Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden
A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
Joe Biden’s touching memoir, Promise Me, Dad chronicles the last year of his son Beau’s life and his battle with brain cancer amid the backdrop of national and world affairs in 2014 and 2015. The straight-talking Biden you’ve seen as Senator and Vice President translates well in print- he is as direct and authentic here as he is on TV. History buffs will appreciate his unique vantage point reviewing the the important events of that period (Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the war in Iraq, the Charleston church massacre to name a few) as well as the machinations of preparing a political run (Biden was strongly considering running for the Oval Office in 2016). However, I was drawn more to the personal accounts in the book having recently navigated the labyrinth of our health care system for a loved one with a terminal illness. Beau was, by all accounts, a remarkable man in his own right; he was ascending politically and many felt a strong contender for a Presidential bid in the near future. This is a quick read but a worthy tribute from a grieving father to his son.
Review by Sarah Ehrenson