- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781101981672
- ISBN-13: 978-1101981672
- ASIN: 1101981679
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics Hardcover – May 24, 2016
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“Colorado's high-profile governor submits an unconventional autobiography . . . . All this entertains wonderfully: the brushes with the famous . . . the colorful anecdotes about the campaign to save ‘Mile High,’ the beer label authored by Kurt Vonnegut, the Quaker ancestor who was also a brewer… It’s difficult to imagine a more unusual preparation for public life than the one ably recounted here.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
John Hickenlooper became governor of Colorado 2011. The first brewer to become a governor in the history of the nation since Sam Adams in 1792, Hickenlooper previously served as mayor of Denver.
Maximillian Potter is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Outside, GQ, and Vanity Fair. He was the Senior Media Adviser and Speechwriter for Governor Hickenlooper.
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This book reveals Hickenlooper from the inside-out and perhaps could also become a political tutorial for what honest, hardworking, disenfranchised citizens want in a new generation of national leadership. We want candor, sincerity, dependability, and selfless representation in the halls of political power. We want real people who don't take themselves too seriously. We want representatives with multidimensional life experiences concentrating into encompassing wisdom. Through thought-provoking stories, this book discloses why the Colorado governor has these qualities. He is an exemplary personification of the best qualities associated with his Boomer generation: learned, diverse, multicultural, self-empowering, entrepreneurial, passionate about social justice, and committed to being a change agent.
“The Opposite of Woe” is breezy and entertaining to read also because it is well crafted with help from a seasoned journalist, editor, and co-author: Maximillian Potter. This book has the professional flair one would expect to find in a “GQ” magazine cover story.
For those of us seeking a new generation of experienced leaders, it will be difficult to find many as qualified, committed, and competent as Denver's former mayor and Colorado's current governor. Those who know him well understand this. Now readers who have not met “Hick” in person can get to know him much better through his charming memoir. Grab a craft beer and meet the former geologist-cum-brewpub builder who has become a Colorado political sensation.
This is a "page turner" for sure not your typical political biography. This is a story of a young, mildly dyslexic, big thinker who is still making his mark and destined for even bigger things in the future.
Later after college, Hickenlooper bought and sold some real estate and makes this statement, “The only true failures are in not learning from our mistakes and failing to take on the dreams we dare to dream.”
Listeners will love learning how Hickenlooper’s father was a fraternity brother with famous author Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut even wrote a very short story which appeared n a beer label sold at Wynkoop Brewing Company, where John Hickenlooper was a partner in this restaurant. As he talks about his beer business, Governor Hickenlooper makes clear through his stories and details that one of the keys to urban renewal is through cooperation. This theme is woven throughout this audio book.
The title for this book comes from a story Hickenlooper told during his first campaign for political office—the mayor of Denver. He was a dark horse candidate and behind in the polls. One day he dropped by his campaign office and gathered everyone together and told them a story involving Kurt Vonnegut and asked them, “What is the opposite of woe,” One of the workers responded, “The opposite of woe is giddy up.”
Every listener will take away something different from THE OPPOSITE OF WOE, MY LIFE IN BEER AND POLITICS. I enjoyed this audio book and heard it cover to cover. It is worthwhile listening and recommended.
W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist