For our show on The Art of the Political Memoir, we pulled together the best-selling memoirs by political figures from May 2004 to May 2014, based on sales at independent bookstores across the United States.

This list was produced by the American Booksellers Association.

To find the books at an independent bookseller, click here.

The list

  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage)

    By Barack Obama

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Vintage</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Audacity-Hope-Thoughts-Reclaiming-American/dp/0307455874?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307455874" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • My Life

    By Bill Clinton

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Knopf</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Bill-Clinton/dp/0375414576?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0375414576" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • True Compass: A Memoir

    By Edward M. Kennedy

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Twelve</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/True-Compass-Edward-M-Kennedy/dp/0446539252?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0446539252" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Decision Points

    By George W. Bush

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Crown Publishers</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Decision-Points-George-W-Bush/dp/0307590615?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307590615" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    By Sarah Palin

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                                <p class="book-publisher">HarperCollins</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Going-Rogue-American-Sarah-Palin/dp/0061939897?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0061939897" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    By Alan Greenspan

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Penguin Books</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Age-Turbulence-Adventures-New-World/dp/0143114166?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0143114166" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    By Robert M Gates

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Knopf</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Duty-Memoirs-Secretary-at-War/dp/0307959473?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0307959473" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    By Nelson Mandela

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Back Bay Books</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Freedom-Autobiography-Mandela/dp/0316548189?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0316548189" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Spoken from the Heart

    By Laura Bush

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Scribner</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spoken-Heart-Laura-Bush/dp/1439155208?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1439155208" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • A Fighting Chance

    By Elizabeth Warren

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Metropolitan Books</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chance-Elizabeth-Warren/dp/1627790527?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1627790527" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • The Reagan Diaries

    By Ronald Reagan

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Reagan-Diaries-Ronald/dp/0061558338?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0061558338" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Rewriting History

    By Dick Morris

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rewriting-History-Dick-Morris/dp/0060736690?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060736690" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

    By Madeleine Albright

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Prague-Winter-Personal-Remembrance-1937-1948/dp/0062030345?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0062030345" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    By Dick Cheney

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Threshold Editions</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-Time-Personal-Political-Memoir/dp/1439176191?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1439176191" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    By Chris Matthews

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Simon & Schuster</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tip-Gipper-When-Politics-Worked/dp/1451695993?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1451695993" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Faith of My Fathers

    By

                                John McCain
                                                                                 and  
                                Mark Salter
    
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                                <p class="book-publisher">Random House</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Faith-My-Fathers-John-McCain/dp/1400067928?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1400067928" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

    By Colin Powell

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Worked-Me-Life-Leadership/dp/0062135139?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0062135139" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities

    By Elizabeth Edwards

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Broadway Books</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Resilience-Reflections-Burdens-Facing-Adversities/dp/0767931564?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0767931564" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government

    By Valerie Plame Wilson

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Simon & Schuster</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fair-Game-Agent-Betrayed-Government/dp/1416537627?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1416537627" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box

    By Madeleine Albright

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Melcher Media</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Read-My-Pins-Stories-Diplomats/dp/0060899182?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0060899182" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

    By Louis J. Freeh

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                                <p class="book-publisher">St. Martin's Press</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/My-FBI-Bringing-Investigating-Fighting/dp/B003A02S3Y?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B003A02S3Y" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

    By Condoleezza Rice

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Crown</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/No-Higher-Honor-Memoir-Washington/dp/030758786X?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=030758786X" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • At the Center of the Storm: The CIA During America's Time of Crisis

    By Bill Harlow

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                                <p class="book-publisher">Harper Perennial</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/At-Center-Storm-During-Americas/dp/B00394DFYC?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00394DFYC" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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  • Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience

    By

                                Gabrielle Giffords
                                                                                 and  
                                Mark Kelly
    
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                                <p class="book-publisher">Scribner</p>
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            <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Gabby-Story-Courage-Love-Resilience/dp/145166107X?SubscriptionId=0EP44N4Z8Y93MBZ1ZC82&tag=kojo-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=145166107X" class="button-purchase" target="_blank">Buy</a></p>
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