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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 35mm | 670g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Twelve
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 1455540412
  • 9781455540419
  • 32,843

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p.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 p.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, AP "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 Stone "The best political book of 2017."--Alex Shephard, The New Republic "This is a great book about politics. No joke...Compulsively readable [with] laugh-out-loud lines in every chapter."--Booklist Starred Review "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 Weeklyshow more

About Al Franken

Senator Al Franken graduated from Harvard College. Before running for office, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host, and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Al was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008 and re-elected (by a much larger margin) in 2014. He and his wife, Franni, have been married for 40 years, many of them happy. They have two children and two grandchildren, with a third on the way.show more

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