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
1455540412
9781538759981
1538759985
Characteristics: vi, 406 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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Indoorcamping
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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dsoubirous
Jul 26, 2017

I loved this book. I especially enjoyed reading about the Senate as an institution - books by other Senators like Sanders and Warren don't divulge into the workings of the Senate as much as Franken does. This book was both hilarious and educational on how the Legislative Branch operates.

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cbriggs
Jul 16, 2017

He should stick to comedy

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Bets360
Jul 04, 2017

I started reading this in a waiting room. I laughed out loud so much I either sold a lot of copies or everyone in the room thought I was crazy. When I read it at home my daughter got out of bed to ask me not to laugh so loud. I think all Minnesotans should read this book to know who Al Franken is and what he stands for. I think even the most stalwart Republican could enjoy this book.

kmscows Jun 30, 2017

Al Franken's ability to write and his comedic timing are fully employed in this book. This memoir shares his journey from "Saturday Night Live" to the U.S. Senate.

Franken is still a funny guy and provides an amusing as well as an insightful look inside the personalities and machinery of American federal politics.

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joecarson
May 08, 2017

Al Franken is blatently "us against them," but is he any more so than the right-wingers?

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