’s lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game.” – Joe Biden
“My own father had always said the measure of a man wasn’t how many times or how hard he got knocked down, but how fast he got back up. I made a pledge to myself that I would get up and emerge from this debacle better for having gone through it. I would live up to the expectation I had for myself. I would be the kind of man I wanted to be.” – Joe B...
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Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics (released in 2007) is a memoir chronicling Joe Biden's life and career in the United States senate (where he represented Delaware from 1973 until he became Vice President in 2009). The book chronicles Biden's thoughts and feelings on some major historical events which he played witness too: the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the fall of the Soviet Union for example.
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 . . .