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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Biden Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739383902
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As a United States senator from Delaware since 1973, Joe Biden has been an intimate witness to the major events of the past four decades and a relentless actor in trying to shape recent American history. He has seen up close the tragic mistake of the Vietnam War, the Watergate and Iran-contra scandals, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, a presidential impeachment, a presidential resignation, and a presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. He’s observed Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and two Bushes wrestling with the presidency; he’s traveled to war zones in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and seen firsthand the devastation of genocide. He played a vital role by standing up to Ronald Reagan’s effort to seat Judge Robert Bork on the Supreme Court, fighting for legislation that protects women against domestic violence, and galvanizing America’s response (and the world’s) to Slobodan Milosevic’s genocidal march in the Balkans. In Promises to Keep, Biden reveals what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government.

With his customary candor, Biden movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware; overcoming a demoralizing stutter; marriage, fatherhood, and the tragic death of his wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi; remarriage and re-forming a family with his second wife, Jill; success and failure in the Senate and on the campaign trail; two life-threatening aneurysms; his relations with fellow 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–the obligation to work to make people’s lives better, to honor family and faith, to get up and do the right thing no matter how hard you’ve been knocked down, to be honest and straightforward, and, above all, to keep your promises–are the foundations on which he has based his life’s work as husband, father, and public servant. 

Promises to Keep is the story of a man who faced down personal challenges and tragedy to become one of our most effective leaders. It is also an intimate series of reflections from a public servant who refuses to be cynical about political leadership, and a testament to the promise of the United States.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Martin Penner | 1/31/2014

    " I read this book to get a better understanding of Joe Biden. In the beginning I wasn't impressed with him but as I continued through the book, I began to admire Joe Biden for the choices he made and his comments. He seems to be a man who admits when he's wrong and takes the advice of others when needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre Keating | 1/26/2014

    " Truth be told, I liked him more before I read this. The beginning was so strong, because it was pure story-telling, and coming from a culture that was similar to my childhood one. Then it became a mea culpa and an extended resume at times. His lifestory is compelling and heartbreaking, but, to protect his family's privacy or not use his tragedy, he avoided some of the more dramatic parts of his life. I get the impression that writing isn't his forte (I'd say he's best talking off the cuff, telling stories rather than giving speeches or writing narrative). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uncleg | 1/20/2014

    " Autobiography from birth to his deciding to run for president a second time in 2008. Midwest Tape, LLC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/25/2013

    " Ah, my boss. I recommend his book to those of you who may not be familiar with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Pouraryan | 12/22/2013

    " With Joe Biden, it is never, ever a dull moment!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risa | 12/15/2013

    " Syracuse Alumni!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 11/27/2013

    " I will now be on my political kick leading up to Nov 4th. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melvago | 11/9/2013

    " Enjoyed reading about Joe Biden. I think he's a good man. Got a little tedious toward the end talking about campaigns, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 7/14/2013

    " Interesting insight into the new VP. It's a pretty good political autobiography. Biden is much more self-aware than I would have expected, and I liked the stories about his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 4/29/2013

    " What I learned from this book is that Joe Biden needs to put a sock in it. He has good intentions but a long history of putting his foot in his mouth. He is so going to embarrass Obama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Gadsden | 10/26/2012

    " I think I've said all that needs saying in my column. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe Kipping | 7/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed the chapters on passing VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act and on the Anita Hill testimony at the Clarence Thomas SCOTUS hearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 4/24/2012

    " As a C-Span junkie I enjoy listening to Sen. Biden's speeches on the Senate floor. I did not realize all the challenges and tragedy he endured in his personal life. His story is inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryanjuliep | 3/9/2012

    " I didn't know a lot about him. This was a very interesting book. He had some real struggles and came out on top! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Jackson | 10/15/2011

    " Good read.. the beginning, early years are especially interesting and a bit faster moving. I have alwasy been a fan of Joe Biden and enjoyed reading this immensely. He is a very interesting man with a great, interesting and at times sad background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 9/16/2011

    " Story of his life growing up into his political career today. Emphasizes the lessons his father taught him of honesty, morality and not making a promise you can't keep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 2/3/2011

    " It was interesting to look at history that I lived through from Biden's perspective, especially the events in the Balkans and the events after 9/11 leading to the war on two fronts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/17/2010

    " With Joe Biden, it is never, ever a dull moment!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uncleg | 10/22/2009

    " Autobiography from birth to his deciding to run for president a second time in 2008. Midwest Tape, LLC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryanjuliep | 3/9/2009

    " I didn't know a lot about him. This was a very interesting book. He had some real struggles and came out on top! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/19/2009

    " A great insight into a great man's life. Very compelling reading, even more so now that he is the Vice President of the USA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/6/2008

    " Interesting insight into the new VP. It's a pretty good political autobiography. Biden is much more self-aware than I would have expected, and I liked the stories about his family. "

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About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.