The Art of the Political Memoir

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The Art of the Political Memoir

Memoirs are a rite of passage for high-flying American politicians. They can serve as springboards for those seeking higher office - and bridge-burners for those riding off into the sunset. But while many political memoirs follow the same...

Memoirs are a rite of passage for high-flying American politicians. They can serve as springboards for those seeking higher office - and bridge-burners for those riding off into the sunset. But while many political memoirs follow the same conventions, they often vary greatly in the insight they provide into their subjects. Kojo explores the art of the political memoir - and what makes the great ones memorable and the poor ones forgettable.

Guests

Isaac Chotiner

Senior Editor, The New Republic

Mark Leibovich

National Correspondent, New York Times Magazine; Author, "This Town: This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital" (Blue Rider Press, 2013)

Lissa Muscatine

Co-Owner, Politics & Prose (Washington, D.C.)

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This list was produced by the American Booksellers Association.

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