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Frank [PDF / Epub] ✅ Frank ⚣ Barney Frank – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk How did a disheveled intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective and funniest politicians of our timeGrowing up in Bayonne New Jersey the fourteen year old Ba How did a disheveled intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective and funniest politicians of our timeGrowing up in Bayonne New Jersey the fourteen year old Barney Frank made two vital discoveries about himself he was attracted to government and to men He resolved to make a career out of the first attraction and to keep the second a secret Now sixty years later his sexual orientation is widely accepted while his belief in government is embattled Frank A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage is one man's account of the country's transformation and the tale of a truly momentous career Many Americans recall Frank's lacerating wit whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment What did the president touch and when did he touch it or the pro life movement some people believe life begins at conception and ends at birth But the contours of his private and public lives are less well known For than four decades he was at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness From the battle over AIDS funding in the s to the debates over big government during the Clinton years to the financial crisis the congressman from Massachusetts played a key role In he coauthored the most far reaching and controversial Wall Street reform bill since the era of the Great Depression and helped bring about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell In this feisty and often moving memoir Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions fears and grudges that come with elected office He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it He discusses his painful uarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband Jim Ready becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same sex marriage He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions Through it all he expertly analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job and how even Congress can be made to work Frank is the story of an extraordinary political life an original argument for how to rebuild trust in government and a guide to how political change really happens composed by a master of the art.

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Frank
  • Barney Frank
  • 02 April 2016
  • 9780374280307

About the Author: Barney Frank

Jewish American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives He is a Democrat and has represented Massachusetts's th congressional district since The district includes many of Boston's southern suburbs such as Brookline Newton and Foxborough as well as the South CoastFollowing the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

10 thoughts on “Frank

  1. Marla Marla says:

    I really never knew who Barney Frank was but thought this book would be interesting I learned a lot about what was going on the years he was in office like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell It was interesting to see Washington through Barney’s eyes I’m not very political so sometimes political books go in one ear and out the other for me It was interesting to see how Washington slowly changed their views about LGBT rights I think he would be an interesting person to have a conversation with over a long dinner

  2. judy judy says:

    Let me confess that I voted present on several sections of Barney's book I'll admit that it wasn't fair because Barney is whip smart super funny should be mandatory reading for all idealists who enter politics and was a heck of a Congressman for many years I skipped parts of his work on gay rights and the financial crisis This was simply overload from having being immersed in these subjects before My brain just refused to go down certain roads again Anyone not familiar with his work on those subjects should pay attention He did solve one of my enduring political uestions I could never figure out why Clinton tackled gays in the military just after he took office He almost threw his whole Presidency off track by not waiting until he had some capital built up Barney answered that uestion but no spoilers read the book The book is brimming with wisdom on our current state of affairs I love this man's ability to analyze Meanwhile the story ends happily very very happily which Barney Frank certainly deserves

  3. J. J. says:

    Loved this book I already had a good opinion of Barney Frank When I was chairperson of the board of Birmingham AIDS Outreach we faced a serious financial crisis I had recently seen Frank in Harvard Yard on a visit back to Cambridge so I thought that I'd reach out to him and see if he had any suggestions for ways we could raise money He replied with a personal letter NOT a form letter He didn't know me and I wasn't a constituent but he took the time to write a personal letter Agree with his politics or not if you read this book you will be impressed with the man's passion and patriotism It's also an inspiring story of someone who had to conceal a big piece of himself for most of his life but who came out late in life facing a potentially devastating professional costbut who triumphed It's also nice to know that an older man can find love

