Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

eBook - 2017
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times
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From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.

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Baker & Taylor
The Harvard-educated comedian and talk-show host chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.

Publisher: Twelve,, 2017
ISBN: 9781538760390
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Oct 09, 2017

I enjoyed this book although I am turned off by politics in general. It made things much clearer: that our dated government system needs a big overhaul. I was disheartened to learn how difficult it is to make change and do some good - there are huge egos involved and that is never easy.

Cynthia_N Oct 04, 2017

I was a little disappointed in the book because Franken came across as one of those people who can be cruel with their comedy and then think an apology makes it all better. He does state that he is working on this issue. Putting that aside it was an interesting eye-opening read.

Sep 29, 2017

Hilarious. Insightful. And bittersweet at times. A political memoir that is a must-read during this toxic political climate.

Sep 23, 2017

I agree with a previous reviewer - the SNL section was a bit slow and not as entertaining as the Senate part. Overall though I really enjoyed the book !

archreads Sep 16, 2017

Al Franken writes about his life from SNL to campaigning to his time in the U.S. Senate. This book is at times really funny and at times serious - it's an enjoyable and interesting read.

Sep 15, 2017

Very enjoyable reading. Franken for president.

Sep 04, 2017

There's something a little awkward in the writing about his comedy career, but he really hits his stride when the campaign starts. We desperately need more people in Washington with the attitude he adopts in the book. And it IS really funny. Make sure to read the footnotes!

Sep 02, 2017

For me, it was an extraordinary read. Perhaps it had something to do with my Mid West Roots (Wisconsin. circa 1928-1949), yet my admiration for the multi-dimensional levels in the reading gives me a thread of hope, that we do have some dedicated, professional, representatives in Congress with a like agenda.

Franken writes with a balance of what it took for him to gain his seat as a Senator, giving sincere gratitude to his staff and those significant in his achievement. An honest insight in to the political system, and the 'tight rope' walk needed to find a path through politics and keep the balance between political hype and working for his State including the good of the Country. He does his homework! He takes responsibility for his mistakes. He engages those he is at odds with, trying to get the big picture. He contacts the 'lost' part of his constituency, ie. Native Americans in his State. Last, but not least is his ability (sans staff disapproval) to keep his sense of humor, right down to the last sentence. Highly recommended.

Aug 28, 2017

The most fun political book I've ever read, at least if you come from my political persuasion. Franken has written his tell-it-like-it-is political memoir in an easy conversational style that makes a quick and enjoyable read. However, it's difficult to read on an old-style Kindle because (1) the footnotes are really important and with an old-style Kindle, the footnotes are in the back and not easy to access, and (2) there are lots of photos. This is no Dreams of My Father, but I highly recommend it anyway.

Aug 07, 2017

If you think this will be another book regarding/discussing/explaining anything to do with politics, well you wouldn't be completely wrong, but wait! It's so much more than that. Best written book you will ever read about how someone not extremely rich and well-funded became a US Senator. Not only that, but what it's like, who you have to work with, why you would even do such a crazy endeavor, plus humor.

It's not surprising the author is an amazing senator who is good at his job. He's an amazing author, and humanitarian, and human being who has inspired me to be more than I was before reading this, and I wasn't really a fan previously. Now I feel like I had a good education on all things Minnesota, comedy in the SNL world, the election process, and especially in how to be a good person and do good for other people.

Really enjoyed the journey, to use a reality show term. In this case, it fits.

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