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AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE 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.

"In this excellent, insightf ul memoir, comedian turned senator Franken recalls his unlikely path to public service...Franken is quite a raconteur, and he tells the story of his remarkable life and times with a sense of humor that is always irreverent and often self-deprecating."--Publishers Weekly"This is a great book about politics. No joke...Compulsively readable [with] laugh-out-loud lines in every chapter."--Booklist Starred Review"The best political book of 2017."--Alex Shephard, The New Republic"Admirably incautious...Franken has weaponized the gifts that proved so useful for comedy - a sharp eye, a sharper tongue, the ability to tease out the essential absurdity of a given situation and deliver the goods with maximum impact."--Mark Binelli, Rolling Stonep.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #101010; -webkit-text-stroke: #101010} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "A fun and compelling book. [Franken] uses self-deprecating humor to poke fun at everyone on either side of the aisle, and he gives readers insight into the daily workings of life in the Senate. His love of the people and the state of Minnesota is crystal clear."--Jeff Ayers, APp.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Tahoma; color: #212121; -webkit-text-stroke: #212121} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "With this book, Franken is both resistance leader and family counselor...A hilarious guide to what happens when a comedian runs for Congress."--The Nation"In this excellent, insightful memoir, comedian turned senator Franken recalls his unlikely path to public service...Franken is quite a raconteur, and he tells the story of his remarkable life and times with a sense of humor that is always irreverent and often self-deprecating."--Publishers Weekly"[AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE] may...be the funniest memoir by a sitting - standing, recumbent, squatting - U.S. senator. Scratch that 'may.' It surely is. This is a genuinely funny book, often hilarious...the Senate, and the country, would be the poorer without him. He's an American original."--Christopher Buckley, The Washington Post"In a breezy, funny, biting, and often earnest read, Franken pulls off what many of his congressional colleagues have failed to do: write...an interesting and honest memoir."--Sam Brodey, MinnPost.com"A fun and compelling book. [Franken] uses self-deprecating humor to poke fun at everyone on either side of the aisle, and he gives readers insight into the daily workings of life in the Senate. His love of the people and the state of Minnesota is crystal clear."--Jeff Ayers, AP"With this book, Franken is both resistance leader and family counselor...A hilarious guide to what happens when a comedian runs for Congress."--The Nation

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Al Franken(Author)
  • Twelve (30 May 2017)
  • English
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  • By Expat Cat on 9 August 2017

    This is a very honest and informative look at how our government operates and why electing people who are "anti-establishment" generally backfires. The problem is not that there are differences of opinion; the problem is when our representatives refuse to talk, negotiate, work together to achieve things that may not be perfect, but are ultimately of benefit for our country. Al Franken is a serious politician and a great Senator as well as being a very funny and hugely insightful person! This book is not a partisan polemic (as some of his others can rather be, much as I love them). It is a really great look at how to make government work. We need many more people like him in our Congress. Great book, great person!

  • By Ross Macdonald on 21 August 2017

    A candid insight into one of the more sane members of the senate. Well written, interesting and useful to gain an understanding of the inner workings of the Washington 'swamp'.

  • By RustyB on 13 August 2017

    A humorous, entertaining, and at times heart breaking story ... Full of hope, doing the right thing in an enjoyable and easy read.

  • By Joanna on 27 July 2017

    Love Al Franken and his honesty, also the insights into SNL is fun to know!

  • By Alisa Miller on 18 July 2017

    Wonderful. Kinda makes me feel better about the world and the future...

  • By Craig Butters on 20 July 2017

    Really, really enjoyed this book.Al is such a common sense guy and funny too!

  • By Lynne Loftus on 10 September 2017

    Loved Stuart Smalley! Love Sen Al Franken. Written with humour (of course) and insight.


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