  4. b aaron talbot b aaron talbot says:

    barney frank is my political hero and this book cements my beliefthis book is an unbelievably honest detailed and readable account of frank's political career and his lifelong history of fighting for lgbt and civil rights affordable housing and financial well being of americans it is also a blistering critiue of the right and the left's clinging to ideological beliefs to the detriment of those same american people and it is his critiues of the left that i find the most insightful and challenging and ultimately beneficial to political conversations his ability to pinpoint specific points when democratsthe left fought for ideological purity instead of compromising highlight the problems with our ideas of how change takes place within our systemhe writes from the perspective of a public servant a government worker and elected official and this perspective is mostly lost in our new cycles and cultural conversations about politics governance and how we function as a country he also writes from a very personal perspective of a gay man who came into public service at a time when being out was simply not an optionhis detailed accounts of his time in the massachusetts state government coming to the us house the same year reagan was elected negotiating the bush white houses the clinton impeachment the ira war the financial crisis and the obama administration illustrate his pragmatic approach to governing his longevity and effectiveness and his success in his public service he is truly someone whose service to our country should be lauded studied and mimicked by anyone wanting to actually make a difference in our national systeman absolutely incredible book by an incredible man

  5. Rob Murphy Rob Murphy says:

    I like Barney Frank I have always enjoyed his brashness and his ability to not only contradict but completely dismantle a great number of conservative arguments His wit and his sense of humor have always made his arguments and TV appearances educating and entertaining I wish this book lived up to those aspects of Frank This memoir chronicles Barney Frank's political life from working as an advocate and activist for civil rights to banking reform and LGBT civil rights issues One of the areas I've often disagreed with Frank was his belief that activism doesn't lead to change as much as political lobbying does This philosophy appears again and again in his life and work He makes strong cases in favor of politics over activism some of them uite persuasive While I found much of this memoir interesting and compelling I lost interest in the economic work on which Frank prides himself I'm sure that readers who love economic theory will find these sections very interesting The memoir would have been strengthened by of Frank's characteristic snark and witticism

  6. Linda Linda says:

    Barney Frank narrates his book perfectly written for a political news junkie such as myself I only knew of Frank since he became a national figure and therefore did not know about his backgroundI appreciate that once Barney Frank understood that he was a Jewish gay man with speech difficulties he did not let those things hold him back for working for his constituentsI want to read the physical book so sticks in my addled head

  7. Laura Laura says:

    The glorious and tragic story of a true public servant It opens with 14 year old Frank “realized there were two ways in which I was different from the other guys I was attracted to the idea of serving in government and I was attracted to the other guys” 3 That was 1954 “when the government was still popular but homosexuals were held in universal contempt” 5 The story is glorious because Frank helped accomplish some great things He helped make the world better for people who had been despised because of their race or sexual orientation But it’s tragic too because Frank wanted to build a economically euitable society He fought hard against the idea that government was the problem in part to be to use government to solve problems He was at the table and may have kept things from being worse Maybe Frank is deeply pragmatic and doesn’t have much patience for symbolic or self affirming exercises “If you care deeply about an issue and are engaged in group activity on its behalf that is fun and inspiring and heightens your sense of solidarity with others you are almost certainly not doing your cause any good” he tells us 156 Instead he strongly urges getting your people to the polls getting them to call their legislators and not holding out for the best when better is available He calls it the Henny Youngman principle but since that makes me cringe I’m reframing it His story of his own coming out put tears in my eyes Well worth the readHis strong defense of Democratic innocence in the 2008 mortgage market collapse wasn’t uite as compelling; one of ours did undo key parts of the New Deal after all But I am persuaded that others bear far of the blame A good book about a good man I’m glad he was there

