• Heart Of A Leader

    a behind the scenes memoir

    The Heart Of A Leader: The '72 Biden Senate Campaign

    Filled with artifacts and detail, THE HEART OF A LEADER delivers an intimate, inside view of the first youth-driven political upset after 18 year olds got the vote. Uniquely told by a teenage campaign volunteer and son of Delaware's Democratic Chair (and Biden mentor), the author details precisely how Biden waged his groundbreaking David and Goliath contest, inspiring an army of youth to one of the most unlikely political upsets in America.

About The Author

David Topel

David Topel is an impassioned human rights activist, writer, filmmaker, public speaker, attorney and community builder with forty years’ experience in Social Justice Advocacy.

A Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors student at the University of Delaware while attaining his BA degree, David studied the Civil Law Tradition at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law before earning his Juris Doctor from Delaware Law School. Among his passions and experience: Anti-discrimination work within the EEOC, pro bono consulting for a variety of nonprofit organizations including Philadelphia’s Art Sanctuary (utilizing the power of Black Art), The American Foundation for AIDS Research, Founding Board President of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Youth Center – The Attic (now in its 27th year), and former Global Community Manager to Zumba Fitness LLC where he co-created standards for community building, communication and philanthropy throughout its 180 member countries.

David Topel

Table of Contents

  • The Heart of a Leader expands the first-hand 1972 memoir An Army of Youth written by 19 year old Biden campaign volunteer David Topel detailing the groundbreaking David and Goliath senate race won by inspiring a statewide teenage population to action.  Read how a polarizing White House, historic racial protests and failed the foreign policy of '72 moved Joe Biden to action, adding his voice to America’s unruly discussions on the issues of the day.  
  • Read how early exposure to respectful leadership and noble civic engagement inspired the author to action as a teen, and to a belief in Joe Biden's vision, values and potential for creating change
  • Discover the author's original '72 memoir written during the campaign that first introduced Joe Biden to America 
  • Examine the years of strategic preparation that lead to the youth-driven victory that captured the nation's attention and respect 
  • Learn about the eight indirect instances that contributed to a stunning Biden victory 
  • Organization
  • Polling
  • The Candidate and His Public
  • Advertising and Media
  • Youth Recruiter
  • Polling
  • Literature
  • An intimate look at several full circle moments evidencing the character, loyalty and heart of Joe Biden
  • A treasure trove of rarely seen campaign materials reflecting the issues of the day


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