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11:27, 12 January 2018

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

There are hundreds of great true crime books out there. There is something about reading one that sends chills down your spine. Of course, fictional crime books are a great read as well, but knowing what you are reading actually happened in real life makes the book much more interesting. This guideline will provide you with an overview of three of the best true crime books ever written that are a must read for any book fanatic. If you would like to purchase any of the books that are mentioned in this guideline, check out online stores like and

1. “My Sister is Missing: Bringing A Killer To Justice”

“My Sister is Missing: Bringing A Killer To Justice” was written by Sherri Gladden-Davis and Brad Crawford. This book was released in 2005 and is 320 pages long. It follows the story of the disappearance of Fran Gladden-Davis, who is the sister to Sherri. Fran was living in Princeton, New Jersey, at the time and for some odd reason, the police allowed the Gladden-Davis family to be involved in the investigation. The main suspect in the disappearance of Fran was John David Smith III, Fran’s husband. Sherri tells the story of how she followed John across the United States trying to get the evidence that was needed to send him to jail.

2. “Death Cruise”

Donald A. Davis is the author of “Death Cruise,” which was released in 1996. “Death Cruise” follows the story of Ohioan Joan Rogers and her two daughters. She met a friendly boat owner named Oba Chandler, and despite her fear for water, decided to accept his invitation to go on a ride with him in Tampa Bay. Little did she know that he had a reputation for using and discarding women. As the boat reached the Gulf of Mexico, Oba Chandler turned his boat off and transformed himself into a sadistic torturer. This crime book tells the story of how a team of top notch detectives and Oba Chandler’s neighbors were able to convict him of the crimes that he committed and send him to jail on a death penalty verdict.

3. “Under the Bridge”

Rebecca Godfrey, the author of “Under the Bridge,” released the book in 2005. This book is about a murder that took place in a small town in British Columbia in November 1997. The victim, Reena Virk, ended up being alienated from her Indian family and spent time trying to find a place with a bad crowd of teenagers. One of the girls from the crowd held a grudge against Reena, who ended up being beaten and drowned under a bridge. Although seven girls and one boy were charged with assault, only Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard were convicted of murder. It took three trials to convict Ellard, but she was finally sent to jail in 2005.


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My father. During my entire life, my father ran three separate businesses: he was a stockbroker; a dealer in fine American antiques; and a breeder and seller of Charolais cattle. He was also an avid go player, who joined the Nippon Club in NYC, where he competed in tournaments. Only years later did I realize how unusual it was for an American family to have so many Japanese friends in the 1940s. My father loved to laugh. He also loved books, food, theater, music, and art. He enjoyed sharing those interests, and it is partially my memories of this that delight me still.

This is not a scan. It is a handheld photo of an older photo, but it is better than nothing.
By Muffet on 2010-03-06 19:42:02

Обсуждение: 4 коммент.
  1. chalkdog says:

    This is really a wonderful image, with that beautiful style of the time. Your father sounds like a remarkable man.

  2. user6926 says:

    121 of 129 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Despite the Radical Times, “Promise Me, Dad” is the One Must-Read Book from a Politician in 2017 – Deals With Cancer Honestly, November 14, 2017

    By Andy Anderson aka Travis C. (United States) –

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    This review is from: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Kindle Edition)

    I’m writing this review while reading and listening to Chapter 3.

    Unlike most books by politicians, “Promise Me, Dad,” is more committed to communicating to us the values and principles of a family man who happens to have been a politician. That, however, is not what compelled me to start this review before evern getting through Chapter 3.

    Chapter 2 was simply the most compelling narration regarding the hopes, fears, dreams and nightmares through which a family succumbs while dealing with cancer. The brief, yet detailed explanation of the surgery performed on Beau Biden goes along way to showing us this is not just another political narrative.

    I bought both the Kindle and the Audible version. I greatly enjoy reading along while a narrator reads the book. Much as I did as a child at home listening to Mom, or a student in school listening to the teacher. With VP Joe Biden, not himself a professional voice actor, reading this highly personal account, this is possibly the most important read of 2017.

    That does not mean, as yet, that I am sold on Joe Biden for President. Only time will reveal to us if he even should run. Until recently, though, I was certain he should not run, so, who knows, I may come around to becoming one of his staunchest supporters, outside of his nuclear family.

    BLUSH FACTOR There is, essentially, no cussing and no vulgarities in this tome. Share it with your friends and family in all walks of life, regardless of ages, sex, or religious affiliation.

    Bottom Line

    Five stars, but, if I had them to give, I’d rate it 10 stars.

    Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.

    Thank you.

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  3. user6433 says:

    78 of 86 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A brave dazzling and amazing read….., November 14, 2017

    By V. Brown (the hinterlands of Idaho-ho-ho) –

    This review is from: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Audible Audio Edition)

    I got this as an audiobook. It is read by VP Biden himself. I am blown away. The “inside” accounts of times I always wanted to know more about are there. Numerous thought provoking passages. Warm and insightful. I will need to actually read parts of this book to get it all. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  4. user8271 says:

    62 of 66 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Box of Puffs to read., November 16, 2017

    By Aunt Rosie (dover, delaware) –

    This review is from: Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Hardcover)

    I am from Delaware. The Biden’s are what the Kennedy’s are to Massachusetts. I remember when Joe Biden was running for the senate and he wasn’t even 30. The accident that took the life of his first wife and daughter. His commute everyday to be with his sons. His character was to be commended. Joe Biden put Delaware on the map that we really are a State. I remember when his son Beau was Attorney General. Reading this book was like reading about a family member. We all prayed when we found out Beau had brain cancer. We all mourned with him when Beau died.The book a look inside Joe Biden’s family as he reminisced about losing his first wife and daughter in a train accident. Commuting to Washington via Amtrak, meeting and marrying Jill, watching the family grow up establishing family traditions, his career in the Senate and as vice president, his faith ,preparing himself to say goodbye to his beloved son. Any parent who has lost a child this is a must read.

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