A biography of Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States: from childhood through the Senate to his election as vice president and, in 2020, as president.
The road to the presidency of the United States was a long—and determined—one for Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. From Joe’s childhood in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, his close-knit, devoted family gave him the foundation that would guide him through life. His family’s unwavering support bolstered Joe when he was bullied for stuttering, attended law school, and became a public defender.
They encouraged Joe when he pursued a career in politics and became the sixth youngest senator in US history. They consoled him when he suffered the devastating loss of his first wife and baby daughter and years later the death of his eldest son, Beau. And they cheered Joe when he served two vice presidential terms with President Barrack Obama.
After a lifetime marked by perseverance, integrity, and accomplishment, Joe Biden and running mate, Kamala Harris, won the 2020 presidential election. And standing by his side each and every step of the way was his wife Jill, his children, and his grandchildren—his family.
In 15 chapters, this timely biography of Joe Biden offers an endorsing portrait of the incoming president. Gormley (John McCain: An American Hero) successfully captures Biden's character, sketching the boyhood leadership abilities that emerged in Scranton, Pa., and Wilmington, Del.; exploring his early political ambitions, which led him to write at age 12 about wanting to become president; and including endearing details about the natural athlete, who was prone to getting into scrapes and "couldn't resist a dare." Gormley establishes Biden's strong loyalty to family and commitment to public service, highlighting some of his personal trials, including navigating his stutter, the tragic deaths of his first wife and daughter, and the loss of his oldest son to cancer many years later. While the writing can bog down in political machination in its coverage of Biden's time in local government, the Senate, his several runs at the presidency, and his vice presidency, Gormley's personal angles shine strongest, and interspersed essays about topics such as civil and voting rights and the Supreme Court contextualize events and underscore complicated issues. An informative introduction that effectively frames the challenges ahead. Ages 8 12. \n