Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

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The publication of “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” marks a major break with Franken’s previous political persona, one that is sure to stoke speculation about his future in a party that is desperately bereft of future prospects.
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From the #1 bestselling author - 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.

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.

 

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Al Franken was born in 1951 and grew up in Minnesota. He got his start in show business in high school, when he began performing stand-up comedy. He attended Harvard University, but his comic talent went unrecognized by the school's famous Harvard Lampoon, which rejected him. Undaunted, Franken continued to do stand-up with a friend from high school, Tom Davis. Franken and Davis became celebrities when Lorne Michaels discovered their act and hired them for his new show, Saturday Night Live. In addition to doing the stand-up, Franken wrote many funny skits, including Chevy Chase's famous Gerald Ford bits, and created memorable characters like Stuart Smalley. Franken's ability to write comedy translated into a best-selling success with his political satire, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. The book has sold almost one million copies. Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate representing Minnesota in 2009.
 
Published May 30, 2017 by Twelve.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 17 2017

...though he allows that Republicans “are just awful,” he also holds that Democrats have to accommodate the fact that they exist and try to get things done with them—all except maybe Ted Cruz. Here’s how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken’s case, made with a smile.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Sep 26 2017

Not surprisingly, 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. One thing is no joke, however: he’s very serious about his job representing the people of Minnesota.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Kristen Hansen Brakeman on Jul 05 2017

...it’s certainly reassuring that there are politicians like Senator Franken, who are willing to make this personal sacrifice; willing to learn the ropes and play the game, because they genuinely care about improving the lives of their fellow Americans.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Molly Ball on May 29 2017

The publication of “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” marks a major break with Franken’s previous political persona, one that is sure to stoke speculation about his future in a party that is desperately bereft of future prospects.

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