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How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time?

In this candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City, to Boston’s City Hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the United States Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness over four decades.

With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. And he chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in cowriting the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents’ hypocrisies and delusions, and he details the endless favors, grudges, and fears that compose a legislator’s career.

From the Clinton impeachment, to the economic meltdown of 2008, to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Frank’s words and deeds mattered, and Frank shows why. Here is a guide to how political change really happens—composed by a master of the art—and a testament to how democrats, if they reject purism and passivity, can rebuild trust in an active government.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Frank makes fascinating political history.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A sophisticated and extended work of political analysis…What so plainly animates [Barney Frank]—and this book—is making his case for how politics and issue advocacy should be practiced. That is part of what makes Frank so edifying: He uses his personal and political rise…to argue, cogently and cleverly, for his point of view…Enriching for students of politics of any (or no) stripe.”

    New York Times

  • “The early twenty-first century’s answer to Mark Twain…One of the most idiosyncratic, influential, and entertaining people to serve [in Congress].”

    Washington Post

  • “Frank’s own intertwined political and personal odysseys add up to a remarkable story.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Filled with wonderful and insightful examples of legislative maneuvering and political intrigue…Worth reading as both the story of a public figure who has lived a full and fascinating life as well as a primer about American politics from an insider who knew how to make the system work.”

    Huffington Post

  • “His narrative is fascinating. He captures the fascinating shift from a world in which it was shameful to be a homosexual and popular to be a representative in the government to a place where his sexuality is largely accepted and his work in Congress largely criticized.”


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