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.
"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." -- Louise Erdrich, The New York Times 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 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. Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Probably one of the worst books I’ve ever read.. I’m not sure whether the book represents a comedian attempting to be a politician or a politician attempting to be a comedian...The book is laborious reading, factually incorrect, and, of course, politically biased. I do not recommend it.15
I have enjoyed reading this book. It can be difficult to find a book that deserves all three of the adjectives I used in my title for this review. I enjoyed watching Al Franken in his comedic roles, and it has been a pleasure to read this account of his experiences in politics.55
I loved reading this book. Truly inspiring. Humorous and interesting. I hope you like it too.55
Great story how a failed comic makes it big amongst fellow liberals with the combined IQ of a box of rocks. Frankenturd proves time and again how dumb Democrats are as he rises to be a giant in a toilet bowel of other giant turds. This book could not be any dumber had it been written in crayon. Unfortunately for Al though is most democrats can't read and the ones who can only read leftist mantra such as Sal Alinsky garbage. This book is a must for the feeble minded and brain dead15
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Having succumbed to severe bouts of nostalgia for a time that probably never existed, mixed with rage and depression exasperated by the combination of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and FOX News, reading "Giant of the Senate" was a boost to my immune system. In a world where I fear looking at messages on my mobile phone, this literary masterpiece gives me hope for a better tomorrow - or at least a reprieve from the knowledge that you can't fix stupid. (You still can't fix stupid, but it's a reprieve nonetheless.) If you ever read one book in you're life, read Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." If ever read two books, "Giant of the Senate" is a nifty choice.55
Waste of money.15
I only read autobiographies and they often leave me drained. However, this book has humor, and lots of light moments to get me through the next four year. Favorite chapter is when he finally explained how ACA was supposed to work, and what the other party did to sabotage it.55
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I learned a lot from this book about the way the Senate works and why. It was enjoyable and I'll have to say ...I wish Al Frankenstein was my Senator! I respect him which is more than I can say for most politicians!55