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George W Bush’s memoir (Which, of course, no decent person should read.)

November 24, 2010

The final word has got to be that of Joe Klein, the correspondent for Time Magazine and author of Primary Colours

He writes:

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.

3 Comments
  1. Tim permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:44 am

    Joe Klein actually wrote some positive things about Bush’s memoir. I never particularly liked Bush but I think it’s intellectual dishonesty on your part to not include those parts of Joe Klein’s article in your post.

  2. Bruce Mcleod permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:59 am

    A democrat mate of mine in Utah got his copy signed. What would you like me to write Bush asked? I lied, replied my mate.

  3. nlcae permalink
    November 29, 2010 7:32 pm

    Oh come on Bob, relax a li’l. Bush’s memoir, while full of trash, was a very good laugh. As in, I was laughing AT Bush the whole time.

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