The Book of Joe

I’m always looking for better ways to learn about our political system. It’s something that affects each and every one of us, and yet can be so complex that often it’s easier to turn a blind eye. As someone who is interested yet often confused by politics, The Book of Joe was a refreshing read. There’s no better way to learn about the system than through the eyes of someone who has experienced it firsthand. And throughout his political success, Joe Biden continues to be relatable, down-to-earth, and highly likable.

He endeared himself to the public with a dogged devotion to his family and hometown. And even when it’s gets him in trouble, he’s managed to retain authenticity in a cloudy political climate. But behind the aviators, the memes, the Obama bromance, and the trademark smile, Biden has had a dynamic life. It’s a life marked by tragedy and resilience, humor and pain, wisdom and missteps.

In The Book of Joe, Jeff Wilser introduces readers to the complex life, wit, and wisdom of Joe Biden. This isn’t an autobiography, and it’s not a replacement for Biden’s own bestselling memoir, Promises to Keep. It’s a lighthearted, quick, yet still surprisingly poignant guide to the man America fell in love with.

With humor and a conversational writing style, Wilser takes readers through Biden’s ramshackle first campaign for Senate as well as his childhood stuttering problem, his crazy college days as well as the heart wrenching tragedy of losing his wife and baby daughter. Little sidebars throughout the book contain funny stories about Biden (such as the time he messed up the name of a foreign leader – yikes!) as well as quotes, fun facts, and everything in between. For example, under the heading “Wisdom from Joe”, readers are treated to Biden-proverbs like “Heal with humor” and “Have the guts to ask the tough questions.”

No matter your political affiliation, The Book of Joe is a touching, easy-to-read portrait of a great man. Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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