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Why Not Me?by Al Franken
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Updated with more on the real race in 2000!
First came Theodore White's The Making of the President, 1960. Then All the President's Men. Now the searing chronicle that will forever change the way we view the man and the office...
Why Not Me? chronicles the dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, who would become the first Jewish president of the United States. Meet the president as a young man. Witness the Franken campaign in its infancy, as the candidate pledges "to walk the state of New Hampshire, diagonally and then from side to side." Go behind the scenes and meet Team Franken, the candidate's brain trust: including brother and deputy campaign manager Otto, a recovering sex addict and alcoholic, and campaign manager Norm Ornstein, the think-tank policy wonk who masterminds the single-issue (ATM fees) campaign. Cheer as Franken stuns the pundits by defeating Al Gore for the Democratic nomination, then is swept into office carrying all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
"An imaginatively funny and fresh satire...part autobiography, part manifesto, part diary and part eulogy." The Washington Post
"[A] witty send-up of presidential politics...Franken proves again that he's one of our savviest satirists." People
"A gleefully absurd, rambling jaunt through the ritual of American campaigning...a hilariously farcical account." Entertainment Weekly
"Hilarious throughout...Franken has perfect pitch." The New York Times Book Review
"Wickedly funny." Newsweek
"This book establishes Al Franken as a master of political humor." The Washington Times
"Funny, angry and intelligent." The New York Times Book Review
"It's a scream!" The Seattle Times
About the Author
Al Franken is the author of I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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