Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage is one man's account of the country's transformation and a four-decade long career in Congress. Many Americans recall Frank's lacerating wit, whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment or the pro-life movement. But the contours of his personal and political life are less well known.
From the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over "big government" and gays in the military during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, the congressman from Massachusetts was at the center of the action.
In his memoir, Frank candidly discusses the frustrations and fears that come with elected office and recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet for many years. He discusses his quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures such as Tip O'Neill and 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. Through it all, Frank analyzes the skills a successful politician must bring to the job and how even Congress can be made to work. In conversation with Albert R. Hunt, a Bloomberg View columnist.
Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011, Frank served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist appearing on Mondays. The executive editor of Bloomberg News, he directs coverage of the Washington bureau, which includes more than 250 reporters and editors. Hunt hosts the weekly television show "Political Capital with Al Hunt." In his four decades at the Wall Street Journal, he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor and wrote the weekly column "Politics & People." Al also directed the Journal's polls, was president of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and a board member of the Ottaway community newspapers. He was a panelist on the CNN programs "The Capital Gang" and "Novak, Hunt & Shields." Al is co-author of books on U.S. elections by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. His Bloomberg column also appears in the International Herald Tribune.