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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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"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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Perspective is everything

It is common in this day and age to use litmus test to paint politicians one way or the other. One litmus test that rarely fails is ... is this guy funny or not? Senator Franken without a doubt is funny. A rare quality amongst politicians these days. The early chapters of this book reveal a man that understands comedy often reveals truth better than facts, debates or lofty speeches. The book is riddled with humorous self deprecating stories that truly reveal a man of great character. I honestly wish he lived next-door to me and we could hang out together. How many politicians can you say that about? If you're a political junkie or you are manic depressive about the current state of affairs, please take time to listen to this angst free presentation by a truly great American.Thanks Al, I really needed this book.

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I Fell In Love This Week with Al Franken

It's true. I fell in love this week with Al Franken. I didn't mean to fall in love. But it's hard to resist the straight shooting, intelligent, folksy, charming, clever storyteller that Al Franken is. Oops, I forget to mention funny. I should mention funny. He'd probably like that. He's also a true patriot. A hard-working honest one at that. I don't know that I'd necessarily agree with him on all his political views, but that's not the point.

I especially appreciated how approachable the book is for those of us with very little knowledge of the political process yet how enjoyable it is for those of us who know full well how the political process works. I think it's important for people who have felt disengaged from politics to somehow get engaged, and this book would be an easy way to get started, no matter your party. It's an interesting glimpse behind the curtain, if you will.

He eases the listener into politics by beginning the book with his early years at Harvard, and then amuses with tales of SNL. He's wily in explaining his Minnesota campaign run. It's all very fascinating, but I felt like he was maybe testing the waters to see if we were ready as a nation to understand the power of the de-humorizer and be ready to de-bunk that junk for a potential presidential run in the future. While I think he'd make an exceptional President, I have zero confidence in the rest of the population to see through the de-humorizer. Sorry, Al, hope I'm wrong. Or, maybe I'm reading that section wrong and that's not the intent.

For me, the best meat of the book comes when he really gets into what goes on day to day in D.C. It wasn't a Civics class, don't worry. But, it kind of gave you a feel for the day in the life of a Senator. I got a kick hearing the jokes he had to edit in his head that he now gets to let out -- apparently before his head explodes. Ted Cruz is the Dwight Schrute of the Senate, I knew it! I also appreciated that he acknowledges discouragements but leaves the reader with an overall tone of optimism. You know, if we work on this together, we can do this!

Al Franken, Giant of Senate? Tongue in cheek title? Clever, clever, man.

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Wonderful. Informative. Funny.

Especially loved hearing Al Franken as the narrator and hearing his experiences as a US senator.

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Insightful, delightful, and engaging from cover to cover

As a mom and recent graduate nurse preparing for my licensing exam, I don't have many minutes in the day to read for fun. So I was really excited to see Giant of the Senate as an audiobook and that Senator Franken took the time to narrate it in his own voice. There was so much I didn't know and realize about the satirist turned senator, and this book really takes the reader/listener through it all. The book provides some wonderful lessons about comedy, civics, family, hard work, and humanity. Through it all, it's apparent that Franken cares deeply about his home state of Minnesota and is sincere in wanting to be a good public servant. He's a great storyteller, but he's also someone who does his homework, looks for opportunities to reach across the aisle with his colleagues in the senate, and seeks truth and speaks it to power. Though still very funny, he takes his job very seriously, and hearing his story and perspectives on so many important issues was refreshing and enlightening. I had a lot of "driveway moments" with this audiobook and am kind of sad that I've just completed the last chapter. It's a very worthwhile read, or listen, however you take your books.

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the truth with humor....outstanding performance!

loved this book...honesty with humor...just what the country needs in a difficult time...No joke, Al Franken is smart and a great American!

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Great Satire

I may have to move to Minnesota by 2020 so I can vote for him.

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Extremely relevant!!

Loved listening to this, in the author's own reading! This book is current, providing insights into our current political situation....

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Thank you!

Senator Franken is not only a funny man. He is hard-working, intelligent, understanding, caring and worth having in Congress! Thank you MN for putting him there. This book is a reflection of those characteristics. It is enjoyable, disconcerting, illuminating, disappointing and, in the end, hopeful.

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a blunt and fun look at how we got to today.

taking time to talk about how the fox news rush and others lied and worked to gain power

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  • 08-06-17

Engaging, very funny & instructive, Senator Franken clearly is

Not knowing a great deal about Senator Franken, prior to listening to this book, I have become an overnight convert. My only disappointment is that I refer to him as "Senator Franken" rather than "President Franken". He is the kind of individual who exemplifies the best in politics. Oh, that the rest of the country should be so lucky to be represented by this particular giant!

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  • Scott
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Barking Geek
  • 12-06-17

Very good

One of those books you wish was longer than it is. Al Franken is prophetic in saying the worst is yet to come, but gives the world hope that America is not quite as stupid as they appear. Very eloquent, lucid and satirical in equal measure.

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  • Ms Areej Elmaazi
  • 12-02-17

Highly recommend

Fantastic insight for the reader. Engagingly read. A good heart in a seemingly bad system.

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  • Mark
  • 10-20-17

Hugely insightful and enjoyable.

Purchased on a whim. Very glad I did, had me laughing out loud several times particularly his inner battles between what he wants to say and what his conscience will allow him to say.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-17

So Worth It

Well written , excellent narration. Different nations,cultures but honesty and belief trans national Good Stuff

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  • gingernut
  • 09-03-17

Excellent !

Excellent book! A wonderfully informative and entertaining read. Great to share the journey and look forward to the sequel when Al Franken is President!

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  • Curly
  • 08-16-17

Franken for President 2020

there is no good reason not to support the author to be chief executive of the USA or vice President to Elizabeth Warren. This is a funny heartfelt book about solving problems and what a politician should be like.

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  • Miranda
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Damon
  • 09-09-17

Excellent

For an Australian observing the machinations of the US political environment, this was a refreshing and hopeful tale. I enjoyed the anecdotes, and for their sake hope that politicians of Frankens ilk rise up from 'the swamp' created over the last 9 months. Great work Al.