a behind the scenes memoir
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.
six time Emmy Award-winning writer
"An insightful, heartfelt remembrance of the guy i'm voting for's early days on the national stage. David Topel has been biden his time -- yes, i did that-- waiting for the moment to let us know who the leading candidate to be leader of the free world really is and how he got there. David takes you to the beginning -- he was there, and now, you can be, too."
Adjunct Professor NYU, Dramalogue Award Winning Playwright, Writer-Director-Producer
"Thank you for making me understand and believe that the words dignity and elegance should and can be part of the national political landscape."
"A deeply personal memoir of a college freshman working on Joe Biden's first Senate campaign, The Heart of a Leader provides a revealing take on Biden's political style, core beliefs and earliest efforts to inspire teens and young voters to participate in America's democracy. In this harsh political climate, an uplifting and refreshing read!"
"This story needs to find its way to every college campus in America. People need to know how Joe Biden helped pioneer the youth movement. A must read, especially if you're still sitting on the side lines. Vote!"
"To read such a respectful and passionate book on the subject of politics is not just a welcomed surprise, it's renewed my faith in getting involved at the grass roots level! Can't say enough about this inspired memoir. Thank you!"