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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author - 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.
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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Al Franken (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Al Franken fans, rejoice! Franken narrates his latest book in a voice that captures both of his key public personas: current U.S. senator and former humorist. This is a balance that cannot be underestimated, as Franken clarifies at the onset that the Senate requires a level of decorum that most former comedians would find excruciating." ( AudioFile)
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By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

Please listen to the book anyway. It gives you a funny and honest review of what it is like to be a progressive in the US Senate right now. Also interesting to hear what the other senators are like. For someone like me who is a progressive going through a rough time with the Trump presidency, this was the shot of tonic I needed to know what to do next. Thanks Senator Franken for your service to our country.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TerryPotter on 12-15-17

Fabulous book; history, hard politics and lots of laughs

Mr. Franken certainly tells a great story. Through history, personal stories, hard to listen to politics of today, and lots of satirical innuendos we learn about Franken and about our political system of today. I would definitely get the audible version because Mr. Franken reads it and that makes the book!! Fabulous and interesting. Highly recommend it. So sorry he had to resign.

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By Scott on 07-30-17

Brilliant

This is a really good listen detailing Franken's campaign and for his Senate seat and time in the Senate.

It's read by him very well which is a great contribution because it sounds like he's telling you the story rather than reading off a script.

I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in politics.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-12-17

Informative, powerful and very funny

Really enjoyed, learnt a lot about American politics & Al Franken himself and was very entertained in the process. Recommend!

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By Miranda on 10-14-17

Brilliant

Hilarious, honest, insightful and extremely entertaining. Whether you care about the current state of American politics or not, this book is well worth your time.

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By Anonymous User on 09-29-17

I love Al Franken

brilliant, funny, informative, sad, uplifting. so many great things I could say about this book and everything he writes.
this has to be my favourite so far.

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