Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency

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Thorndike Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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The author shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of America's forty-third president, drawing on his personal campaign diaries, newspaper clippings, confidential memos, and media responses on his tumultuous 144 days as president

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This one was a bit redundant and not as funny as the other ones in my catalog. Very poignant though, worth reading. Dan Haggerty as a character in your book is just funny. Read full review

Why not me?: the inside story of the making and unmaking of the Franken presidency

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Franken, author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (LJ 1/96), is perhaps best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. This irreverent satire is a blow-by-blow account of ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Al Franken was born in 1951 and grew up in Minnesota. He got his start in show business in high school, when he began performing stand-up comedy. He attended Harvard University, but his comic talent went unrecognized by the school's famous Harvard Lampoon, which rejected him. Undaunted, Franken continued to do stand-up with a friend from high school, Tom Davis. Franken and Davis became celebrities when Lorne Michaels discovered their act and hired them for his new show, Saturday Night Live. In addition to doing the stand-up, Franken wrote many funny skits, including Chevy Chase's famous Gerald Ford bits, and created memorable characters like Stuart Smalley. Franken's ability to write comedy translated into a best-selling success with his political satire, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. The book has sold almost one million copies. Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate representing Minnesota in 2009.

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