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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."

©1999 Al Franken, Inc. (P)1999 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Dawn
  • Dayton, OH United States
  • 08-26-03

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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  • Gary
  • Dayton, OH, USA
  • 05-01-04

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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Good but get the one about Fox first

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes it was pretty funny, but I liked his other book better

What other book might you compare Why Not Me? to and why?

the lying liars Which was better

What about Al Franken’s performance did you like?

You can tell he has been in comedy for a long time

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Funny, but a bit long

If you could sum up Why Not Me? in three words, what would they be?

Funny, but lengthy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Otto Franken is tough to beat. I just love the idiot who never learns or changes.

What does Al Franken bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His delivery on his material makes it come alive.