Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes 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.This 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.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.

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  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 13, 2017

    Peter Mcloughlin

    Al Franken seems like a fairly good guy from his autobiography. Maybe because we align not too far ideologically, maybe it is because he is from Minnesota (people from there always seem nice), maybe because he was a member of SNL before he got his Senate gig (he is pretty funny), or ma...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Jun 12, 2017

    Julie Ehlers

    I thought Al Franken was funny on Saturday Night Live (“When you point your finger at someone else, you point three fingers back at yourself. And your thumb at God, I guess”), but as far as I’m concerned his work as a pundit is where he’s really distinguished himsel...

  • Francine Cross
    Jun 12, 2017

    Francine Cross

    I liked Al Franken before, but now I love him. He explains the important issues of our time in a way that anyone can understand and with just enough humor to make it entertaining. Although I am in agreement with most of his views, I would hope those that aren't could gain some perspect...

  • Ashley
    Jun 12, 2017


    Best for: Those interested in a fun (but surprisingly serious) look at how the sausage is made.In a nutshell: Comedy writer turned senator provides the story of how he got where he is, and what it really means to be a U.S. Senator.Line that sticks with me: “They’re all extrem...

  • Steven Z.
    Jun 10, 2017

    Steven Z.

    In the current political climate with congressional hearings, a special prosecutor, and a chief executive who demands fealty as if he were a "godfather" it was good to read a political manifesto in the form of biography that with drips with sarcasm and humor. When one thinks of Al Fran...

  • Deborah
    Jun 10, 2017


    I've always liked Al Franken--both his comedic talent and his work in the Senate--but this is the first of his books that I've read. To a great extent, it's biographical. There's a little about his parents and his early life, how he met his wife Frannie, the birth of his first child, a...

  • Char Freund
    Jun 10, 2017

    Char Freund

    I need to state upfront that this book is written by the Democratic Senator and it does have a bias. Told with honesty, humor, and humility. But there are general lessons about politics that are why many people state they hate politics: negative ads including distorting facts to outrig...

  • Deanna
    Jun 10, 2017


    Just finished. Highly recommend for some insight, education, truth and, yes - some humor. Even the footnotes are hilarious. Mr. Franken gets it. He is working for the American people! So proud to call him my senator. ...

  • Gary Anderson
    Jun 9, 2017

    Gary Anderson

    If you’re ready for some politics with (intentional) humor for a change, and if you tend to lean left, Al Franken’s newest book awaits you. It is ripe right now with plenty of observations on Trump, McConnell, DeVos, and other Washington denizens. The chapter on Ted Cruz is j...

  • Kimberly Rieman
    Jun 8, 2017

    Kimberly Rieman

    This book was a great insight into the inner workings of the United States Senate. Also it was interesting to read the behind the scene stories about the beginning days of Saturday Night Live. Al Franken is very funny and made the book very easy to read with lots of times to stop and l...