  8. Terran Terran says:

    I very rarely go in for autobiographies and even rarely for politicians so this is a really extreme change of pace for me But I had the chance to see Mr Frank speak and so I picked up a copy of his book at the eventIt turned out to be both fascinating and engaging I would highly recommend this to anybody interested in either the politics of LGBT euality or the machinery of US national politics Frank obviously speaks from the moderately far left politically so you have to be okay with that but assuming that his politics don't turn you off there's a lot hereHe opens with the observation that when he started a career in politics he had to hide his identity as a gay man one of the most loathed and publicly reviled groups in the US Politicians however were generally well regarded people still believed in the Great Society that we could use government as an instrument to improve life for everybody and build a just society In a turn of wit that characterizes the book and his political style he then observes that when he retired he was still among the most loathed groups but now it was by virtue of being a Congressman Being gay in 2013 ranked far higher in the pollsFrank traces us through his career in politics touching on the key turning points in both his career and in national events He barely addresses international politics it's clear that his career was domestically focused A large part of his political focus was and still is I suppose though he's retired from Congress on LGBT rights and social justice broadly But he gives us a number of lessons in how seemingly mundane governmental tasks like highway construction interact heavily with social justice and that to be truly effective in things like battling ineuality you also have to be dedicated to the mundane and detailedHe walks through a number of key political events Nixon and Watergate Reagan's election and the battles against rolling back all social safety nets don't askdon't tell the Clinton impeachment the 2007 financial crash and the construction of the Dodd Frank act the rise of the Tea Party giving his insider's view of each More interestingly he dissects the machinery of how the political decisions get made in each case the political gamesmanship and system gaming that are often used to get things done and his assessment of the various approaches to political influence and effectiveness He calls out ways in which even well meaning people often act against their own interest politically sometimes through ignorance of the mechanics of the system and sometimes because of a failure to appreciate the impact of external perceptions For example he makes a very interesting and critical comparison between the 1993 LGBT March on Washington and the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington dissecting the structure of each and its effect on public opinion and thus politicians and public policyOne message that stands out with respect to political effectiveness is When the Left gets angry they go out and march When the Right gets angry they go out and vote Guess which one wins?Without having read widely in politics it's hard for me to judge the veracity of all of his statements or the accuracy of his assessment of how the politics fell out in each case The text is persuasive but then persuasiveness is his job But I'll grant him credit that he clearly admits to a number of tactical strategic or ethical mistakes He gives his thought process and often emotional state around each along with his diagnosis of why it turned out to be a mistake That adds a level of authenticity to the successes he claims Though reading between the lines it does feel like he may be sweeping some of the strong arm tactics of politics under the rugA key message that he returns to throughout the book is that we're currently suffering from a vicious cycle instigated by the anti government folks they push out propaganda about how useless and ineffective the government is then they cut funding to key sectors which makes government less effective which makes people angry which they use as support for the assertion of government ineffectiveness leading to cuts etc The most pernicious part of it is that it's often supported by an utter fantasy that it's possible to have excellent governmental services and programs without paying for them simply by eliminating corruption inefficiency and waste I can see the trend myself even within the relatively brief span that I've been marginally politically aware It troubled me before I read Mr Frank's book but he highlighted the problem clearly We have to shift the message from It's our money and the government wants to take it to They're our services and you get what you pay for

  9. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    I don't usually read political memoirs because they're too often sanitized works of self delusion by the sort of pathological narcissists and other assorted dingbats who generally run for office and then write a book about it I made an exception for this one because Barney Frank is that rare species of a congressman who both had the privilege to be able to speak his mind for his entire electoral career and is educated enough to be able to speak intelligently when he does In that respect I was not disappointed for this is as political memoirs go an uncompromisingly honest work filled with the same wry intelligent often self deprecating humor Frank was known for as an elected official It's also an extremely tightly written and well edited work Almost every book by a real journalist that I've read recently has been weaker technically than Frank's and that is no small feat In particular Frank unlike many politicians is accomplished at delivering information in succinct paragraphs that pretty much anyone can understand The chapters are still about 40 pages each but they never get bogged down in excessive detail and there's remarkably little bloviation for someone who was in Congress for 32 years The first sentence sets the tone for the entire book and for Frank's life as he presents it that he discovered early on while growing up in New Jersey that he was attracted to politics and to men Most of the rest of the book covers these twin themes of using political power to benefit the economically disadvantaged and to advance the cause of gay rights Regardless of how well covered certain events were in the media Frank only discusses something if he personally finds it to be important which is admirable in the post 1994 era of Democrats refusing to lead on any issue until the media and the opposition have defined it for them One particularly illustrative instance Dick Armey's high profile homophobic bullying of Frank while Armey was majority whip in the late 90's and other similar events is not mentioned at all despite being a major media non story at the time It's a very honest work in that respect One other thing struck me and this is Frank's approach toward opposing political points of view He in particular laments repeatedly the many opportunities that liberals have missed that would advance the cause of middle and working class white men and advances the view that the complete lack of impact of gay rights issues on voting returns and the now widespread public acceptance for gay marriage despite the total hostility to such things earlier in Frank's lifetime indicates that the public favors economic security than superficial social distractions He also makes it very clear that he believes coastal affluent liberals' attacks on other potentially Democratic voting Americans for being too blandly homogenous eg the Pete Seeger song Little Boxes or general denunciations of the Midwest are electorally foolish and serve only to alienate mainstream voters for the sake of temporary neuroticism because having the option to be anything other than blandly homogenous reuires an education and family background that most people simply don't have access to even in America Interestingly Frank also advances a spirit of cooperation that one as outspoken as he is might not be expected to advance even going as far as to speak of collaborating with the occasional Tea Party congressman during his last term if they happened to share his view on a particular issue; strange bedfellows indeed Rather Frank's harshest criticism in the entire book is reserved for Ralph Nader's Republican enabling spoiler campaign during the 2000 presidential election and Frank's deepest political regrets for the subseuent loss of the progressive policies of the Gore administration that never was which would have had the ability to be way progressive than Obama was able to be after eight years of Bush fundamentally altered the national calculus There's also the element that it's just interesting to hear about these nationally prominent issues and personalities Monica Lewinsky Dodd Frank Bill Clinton generally etc from someone who was intimately involved on a political level and has no self serving reason not to be honest about his experience Ultimately this is a high uality memoir that offers valuable insight into the political reality of the last 40 years on both a national and personal level For this reason though it is not an absolute must read it's still an interesting and impressive work and deserving of a read for those interested in the man or his causes

