Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Twelve, 2017
Edition: 1st hardcover ed, Large print ed
ISBN: 9781455571208
Characteristics: vii, 548 p. (large print) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm

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coachtrainer
Nov 10, 2017

I read this book recovering from surgery in a narcotic haze. Perfect choice. It was "laugh out loud" funny at times and very enlightening regarding the workings of our broken government. A great, educational, enjoyable read.

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Sandra_SMB
Nov 07, 2017

I'm giving this only 4 stars only because I find Franken much more interesting to listen to than to read. He's an extremely intelligent, comical and satirical person. And I believe he is highly ethical and hard working - one of the good guys.

I found it interesting to learn what is involved in running for office and winning. but his amazing sense of humour and satire come through far more when he talks.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 28, 2017

The first 200 pages just flew by--probably the most interesting auto-biography I have ever read. That was followed by about 200 pages of me saying "this cannot be happening in the United States of America! It sounds like third world politics of countries in Africa and South East Asia." Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand what is wrong with our country.

AL_LESLEY Oct 26, 2017

Al Franken is beyond awesome in all ways. He's so honest and funny and full of integrity and he only pulls his punches a little bit now that he's in public office. He lends his voice to keep people motivated and out of the deep pit of despair and keeps us laughing in the meantime. Love it.

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AndyPL22
Oct 21, 2017

A very enjoyable read with plenty of humour.

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cinQua19
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.

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kbargnes
Sep 29, 2017

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

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GeneralAmerica
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.

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