Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes 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.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...


Details Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

TitleAl Franken, Giant of the Senate
ISBN9781455540433
Author
Release DateMay 30th, 2017
PublisherTwelve
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography, Audiobook
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Reviews Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • Molly
    2017-06-03
    I would almost consider moving to Minnesota in order for Al Franken to be my senator.
  • Bill Kerwin
    2017-06-16
    At last, here is a book which answers the burning question: why is Al Franken not funny anymore?The short answer, of course: he’s a senator, and senators aren’t supposed to be funny. The long answer—the central idea of this thoughtful (and funny) autobiographical narrative—is that he’s still very funny, very funny indeed, but, for most of the last ten years, has tried his very best not to be. His fellow Minnesotans, like most regular Am...
  • Will Byrnes
    2017-08-31
    First, I want to differentiate between what I thought of the book and what I have to say about Franken’s recent travails with alleged sexual misconduct, and his resignation from the Senate. That is at the bottom of the review, in a separate section.In Giant of the Senate, Al Franken shows that not only is he a very smart, very serious student of public policy, but also that he retains the sense of humor that fueled his first career. He has been...
  • Julie
    2017-07-27
    Al Franken: Giant of the Senate is a 2017 Twelve publication. It’s always a slippery slope when reviewing a non-fiction politically based book. However, in the states, the current political polarization makes it even more of a challenge. But, never fear, this review will not be a political commentary. Franken's views fall within party lines, and if you are a democrat you will agree with him on most issues, and if not, you do know going in what ...
  • Esil
    2017-09-06
    I'm sure I'm not the only non American who has become obsessed with American politics over the last year or so. At first it was close to a prurient interest. As time goes by, it feels increasingly like what's happening in the US is relevant to my children's future environmental, economic and physical well being, so the interest feels more real and more personal. And I know I'm not alone...So it's some comfort learn more about Al Franken -- to kno...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2017-06-04
    Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken is a book I was so ready to read and it did not disappoint. He started the book by going all the way back to his beginnings in comedy then on up to being a Senator. The reason for this was to show how hard it was to run for office after being a comedian and having every joke thrown in his face by both parties. This was an excellent book about how the inside of politics work and doesn't work. The insid...
  • Erin
    2017-08-12
    I had never heard of Al Franken before he became a U.S. Senator. He had been on Saturday Night Live in the 70's- early 90's, before I started watching SNL. So I had no knowledge of him before 2009 when he became a Senator. Al Franken Giant of the Senate is a perfect mixture of comedy and politics. Senator Franken tells of his humble upbringing in Alberta Lea, Minnesota ( Yeah, I've never heard of it either), meeting his wife at a dance in college...
  • Steven Z.
    2017-06-10
    In the current political climate with congressional hearings, a special prosecutor, and a chief executive who demands fealty as if he were a "godfather" it was good to read a political manifesto in the form of biography that with drips with sarcasm and humor. When one thinks of Al Franken, Saturday Night Live (SNL) comes to mind, and the “serious” laughter his writings, i.e., RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT, and appearances produced. His new...
  • Bettie☯
    2017-05-24
    Description: From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes 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.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 ha...
  • Ashley
    2017-04-16
    Check out a better-spelled version of this review on my very cromulent blogUPDATE 12/6/17: Life is the worst. That said, I stand by my review and this book. Al behaved badly and he's going to resign because that's what you do. I hope he goes back to writing and works hard to be a better person. Or just writes a tell all book about how awful Ted Cruz is. I'd read that. We'd all read that. "I can't tell you I'll always get it right. But I'll tell y...