  10. Ted Ted says:

    Congressman Barney Frank employs his characteristic wit and humor to keep the tone light in this memoir The average reader would probably find the book dull but I recommend it to political junkiesMy favorite recurring theme is that achieving real change is hard work and is rarely fun If you're preaching to the choir you're not changing any minds This is illustrated in Frank's account of a 1993 Don't Ask Don't Tell rally in Washington To my deep disappointment the march confirmed my impression that many of my allies preferred undisciplined self expression to serious participation in the political process There were elouent appeals to allow us to serve our country But their impact was substantially diluted if not obliterated by others One prominent lesbian comedian exulted that there was finally a first lady that she would like to 'fuck' her remark was carried live by C SPAN and widely cheered by the march audience I take credit for preventing what would have been an even greater disaster As I waited behind the stage to be introduced I was horrified to see nine or ten of the gay soldiers who had been victimized by the ban standing shoulder to shoulder beginning a rhythmic kick routine with accompanying campy gestures Nothing could have been devastating to our argument that LGBT people would blend comfortably into the military than a photo or worse a video of these guys lined up not to march but to emulate the RockettesThis image reminds me of some of the Tea Party rallies of the past few years Those who spend much time in the echo chamber become deaf to the preferences of the general electorateFrank rightly in my view excoriates Gavin Newsom for counterproductively attempting to force the issue of gay marriage By getting ahead of the law and the voters Newsome caused a huge backlash and retarded progress Sometimes one must be content with baby steps; in the end this is usually the faster and effective way of achieving a goal than is insisting on all or nothing from the startFrank also effectively illustrates the insidiousness of the GOP's tax policies over the past several decades With substantially lower revenue the government has to enact cuts The cuts are so significant that the government cannot satisfactorily perform its functions Voters then see the government becoming ineffective decide that government is incompetent and support even further cuts He cites this as a key reason that lower and middle income white males tend to vote GOP This critical bloc of voters is disaffected from government not because they don't believe it should play an active role but because they are disappointed it hasn't played an effective role The biggest single reason for this is that conservatives have made sure that there is not enough government revenue for it to succeed The angrier voters become with government for not meeting their expectations the they vote for politicians who are philosophically opposed to an extended public sector role and support cutting taxes This obviously results in government becoming even less able to deliver which leads to antigovernment votingOther passages I likedTwo hundred years ago Jeremy Bentham explained why his advocacy of 'the greatest good for the greatest number' did not call for socialism leveling as it was then known A person's pain in losing something he asserted is usually greater than the pleasure someone else experiences in benefiting from that lossAfter one of Adlai Stevenson's elouent intellectually sophisticated speeches a supporter told him he would 'get the votes of all the thinking people' 'Thank you madam' he replied 'but I need a majority'

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