Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • President Joe Biden, the author of Promise Me, Dad, tells the story of his extraordinary life and career prior to his emergence as Barack Obama’s beloved, influential vice president.
“I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling.”—Joe Biden 

Joe Biden has both witnessed and participated in a momentous epoch of American history. In Promises to Keep, Joe Biden reveals what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government.

With his customary candor and wit, Biden movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; overcoming personal tragedy, life-threatening illness, and career setbacks; his relationships with presidents, with world leaders, and with 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—to work to make people’s lives better; to honor family and faith; to value persistence, candor, and honesty—are the foundation on which he has based his life’s work as husband, father, and public servant.

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 . . . Biden is a master storyteller and has stories worth telling.”The Christian Science Monitor

“A compelling personal story.”The New York Times

“Moving . . . [Biden’s] response to tragedy and near death [is] both admirable and likable.”—Salon

Biographies & Memoirs
Mark Deakins
hr min
September 30
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

pdultra ,

enjoying the audiobook

this is a meaningful, homespun tale of how his politics are informed

highlights are his empathy, fallibility,
and bipartisan character ~ I enjoyed listening to it, and will listen again

striking how a man at the center of everything is so different (better) than many around him 4⭐️

audiofan678 ,

Great Book

I didn't know much about Joe Biden until I read this. It was tragic in places - like when his first wife died - but overall very interesting and helped to give me hope again. If he and Obama are elected, this country will finally have two able, honest and creative leaders.

W.Stanton ,


Great book. A great and moving story. I read this biography in 2007, before the 2008 primaries.

Joe Biden tells a story of principles and ideals. Certainly he does not portray himself as flawless or an ideal himself, but he describes his ideals, what he strives to be. In fact, Joe talks little about himself, rather about those around him, how they have affected him, and the events he experienced in his life. This is not a book of self aggrandizement.

Too often, we forget to assess ourselves, which this book made me do. What do we wnat to be, how close are we, and what must we do to get there. I found this book warm, entertaining and motivating. I am grateful that Joe may be our next Vice President.

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