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The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden

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The ultimate guide to the former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, filled with all the fun, all the inspiration, and none of the malarkey.

The aviators. The Amtrak. The Obama bromance. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, inThe Book of Joe, Biden fans and political junkies alike have the ultimate look at America's favorite viinThe
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Three Rivers Press (CA)
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I love Joe Biden. Love him or not this is a delightful look at a pretty amazing man. To me, in this time of political craziness it is salve to my weary heart to know that there are still really good people out there who happen to be politicians. Each chapter tells the reader a bit more about his life, what lessons he learned, how each thing helped make him the man he is today. Each chapter gives us "the wisdom of Joe". There was a lot of humor, and a lot of struggles and a lot of heartache. But ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Jeff Wilser is admittedly a long time fan of Joe Biden, and his appreciation shows in The Book of Joe. I had a lot of fun reading the stories of Joe's gaffs and greatness of heart.

Wilser succinctly covers Biden's career and contributions in an agreeable and accessible presentation. He extrapolates The Wisdom of Joe from Biden's life, replete with stories that illustrate Biden's core values.

I laughed and had to share stories, and I was inspired and impressed by Biden's character.

Kierstin Carnahan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I can say enough great things about this book. It offers such an intimate yet relatable portrait of a man we've come to love, Joe,Biden. The things Joe has been through give him my utmost respect. I had no idea about his first wife and the tradegy that befell him and his family before his start in the senate. There is also much more to the story of "hot young Biden" than we probably thought. This book makes me want to be best friends with Jeff and Joe and eat all the ice cream. The ...more
Lindsey Johnson
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re just beyond exhausted by the current political climate, stop what you’re doing and pick up this book. There is hope for politicians to be uplifting, funny, wise, strong, and honest. Whatever side of the aisle you’re on, ya gotta love Uncle Joe.
Jan Olsson
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book about Joe Biden. To quote Biden "A good life at its core is about being personal. It's about being engaged. It's about being there for a friend or a colleague when they're injured or in an accident, remembering the birthdays, congratulating them on their marriage, celebrating the birth of their child...It's about loving someone more than yourself...It all seems to get down to being personal." What a great man he is and what a great service to this country. We need more Joe Biden's i ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book that I've read lately which makes me supremely angry that Donald Trump is president. Who doesn't love Amtrak Joe? This was a brief (177 pages of actual content) biography of the man and the legend that is Joe Biden.

If he had run in 2016 he would have handily beaten both of his challengers (Hi Hillary and Bernie) with no ill-influence from the DNC required, and as stated in the book, Joe's history of "gaffes" are child's play compared to the mockery that is Donald Tru
Disclaimer: this is not the sort of Joe I often am associated with. There is no "cuppa" before it.

For many, Joe Biden became a name well known when he became the 47th Vice President of the United States. Even though I'm not from Delaware, I've known of Biden for a long time prior to the Obama years. This little book, which doesn't claim to be a biography or all-inclusive, gives snippets of Biden's life, often in his own words. It's more like a love poem than a serious examination, bu
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this genre of "pop memoirs"! Fact-based books that also make you chuckle ... biographies that feel relatable ... memoirs that are written with wit. Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life, also by Jeff Wilser, was a delight in all of these ways. The Book of Joe delivers the same winning combination. A very enjoyable read!

Also, I learned more than I expected to. To be honest, I was surprised at how much of Biden's story I didn't know. I consider myself pretty well-informed, but still had misse
Nikita Patel
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I went into this book knowing very little about Joe Biden. Aside from him being the VP to Obama, and him being very popular amongst millennials, there wasn't much more. This book is a very condensed version of Joe's life. It shows how much he has given to public service, and how he continues to do so, without leaving family and friends behind. The book was overall a good read, it was humorous and emotional. I recommend this book if you're a political junkie looking for a short, motivating read.
Ashley Simon
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 cra
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joe Biden is one of the most liked politicians in modern America politics and this book highlights some of his many facets that make him likable. From his early days as a procrastinating law student to a grieving widower and father, to his ascendancy in the Senate, his tenure as Vice President and his enduring an unthinkable additional loss, Biden has typified the average Joe and the antithesis of average in his compassion, empathy, and championing of women's causes. This book lays all of these ...more
Conor O'brien
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a good overview of the wisdom and story of perhaps one of the best Vice Presidents of the modern age if not the best. Joe Biden was a man who went all the way from having a stutter, which made him barely able to speak to the awarding of a Presidential Medal of Freedom just a little while earlier. Biden got there not just by sticking up for the little guy and using his empathy but getting back up when everything seemed dark. Joe championed against sexual assault on campuses and prov ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-19-mmd-wiwr
This was an entertaining read and I believe that was what the author intended. It was a brief overview of Joe Biden's life and political career, not at all in depth, but gave you enough of the highlights to get an idea of what Mr. Biden is like. The author is obviously a huge fan of Mr. Biden and I share his admiration for the man as well but I did think he took a light approach to anything that could have been deemed negative. I can't say it was completely a "light read" as Joe Biden's life has ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I didn't know what to expect of this book and, initially, I was let down because I thought it was written by Joe Biden.

