Why Not Me?

  • by Al Franken
  • Narrated by Al Franken
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First came Theodore White's The Making of the President, 1960. Then All the President's Men. Now the searing chronicle that will forever change the way we view the man and the office...The dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, who would become the first Jewish president of the United States. Follow the Franken campaign from its infancy as the candidate pledges "to walk the state of New Hampshire, diagonally and then from side to side." As he candidly admits "causing pain in his marriage," then boldly refuses to dignify any questions from the media regarding past, present, or future sexual behavior. Go behind the scenes and meet Team Franken, the candidate's brain trust. Including brother and deputy campaign manager Otto, a recovering sex addict and alcoholic. Campaign manager Norm Ornstein, the think-tank policy wonk who masterminds the single-issue (ATM fees) campaign. Media consultant Dick Morris, who exploits the shocking millennium bug-induced "ATM meltdown" by building an ad campaign around a diabetic woman who loses her right foot after computers erase all her ATM deposits. And former Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty. Cheer as Franken stuns the pundits by defeating Al Gore for the Democratic nomination, then is swept into office with a landslide victory over Newt Gingrich. As he chooses an all-Jewish Cabinet because "America doesn't want a Cabinet that looks like America, it wants a Cabinet the President is comfortable with."


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best of al's books.

I think this is the funniest of Franken's books. It spoofs all campaigns and politicians of recent years, but mostly it makes fun of the public. Who but American voters would consider a candidate based on a one issue platform: Rid the world of ATM fees. Having Al read the book makes it even better. I highly recommend.
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- Dawn

Overlooked Classic

Great satire of the presidential election process, right down to the candidate turning a non-issue (ATM fees) into an entire platform, and dirty tricksters (the fictional brother who literally bashes opponents with a 2x4). Franken's reading does add a lot to it... don't miss this one.
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio