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In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from a craft-brew entrepreneur to mayor of Denver to governor of Colorado, hailed by many political analysts, The New York Times, and Fox News alike as a solid contender to be the next vice president. It is an unlikely tale of success, quintessentially American yet utterly exceptional. In The Opposite of Woe, Hickenlooper tells his own story of determination and daring, from business to politics, in his singularly sharp and often hilarious voice.
After taking 10 years to graduate from Wesleyan University, Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job in the oil industry. Lacking a day job, he rented a space in one of Denver's sketchiest neighborhoods and opened a brew pub. Honest, likable, and practical, Hickenlooper turned out to be a natural at running a restaurant; the pub was a huge success and did a great deal to revitalize a struggling neighborhood. In 15 years he blossomed from a small-business owner into a millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs in Denver. He was such an influential member of the community that he acted on the encouragement of many and ran for mayor, essentially on a lark.
And then he won. So began an eight-year run as one of the most creative and successful mayors in the United States. Hickenlooper doubled down on his political career by running for Colorado governor in 2010, which he also won and then won again. He has tackled a host of pressing and volatile issues in a true battleground state: immigration, fracking, capital punishment, guns, the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, legalized marijuana. Time and again his administration has persuaded ideologically opposed constituencies to agree on a middle path and move forward - all while dealing with a tragic series of wildfires, "biblical" floods, shootings, and the assassination of a cabinet member.
On display throughout is the rare candidness that has made him not only wildly popular every step of the way but remarkably successful at getting things done. Cowritten with journalist and cabinet member Maximillian Potter, The Opposite of Woe is a fresh - and refreshing - angle on our political landscape from one of its brightest rising stars.
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By Michael W. Travis on 06-28-16
Cheers to this Great American Success Story!
Hickenlooper has had an amazing run and this book hits all the highs and lows. With the author narrating it seemed like you were sitting at the bar listening to a friend. with all the turmoil today in American politics it would be refreshing to have a person that says what they are going to do and then delivers! Cheers!!
By Joe Hampton on 06-15-16
John Hickenlooper for president
Had John Hickenlooper been the democratic nominee for Vice President in 2016 - Hillary would have won. John Hickenlooper will win the presidency if he runs in 2020. What a great story about a good man who has been great for Colorado and would be even better for the USA. Excellent narrator.