"BIDEN IS A MASTER STORYTELLER AND HAS STORIES WORTH TELLING": FIRST EDITION OF PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PROMISES TO KEEP, SIGNED BY HIM
BIDEN, Joe. Promises to Keep. On Life and Politics. New York: Random House, 2007. Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket.
First edition, later printing of President Biden's first book, signed by him on the title page.
In Promises to Keep Biden writes of his years as Delaware's Senator, his brief 1987 bid for the presidency and his decades of experience in government, as well as his talent for gaffes that have sparked political mayhem. Praised on publication in July 2007, Biden's first book won quick praise as "a ripping good read… Biden is a master storyteller and has stories worth telling" (Christian Science Monitor). In its pages, he also writes of a life that has known much sorrow. Soon after his election as senator, Biden was in Washington interviewing staff when he got a call. His first wife and their infant daughter were killed in a car accident, leaving him alone to raise their two sons. "Biden left his sons' hospital room only for the memorial service… he was sworn in at their bedside and arrived in Washington a hollow man" (New York Times). "As the years passed, the tragedy receded in people's memories, only to resurface when Biden, at a publisher's insistence, included the story of the accident" in Promises to Keep (New York Times). Writing of his subsequent marriage to Jill Jacobs, he simply notes: "she gave me back my life." First edition, fourth printing, with "4" the lowest number on the number line on the copyright page. Presentation card from the desk of the Vice President, signed "Amy"—possibly Amy Dudley, who served as Vice President Biden's Deputy Press Secretary beginning in 2011.
Mild sunning to edges of boards and dust jacket. An about-fine signed copy.