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04-29-15 : Barney Frank is 'Frank'

Interpersonally Ours

Tip O'Neill — and much of the civilized world since — told us that, "All politics is local." In 'Frank,' Barney Frank offers a crisper interpretation. Politics, we learn, is personal.

The entire process, at least here in the US, is based on one-on-one relationships, handshake-less handshakes and knowing glances.

In his memoir, Barney Frank tells us his story, but he makes it clear from the first sentence that he and this book, is all about politics — and people.

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04-29-15: A 2015 Interview with Barney Frank

"...while you're trying to change it, don't ignore it..."
— Barney Frank

Barney Frank has been everywhere on his tour for his book 'Frank.'

That said, I was honored to be able to speak with him when he came to town to speak for Bookshop Santa Cruz. I was nervous, as my take on the book felt a bit unusual.

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