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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
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)

Book Reviews

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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'."

    --(pp. 226-7)

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, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, May 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
Civil Rights
    2012: It's time to pass civil unions.
    AdWatch: I'm no politician; I make beer & build restaurants.
    Changed mind on death penalty, to oppose it as governor.
    1989: Arrested for drunk driving; did community service.
    First state to regulate legal sale of marijuana.
Energy & Oil
    Drank fracking fluid to partner industry & environmentalists.
Gun Control
    Make mental health part of discussion on mass killings.
    Universal background checks for all gun sales.
Health Care
    2012: Make healthcare both affordable and accessible.
    In-state tuition & driver's license for undocumented people.
Principles & Values
    Suffers from mild case of prosopagnosia, or "face blindness".
Welfare & Poverty
    Denver's Road Home: wraparound services for homeless.
    Involve businesses and faith org's to address homelessness.

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My Life in Beer and Politics

by John Hickenlooper & Maximillian Potter

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