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
Release DateMay 30th, 2017
Number of pages304 pages
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Humor, Audiobook, Comedy, History

Reviews Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • Ashley
    "I can't tell you I'll always get it right. But I'll tell you this: I'm going to keep fighting as hard as I can in the coming months and years to protect our children, our values and our future from Donald Trump." - Al Franken, from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken.This is absolutely the book America needs to read right now. I want to just acquire a crate full of copies of this book and pass it out to people. Franken manages to be b...
  • Christen
    Disclosure: I am Minnesotan and a Democrat (if I am in MN, I would be a DFLer).Funny. Smart. Very Minnesotan. Dry humor. Very Al Franken.Chapter 37 is the Ted Cruz chapter. (Worth it.)Honestly, Al Franken has a knack for explaining government. I knew what he was talking about, but it felt nice reading it from someone on the inside which made it understandable. Franken is smart and willing to be a Senator for the state of Minnesota.
  • Lois R. Gross
    Forget Schoolhouse Rocks take on how a bill becomes a law. For those who are a little older and need to hear how the sausage is really made, this is, hands down, the best and funniest book about how the Senate makes the sausage. Despite Franken's trademark humor, there is nothing pretty about the mechanics of getting a law passed, especially in an government where all three branches are owned by the same p...
  • Hannah
    I loved this book! I haven't read Al Franken's previous books before, but they will certainly be on my "To Be Read" pile as soon as possible. He has a very honest take on politics which as we all know is extremely rare. He is just as willing to call himself a jerk and to admit if he made a mistake as he is to call out his colleagues on their contradictory or ill-informed opinions. I also appreciated that his take on the state of our government an...
  • Kelly
    Thank God for Al Franken. This book is funny but also a plain-spoken primer for Progressives who want to understand the issues and to make the world better. He obviously loves his job as US Senator and our country is better for hard workers like him. His mix of smarts and humor is irresistible and his vicious account of Ted Cruz is incredibly satisfying. I am so glad Al is still writing and putting both his experience in politics and comedy to ex...
  • Delia Turner
    I have a confession: I never much liked Al Franken as a comedian back in the early days of Saturday Night Live. His brash style somehow didn't click for me. But Senator Al Franken? I like him a great deal. The candid, open, sometimes a bit crude style that didn't win me over then now strikes me as a refreshing difference in a politician. Not only that, I've seen him stand up for things that are right and get away with it (his question to Betsy De...
  • John Lester
    Thank you Sen. Franken (and my Sen. Steve Cohen) for giving me faith that we have a chance to survive the clown car executive branch of our government. (Just knowing there are branchs to our political system puts me ahead of the Oval Office.)This is a fine read for anyone interested in the political process and demonstrates how fast agendas change on the Congressional floors.Thank you.
  • Robert Munsil
    Funny, but also informative about how the Senate actually worksWhile there are fewer signature hilarious, but mean jokes than his previous books, it's actually more informative and uplifting as well. The Senate, for all it's faults, does actually get stuff done apparently, and Franken talks about what is being done well, as well as ripping on problems.
  • Matthew
    A funny and insightful book from a Senator who once seemed like a somewhat unusual choice, but who now seems perfectly natural in his seat. I particularly liked the chapter where he slags Ted Cruz. I'm not sure if he's thinking about running in 2020, but I'd vote for him.
  • Carolyn
    I loved this book which was hilarious and insightful in equal measure. I had planned to get a lot done yesterday, but threw out my to-do list and read the whole thing without a break.