Al Franken is a wonderful writer and story-teller and GIANT of the SENATE is a powerful memoir and a highly recommended read.
GIANT of the SENATE is filled with insight into Franken the individual (SNL), his politics, the legislative process and skewers many of the political personalities of our time. Franken has no problem pulling out the daggers shrouded in his unique brand of humor. His use of satire energizes the narrative.
Franken covers all the terrain. Health care, bi-partisanship, immigration, begging for money, running for office and the degrees of comity among senators. This insightful book is for readers who love politics and Franken’s style makes the lessons enjoyable. Of course, it is a call to arms for Progressives:
” Even if you don’t run for office, in order to be part of determining what our shared future looks like, you have to be willing to give up things like time, energy and money…. You have to endure an overwhelming amount of noise and nonsense… and the worst part is, you’re not guaranteed a return on your investment…..but I’ll tell you this: I’m glad I’m here. ”
I wholeheartedly agree with Franken that we should strike the word “robust” from political discourse even though I satirically used it in the headline. You’ll see!
Also from Al Franken: Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot, Lies and Lying Liars Who Tell Them- A Fair and Balanced look at the Right and The Truth (with jokes).