Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
| The Truths We Hold,|
by Kamala Harris (2019)
| Smart on Crime,|
by Kamala Harris (2010)
| Guide to Political Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
| Where We Go From Here,|
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
|Conscience of a Conservative,|
by Jeff Flake (2017)
| Two Paths,|
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
|Every Other Monday,|
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
|Courage is Contagious,|
by John Kasich (1998)
| Shortest Way Home,|
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
| Higher Loyalty,|
by James Comey (2018)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
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The Opposite of Woe
My Life in Beer and Politics
by John Hickenlooper & Maximillian Potter
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
This book is a rambling autobiography of John Hickenlooper's life up until he was elected Governor. It was published in May 2016, when Hickenlooper was "short-listed" on Hillary Clinton's vice presidential list. It will serve for Hickenlooper's 2020 campaign for president too (he has not updated it).
We describe Hickenlooper's life story as "rambling" because he is now on his third career, and uses this book to describe all three. His first career was geologist -- he spent a decade in college, as he described in three chapters (pp. 82-135). His second career was beer manufacturer and restaurateur -- he describes himself as "the first brewer to become governor since Sam Adams in 1792" (book flap). His third career is politician -- he was elected mayor of Denver in 2003, and then governor of Colorado in 2010.
But the "rambling" part is more about Hickenlooper's style than his career. He off-handedly and repeatedly cites books like Joseph Heller's Catch-22 and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, including the latter book's odd neologisms (like karass, a personally-fated group). The title of the book refers to a corny joke, which Hickenlooper also references several times around the book, including the full corny joke here:
A professor, standing before his students, asks them, "What is the opposite of joy?"
"Sadness," one student said.
"And the opposite of depression?"
"Elation," said another.
"And how about the opposite of woe?"
A tall young man raised his hand. "I believe," he said, "that would be 'giddy-up'."
Hickenlooper says 'giddy-up' for the economy, and basically applies 'giddy-up' to just about everything else. Our conclusion on Hickenlooper's "rambling" style is that, indeed, Hickenlooper is not a career politician, and maintains his non-political style intentionally. Expect the same during the 2020 campaign.
Oh, one more interesting point in this book. When Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver, he appointed Michael Bennet as his chief-of-staff. Bennet is now a U.S. Senator from Colorado, and Hickenlooper's opponent in the Democratic primary for the presidency. Keep an eye out during the debates for how Bennet addresses Hickenlooper, his former boss!
-- Jesse Gordon, editor-in-chief, [email protected], May 2019
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The above quotations are from The Opposite of Woe
My Life in Beer and Politics
by John Hickenlooper & Maximillian Potter.
Books by and about 2020 Presidential hopefuls:
- Is Today the Day, by Tulsi Gabbard (2019)
- The War on Normal People, by Andrew Yang (2019)
- The Mueller Report, with notes by the Washington Post (2019)
- The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris (2019)
- Shortest Way Home, by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
- The Land of Flickering Lights, by Michael Bennet (2019)
- Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson (2018)
- Unlikely Journey, by Julian Castro (2018)
- The Right Answer, by John Delaney (2018)
- Healing America, by Rep. Tim Ryan (2018)
- Where We Go From Here, by Bernie Sanders (2018)
- This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
- Guide to Political Revolution, by Bernie Sanders (2017)
- Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden (2017)
- Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders (2016)
- United, by Cory Booker (2016)
- The Opposite of Woe, by John Hickenlooper (2016)
- The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar (2015)
- Crippled America, by Donald J. Trump (2015)
- Off the Sidelines, by Kirsten Gillibrand (2014)
- A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren (2014)
- Time to Get Tough, by Donald J. Trump (2011)
- Dealing Death and Drugs, by Beto O'Rourke (2011)
- Smart on Crime, by Kamala Harris (2010)
- Apollo's Fire, by Jay Inslee (2009)
- A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel (2008)
- Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, by Mike Gravel (2008)
- The Two-Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren (2007)
- Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden (2007)
- All Your Worth, by Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi (2006)
- The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump (2000)
- Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz (1999)
- 2020 Presidential Hopefuls by OnTheIssues.org