Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken


Reviewed by Teri Davis

Giant of the SenateSenator Al Franken of Minnesota has quickly become one of the most well-known U.S. Senators of the United States of America.

Giant of the Senate is an autobiography of Al Franken beginning his journey as a child growing up in Minnesota, to becoming a writer of Saturday Night Live and finally becoming a respected Democratic U.S. Senator.
“Here in America, of course, we’re all immigrants. Except, of course, for Native Americans against whom we committed genocide.” With the present political leadership in Washington, this quote is gutsy. Remember, he is a democrat.

Who could imagine a comedy writer being the unlikely Democratic candidate for a congressional seat?

Being a child of typical middle-class America from the liberal state of Minnesota gives a young Al Franken a strong, independent foundation for his future life choices. When his older brother became the first in the family eventually graduating from MIT with a degree in physics, Al made his own way by attending Harvard. Surprising, his brother became a photographer and Al, a comedian. How would your parents feel about those outcomes from a college education?

After becoming part of a comedy team, Franken and Davis, perceived as an updated Bob and Ray Radio Show, both were asked to submit a writing sample which was considered for a new comedy show being created and produced by Lorne Michaels in becoming Saturday Night Live.

Franken and Davis became part of the original show along with Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, and John Belushi. Combining the current day news and politics into a comedy show pushing the limits of political correctness with a multitude of social challenges.
After being in comedy for thirty-five years, Al Franken made the choice to enter into politics.

The book concentrates on this unlikely candidate into along his journey to being a United States Senator. Now, he is unquestionably memorable with a strong contributing social agenda, into being a possibly Giant of the Senate.
Giant of the Senate is a fabulous book to read. It combines Franken’s humor, family, passions, dreams, and ambitions perfectly reflecting the author’s personality as monitored through his staff. His unlikely journey to success has made Franken a legend, now for the Senate.

Whether or not you are a Democratic, Republican, or Independent, Al Franken’s Giant of the Senate is a story for every American.