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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Hart, Barney Frank Narrator: Barney Frank, Bareny Frank Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781427259301
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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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  • Frank makes fascinating political history. It helps that it's funny. James Kirchick, The 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. Jonathan Martin, The New York Times
  • A fun book to read. Chuck Todd, Meet the Press
  • The early 21st century's answer to Mark Twain . . . one of the most idiosyncratic, influential and entertaining people to serve [in Congress] Colin Woodward, The Washington Post
  • An enlightening and entertaining romp through a half-century of American politics and policymaking. But what can it possibly offer as a guide to fixing government during an era of polarization, dysfunction, and public disaffection? The short answer is more than you might think . . . . [Barney Frank] brings life, passion and humor to these sober observations and demonstrates why politics and government should be and sometimes can be a noble and uplifting undertaking. Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institute
  • Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank's story isn't just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Filled with wonderful and insightful examples of legislative maneuvering and political intrigue . . . [Frank is] 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. Peter Dreier, The Huffington Post
  • Frank's own intertwined political and personal odysseys add up to a remarkable story. Julia M. Klein, Boston Globe
  • Frank deliciously charts his adventures from the closet to the center of the political stage . . . Frank is candid, and self critical on each step. He details compromises and pragmatic realities. His account of life during the Clinton years is particularly fascinating. Rob Watson, The Huffington Post
  • A well-written, marvelous memoir. Martin F. Nolan, San Francisco Chronicle
  • A vivid and candid account of a life, both private and public, that is told in the gruff, wry and blunt voice that is literally unique in American politics--the inimitable voice of Barney Frank . . . Frank is an intimate, courageous, and revealing book about what the political landscape looks like from his unique perspective. Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal
  • This detailed and accessible memoir certainly lives up to its title, as former Massachusetts Congressman Frank offers a warts-and-all portrait of his life in public service. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • [Frank] is an illuminating look at behind-the-scenes politics and larger societal changes and one man's struggle with sexual politics and identity. Vanessa Bush, Booklist (starred review)
  • You will learn so much that's new from this spectacular anecdote-riddled book--even if, like me, you've known Barney Frank for forty-nine years. Who better than the smartest, funniest man in Congress, as Barney was widely perceived to be, to make the case for government, for pragmatism, for the little guy, for equality . . . and to explain how things really work--and could be better? He was there for all of it. Andrew Tobias, author of The Best Little Boy in the World
  • [Frank] relates in delightful candor why a man who was told he "couldn't win," ended up a national hero . . . there is no other living politician today able to compare with Barney's tireless dedication and sprightly unusual life story! Liz Smith

  • Barney Frank will be remembered as one of the hardest-working, quickest-thinking, most effective--and most quotable--congressmen in our nation's history. Frank tells his story with characteristic candor, from coming out of the closet and working for LGBT rights to fighting for sensible financial reforms. Frank's belief that government can improve people's lives has given passion and energy to a remarkable career in public service. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
  • This is authentic Barney--a compelling narrative because it mixes the personal with the professional and with his one-of-a-kind sense of humor. It's also an important piece of history by a skilled legislator who has been able to get things done in Washington, D.C., that have made a real difference in all of our lives. I was privileged to work with him. Hank Paulson, former Secretary of the Treasury
  • 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.”

    AudioFile

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