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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Franken Narrator: Al Franken Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

Then, through excerpts from Bob Woodward's detailed account of the first hundred days, The Void, go inside the Franken White House, which is gripped by crisis from day one. After the highly medicated chief executive exhibits a roller coaster of bipolar behavior, Franken is forced to cooperate with the Joint Congressional Committee on the President's Mood Swings. And when the committee releases Franken's personal diaries to the public, his presidency faces its ultimate crisis.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " Hysterical and still pertinent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ian | 2/19/2014

    " One of the funniest books I've ever read. Al Franken decides to run for president. His primary issue? Eliminating ATM fees! What's even funnier is that a few years after this book came out, Franken was elected to the US Senate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaethe | 2/17/2014

    " To my delight, Franken has turned out to be a much better politician than most, and certainly better than this satire would have suggested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/8/2014

    " It was funny. Reading it mid election season in 2012 couldn't be better timing. It made for a great, humorous distraction from the real politics going on around me. "

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