Jeff Wilser: Book of Joe

The ultimate guide to America’s favorite vice president, filled with all of the key moments, all of the lessons, and none of the malarkey.

The aviators. The Amtrak. The ice cream cones. The memes. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, in The Book of Joe, Biden fans will finally have the definitive look at America’s favorite vice president–and what he can teach us.

Structured around key moments in Biden’s life and career–and filled with Biden-isms like “That’s a bunch of malarkey” and “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid”–this blend of biography, advice, and humor will reveal the experiences that forged Joe Biden, and the lessons we can use in our own lives. Along the way, readers will also encounter fun sidebars on his love of muscle cars, his most endearing gaffes, his bromance with President Obama, and much more.

Yet beneath the memorable Biden-isms, the book will reveal an inspirational story of a man who keeps “getting back up.” We need this right now. Much as Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks, sometimes we all have to get back up and fight. Given Biden’s reputation as a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity, this entertaining and practical book will be both a celebration of great political figure and an essential guide to creating the America he believes in so dearly.

Oh Joe Biden, how I miss your positivity and class.

This is such a cute little bio of ‘Uncle Joe.’ It’s not quite as clever as Wilser’s similarly formatted book about Alexander Hamilton, though it has the same quips and style.

The Book of Joe is a good way to get to know our former VP, and you can read this in a weekend. It’s only 170ish pages, and covers his entire political career up to this point (fall 2017). I will say that I was a teensy bit bored in the middle–the 70s and 80s had me yawning. But, since this is such a short book, it didn’t take long to power through it. I think anyone who has an interest in politics and modern American history will get a kick out of this.

Three Rivers Press and Blogging for Books provided a copy of this book for unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links.


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