Published weeks before the 2020 election, Osnos's brisk book offers a nuanced portrayal of a candidate on the cusp of the White House. Biden's near half-century in politics includes gaffes and missteps, but also abundant examples of a man dedicated to the common good. — Mike Hare
Este libro logra dimensionar con destreza al hombre y al pol tico, para presentar un retrato inaudito del candidato dem crata . The Washington Post El reconocido periodista Evan Osnos, ganador de los premios Pulitzer y National Book Award, combina su minuciosa investigaci n con el tono ntimo de las entrevistas que sostuvo con Joe Biden en varias ocasiones. Osnos logra revelar los matices del personaje a trav's de m's de un centenar de conversaciones con figuras como Barack Obama y miembros de la familia Biden, activistas y oponentes ideol gicos. Esta biograf a ilumina la vida personal del hombre que perdi a su familia en un accidente automovil stico, a la vez que muestra una admirable trayectoria pol tica: su carrera en el Senado, sus ocho a os como vicepresidente de Estados Unidos en el gobierno de Obama y su decisi n de postularse a la presidencia por el Partido Dem crata. El retrato m's completo y brillante del hombre con el poder de frenar a Trump. El fracaso en alg n punto de la vida es inevitable, pero darse por vencido es imperdonable . Joe Biden ==================================================================================================== 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-elect 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 Senator 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.