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Joe Biden : The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now – Evan Osnos

JOE BIDEN : The Life, The Run, And What Matters Now

Evan Osnos


The Balanced Picture of Joe Biden Biography

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ISBN 9781982174026
Book Condition LIKE NEW
Publisher Scribner Book Company
Publication Date 27 Oct 2020
Pages 192
Weight 0.43 kg
Dimension 22 × 14.5 × 2 cm
Retail Price RM86.90
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A concise, brilliant, and trenchant examination of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s successful lifelong quest for the presidency by National Book Award winner Evan Osnos.
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been called both the luckiest man and the unluckiest—fortunate to have sustained a fifty-year political career that reached the White House, but also marked by deep personal losses and disappointments that he has suffered.
Yet even as Biden’s life has been shaped by drama, it has also been powered by a willingness, rare at the top ranks of politics, to confront his shortcomings, errors, and reversals of fortune. As he says, “Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.” His trials have forged in him a deep empathy for others in hardship—an essential quality as he leads America toward recovery and renewal.

Blending up-close journalism and broader context, Evan Osnos, who won the National Book Award in 2014, draws on nearly a decade of reporting for The New Yorker to capture the characters and meaning of 2020’s extraordinary presidential election. It is based on lengthy interviews with Biden and on revealing conversations with more than a hundred others, including President Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and a range of activists, advisers, opponents, and Biden family members.
This portrayal illuminates Biden’s long and eventful career in the Senate, his eight years as Obama’s vice president, his sojourn in the political wilderness after being passed over for Hillary Clinton in 2016, his decision to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency, and his choice of Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Osnos ponders the difficulties Biden faces as his presidency begins and weighs how a changing country, a deep well of experiences, and a rigorous approach to the issues, have altered his positions. In this nuanced portrait, Biden emerges as flawed, yet resolute, and tempered by the flame of tragedy—a man who just may be uncannily suited for his moment in history.
A New Yorker staff writer profiles Joe Biden (b. 1942) as a historic election looms.
In this brief biography, National Book Award winner Osnos profiles the man who has “arrived at his season of history” in America’s most consequential presidential campaign in decades. The author clearly admires his subject, though he oddly begins his account of the man who would be the oldest president in U.S. history with the aneurysm Biden suffered in 1988.
“Biden is seventy-seven years old,” writes Osnos, “and he looks thinner than he did six years ago, but not markedly so. He has parted with youth grudgingly.” The author takes us through several well-worn Biden themes: the tragic deaths of his first wife and daughter and son Beau; his stutter; controversial roles in the Clarence Thomas hearings and the 1994 crime bill; and tendency for candor and gaffes and being thoughtlessly affectionate toward women.
Osnos also highlights some gems about which many readers would undoubtedly like to learn more—e.g., his early career as a public defender; “contempt for the corrupting glad-handing of Washington”; his hard work honing his oratory skills. Many readers will be intrigued by the author’s portrayal of Biden’s dynamics with Barack Obama. Biden insisted on being able to join whatever important meetings he chose to and, unlike many vice presidents, secured an office in the West Wing.
The book concludes with Biden’s plans for his presidency—not just policy, but also his commitment, after the horribly divisive Trump years, to “unify the nation” with “a language of healing.” Mostly drawn from the author’s New Yorker pieces, the text retains the feel of the originals, which occasionally detracts from the cohesion of the narrative. This book may age fast, but if you need a rapid and readable Biden briefing, it’s for you.
An early political obituary or insights into the 46th president of the United States?
About the Author :
Evan Osnos has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008. His most recent book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, won the National Book Award, among other honors. Previously he reported from China, Iraq, and elsewhere for the Chicago Tribune, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, DC.
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