- About the Book
From the #1 bestselling 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.
Franken's clever asides can't always salvage his stale recitations of liberal talking points, which seem likely to persuade precisely no one who isn't already a member of the choir.... In the end, this is a book your liberal aunt will love and your Republican neighbor will never pick up, much less enjoy. It's not as funny as the best humor books, including Franken's � but it's a whole lot funnier than your average political memoir.... More interesting than Franken's political points is his description of the value of humor as a force for bringing people together.
—New York Times
—New York Times
Whatever you make of his politics, Franken tells a great story. He can (for the most part) make the nitty-gritty of politics and legislating good reading. His partisanship is fierce and occasionally strident, but he doesn't indulge in the smugness and condescension that are often characteristic of the muscular, progressive liberal. Republicans ought to read this book, if only on the principle of Know Thy Enemy.... This is a genuinely funny book, often hilarious... But this is (also) a serious book, by a serious (self-described) policy wonk. That makes for occasional slow-going, but as a comedy pro, Franken has a built-in zzzz-detector.