"Rarely does a memoir deal so candidly and engagingly with political campaigns and influence peddling. He provides illuminating and often delightful vignettes of Lyndon Johnson, Warren Magnuson, John Kennedy, William Proxmire, Robert Byrd, Quentin Burdick, and Barry Goldwater. His insider accounts of legislative battles and political campaigns are invariably absorbing and illustrative of the way that politics really works."
-LeRoy Ashby, author of Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church
"'Smiling Joe' Miller's fascinating story is vividly and candidly recounted in his memoir . . . packed full of fascinating political anecdotes as well as public policy discussion. Students of Northwest political history, in particular, won't want to pass up what 'may be the most relevant look at American politics in the last half of the twentieth century that you will ever read.'."
"The Wicked Wine of Democracy hums along like a Shiraz-warmed conversation at the dinner table."
"In this campaign season, [Miller's] book is an entertaining reminder that while political policies and philosophies matter, so do personalities, backroom arm-bending, and that wicked wine."
"Joe Miller has spared no one, including himself. He played the game long and devotedly, did it with good intentions, and has earned his reputation as a good man."
"[Miller's] comments on money remind us both of the pervasiveness of the fat envelope in American political history, and that, while the process is now less crude, the denominations are a lot larger. About the role of money in politics, Miller concludes, 'Does it work? Almost always. What is different these days is the aggressive way that money is pursued, by both sides."
-Oregon Historical Quarterly