Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken (5 out of 5)

This was a hoot! I usually do not talk politics. I do, however, read about politics. It’s almost always something funny and unconventional. Al Franken, Senator from the great state of Minnesota, and his latest book, fit those descriptions perfectly. Full disclosure: I am a fan of his other books. But I’m not from, nor living in, Minnesota, so I have lost track of Al and what he’s up to since he became a senator. Happily, I’m all caught up now after reading this book! So are many others. I work in a bookstore in a largely conservative community and we didn’t expect his book to take off, but the tides of expectation in the community’s consciousness may be turning, because it’s been one of our biggest sellers this fall. Not to mention still being on the New York Times Bestseller list after a number of months. Pretty great accomplishment in a world of vicious political social media battles and everyday mayhem on Twitter. (Seriously…someone take his Twitter away!). The book is available now in hardcover at your nearest bookstore. BOOKSTORE. NOT Shamazon. Go get a copy. It’s brought to us by Twelve Books, an affiliate of Hachette Book Group. 

Al Franken recounts his path to the hallowed Halls of the U.S. Senate, from the SNL days onward. He also takes us through his very humble upbringing, meeting his wife Franni, his days with Tom Davis, SNL, and the road up to deciding to run for Senate. His humor and good heartedness shines through every chapter. This guy really gives a shit what is going on in our country! From introducing bills to breaking down the rhetoric of a great many bills that he has played a part in over the years, Franken gives the reader a lot of food for thought. Along with a lot of laughter. And vocabulary words- I learned a lot of great vocabulary words in this book. There are some battles that Franken doesn’t win, and those get equal time as those that he does win. I liked that you could got the triumph of victory and the agony of defeat, and it’s unbiased and fair in the manner that he tells it. Overall, a sarcastic, genuine, heartwarming, enlightening look at the Senate, the politics unfolding in the years past, and the state of the current unrest under Trump. I think it’s very important to mention that 3 friends of mine are staunch Republicans and voted for the current administration. They all read the book, and unabashedly enjoyed it. Better yet, they have purchased copies and gifted to friends who are conservative. Maybe Al Franken has a universal appeal that we are not yet aware of. It was a hell of a book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys current events, humor, and learning more about the working of our legislative system. 

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~ by generationgbooks on October 1, 2017.

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