Senator Al Franken @ Cooper Union’s The Great Hall
Where: The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St.
212-353-4100 Price: $32 Admission & Book grants you admission for one, plus one copy of the book; admission at the $15 price grants you admission for one, but does NOT include a copy of the book.
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From #1 bestselling author Al Franken comes Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, an intimate recount of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office, and who subsequently 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.