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Promises to keep—A must read

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M Sharif Rana

Sometimes, everything may not be the same as it looks. Even the world’s most powerful men may have many grieves and sorrows. This can be best understood by the story of newly elected US president Joe Biden. In the very start of his political career, he lost his wife and daughter whom he loved the most. This broke him inside. But he had to stand up for America and rest of the world. Who knew at that time that this inside broken senator would be US president one day?

I have currently finished his book titled “Promises to keep on life and politics”. Starting from his brought up, schooling and early life career; the writer describes many historical events including Afghan-US and Iraq-US war. The book also describes his struggle from an ordinary lawyer to becoming senator and then Chairman Judiciary Committee.

Dale Carnegie said, “If you want to become a politician, learn how to make a speech.” But it sounds strange if somebody who stammers while speaking becomes a successful politician and then president of a super power. Same happened with the writer. He describes his story of having stutter in his early childhood and being laughed at by Fellows in school. The book explains how he overcame this. How he struggled and practiced speaking before mirror. Without it, he could never speak before public.

Moreover, except losing his beloved wife and daughter, fighting brain aneurysm is another major incident in writer’s personal life. For its treatment, he had to undergo brain surgery which could result in permanently disability to speak. I still cannot forget how he loved his kids last time before his brain surgery, as there were also rare chances for surgery to be successful and his survival after that.

The story of his extraordinary life struggle and then achieving success is a motivation for all. Sometimes during journey to success, a man may also have to lose his wife and daughter. Biden’s story tells us to not lose hope and how to fight again even after the death of beloved wife and daughter.

“Promises to keep” covers many historical events as well as personal struggle and political history of then Senator and now president Joe Biden.  Many historical events like Iraq-USA war and Afghanistan- USA war after 9/11 have also been discussed in the book.

The book also describes how it was hard for writer to pass the violence against women act (VAWA). He had to face much opposition regarding passing the act. Moreover, how he defended himself against accusation of plagiarism in law schools in yet another story, worth to be studied. This scandal left behind his presidential campaign in 80’s.

In short, the book is a must read for students  of Political Science, International Relations and Journalism, for journalists, lawyers, judges, politicians and policy makers. It is also recommended for those who keep an eye over international affairs.

To conclude, it can be said that, Joe Biden is a good story teller. He has always been a good for American people and nation. But now, as presidency his duties have increased and no one knows what his foreign policy for Pakistan and rest of the world will be. May he be good for Pakistan and others too!

The writer of this article is a student of law at Punjab University Law College and can be reached at MShareef844@gmail.com

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