Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Book - 2017
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The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host, and U.S. Senator 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: New York :, Twelve,, 2017
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781455540419
Characteristics: vi, 406 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Giant of the senate


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Oct 21, 2017

A very enjoyable read with plenty of humour.

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.

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