The Opposite of Woe

The Opposite of Woe

My Life in Beer and Politics

Book - 2016
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The maverick (and very funny) governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to remarkable business and political success
 
In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from brew pub entrepreneur to governor of Colorado, hailed by political analysts and media alike as a solid contender to be the next vice president. In The Opposite of Woe , Hickenlooper tells his own story of unlikely success in his singularly sharp and often hilarious voice.

After ten years at Wesleyan, Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job as a geologist. So he rented a space in an empty warehouse in an empty pocket of Denver's downtown to open a brew pub. Honest, likable, practical, Hickenlooper turned out to be a natural at the job; the pub was a huge success. In fifteen years, he blossomed from small business owner into millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs across the western United States. He was so influential in the community that, encouraged by many, he ran for mayor, essentially as a lark. And then he won.

So began his eight years as one of the most creative and successful mayors in the United States. Doubling down in politics, Hickenlooper ran for Colorado governor in 2010, and won again--twice. Tackling a host of volatile issues, from prison reform to fracking, capital punishment to same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana, Hickenlooper's administration has persuaded opposing constituencies of a true battleground state to agree and move forward on a middle path#65533;--all while dealing with tragic wildfires, floods, and the assassination of a cabinet member.

On display throughout the book is the rare candidness that has made Hickenlooper not only wildly popular but also remarkably successful. Cowritten with journalist and former speechwriter Maximillian Potter, The Opposite of Woe is a fresh#65533; and refreshing#65533; angle on our political landscape from one of its brightest rising stars.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781101981672
Branch Call Number: 921 HIC
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Potter, Maximillian 1971-- Author

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AL_ANNA Aug 08, 2016

Hickenlooper is a good story teller with a sense of humor. Liked that he discusses events and people that I have read about in the local newspapers. Includes insightful, brief, explanations of the real world workings of city and state governments. Bonus: audio book version, read by the author, is like listening to him tell stories at the brew pub.

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