George W Bush’s memoir (Which, of course, no decent person should read.)
The presidential memoir is among the more dreadful of literary forms. Most of them are far too long, and suffocating for the heavy woolen tone of false modesty that swaddles the egomania at the heart of the matter. They are defensive, evasive and stiff.
Spot on. Try reading Jimmy Carter’s memoirs. Klein writes further:
Bush’s was an exhausting presidency that will, I suspect, be remembered more for its waste – of time, lives, money, moral standing and economic strength – than anything else.
And then he concludes:
We struggle to recover from the thoughtless carnage of his tenure.
Boycott the memoir.