But I was NOT disappointed. This is a wonderful small book of big thoughts and big moments. Wow, Joe Biden has been through many ups and downs. And his attitude is absolutely remarkable.

The most impactful portion for me was on grief. We all know that Biden's son, Beau, died of cancer recently. What we didn't know - at least I did not - is that Beau was truly a chip
Erin Cataldi
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable, fun, and enlightening read! I loved this book! I loved it almost as much as Leslie Knope loves Joe Biden. Jeff Wilser did a wonderful job breaking down the wit and wisdom from Vice President Biden's life, starting as a child going all the way past his bromance with President Obama. It's not always sugarcoated but it is honest, moving and inspiring. From his personal life to his political career, Joe Biden is a man who lives by his words and actions. It made me re-think everyth ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed learning more about this VP Biden.
Collette Mcdonough
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good book about a good man.
Dee Mills
I gave it 3 stars because it felt like a public relations book. Having said that, I did enjoy some of the anecdotes.
Chris Gironda
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Quick read. Everyone should read this about what will be our oldest president in 2020
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it-read
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
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-nf
I was looking for so much more... more facts, more humor, more anything.
Grace (The Reading Raindoe)
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know much about Biden before I read this book. I knew the big things most people know, of course, and I’ve seen the memes of him, but that was about it. This book is not comprehensive by any means, and Wilser admits that, but it certainly gave me a deeper look into Biden’s life. However, the book did not feel entirely unbiased to me. It also doesn’t feel entirely professional. That was shown to me in quotes like “Kids made fun of him, because kids are monsters.” which is true, but still ...more
Donna Hines
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Joe was light, airy, full of charisma, charm, and a few great punchlines about the man everyone has come to love, admire, and trust over the past 40 yrs in government.
For those who aren't aware Joe is hometown proud --Scranton Pa native-- so yes, 'Remember home base' or in this case the beer drinking capital where,"it ain't no party like a Scranton party"--oh wait wrong one-- ok how about this one," So don't be telling me that I'm part of the Washington elite, because I come fr
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an informative little book that I think even kids as young as middle schoolers could grasp — though I think the target audience is at least high school and up. It’s written in a very informal and almost purposefully didactic language. I can see Parks and Rec fans getting a kick out of this too, as it mentions Leslie Knope and his involvement on the show. Though the author clearly wears his rose-colored glasses and makes our previous Vice President out to be a “good guy” he does offer so ...more
Katrina Roets
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure that I'm one of the least political people on this planet. It's not that I don't care, it's that I get completely overwhelmed and ....well, this isn't about me, is it? It's about this book and the fact that I am so glad that I followed my instincts and picked it up.

If you've been on social media at all, you've seen the Biden/Obama memes and you've chuckled and perhaps even wished for a friendship like that. It made me curious to know more about our former VP and where
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, arc, own
The description of this book was interesting and I've been trying to alternate my reading between fiction and non fiction and as a Brit in the USA I basically know nothing about Joe Biden apart from his much meme'd bromance with Obama so I thought it might make an interesting read.

The book is a simple, short biography of Biden that focus's on tips of wisdom from Biden along with the stories behind them. Covering a lot of episodes from being a kid through to life after the election, t
Ah Joe! Who doesn't love Joe Biden? According to this book there are very few people. Joe is one of those guys that can work with anyone and earns the respect of everyone despite his gaffs and his flaws. This book takes us through the life of Joe from his humble beginnings to his first marriage and the tragedy that befell the family before Joe joined the Senate. It also details is work in the Senate and the relationships he built and then looks at his presidential bids and how he ended up as the ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joe Biden should be president right now. If it was anyone's "turn", it was his. Hell, it was his turn back in 1988, and 2008. Nobody is better for the job, or more qualified, and this lighthearted biography of Amtrak Joe continuously spells this out. He had one of the luckiest and at the same time unluckiest lifes to live, and he lived it hard. I always admired Joe, but this book really made me APPRECIATE all that he's done for this country. Now I'm gonna go eat an ice cream cone and ride a trai ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly a bit of a paean to Joe, the book does a good job of explaining why many folks admire him. It’s a quick review of his life and a reminder of how refreshing genuine candor coupled with experience, grit, and humor can make a remarkable person. The author admits Joe’s mistakes (he was 0 for 3 on votes regarding wars in Iraq and the Thomas hearings were not all that great), but the focus is on Joes ability to learn from mistakes and get up again. The book reaffirms my admiration and respe ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was an incredible look into an empathetic, humble, sweet old guys life. The life he has lived is amazing and still he has so much to accomplish. I never knew all of the things he had his hands in and helped create for the country. His ability to befriend everyone no matter the party or the affiliation and be truly honest about those friendships is amicable and I wish more people had his way of thinking and weren't so judgmental and hurtful. If he ran for president I'd certainly vote fo ...more
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Jeff Wilser is the author of Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life.

He's also the author of four other books, including The Good News About What’s Bad For You… and The Bad News About What’s Good For You, which was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month.

His writing has appeared in print or online in GQ, New York magazine, Time, Glamour, Cosmo, VH1, Esquire, mental_floss, MTV, Los Angeles T