'While this would be a difficult fight, there was hope'

By David Canfield
November 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST
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Rumors are swirling about Joe Biden’s political future, but for now, the former vice president is dedicating his attention to his beautiful, deeply personal new book, Promise Me, Dad.

Spanning the year between the Thanksgivings of 2014 and 2015 — during which time Biden’s elder son, Beau Biden, died after previously being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor — the book is a memoir of hope, purpose, and legacy. “Promise me, Dad,” Beau told his father in November 2014. “Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right.”

Biden gave his word, and the ensuing reflection represents his often-difficult attempt to make good on it. In an exclusive audio clip provided by Audible, Biden’s heartfelt, intimate narration traces the very beginning of that journey, as he recounts the moments after Beau first received his diagnosis. “I gathered everybody into the little hallway outside of Beau’s room, and Dr. Young explained again that while this would be a difficult fight, there was hope,” he says. “I think he was looking at Beau when he said it, but the message was intended for the rest of us: We should not let this disease take over our entire existence.”

Listen to the excerpt above. Promise Me, Dad is now available for purchase in hardcover and on Audible.