America's Best Political Memoirs

Sarah Palin hasn't got anything on Ulysses S. Grant
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 4:38 PM CST
America's Best Political Memoirs
The cover of "Dreams From My Father," Barack Obama's pre-political memoir.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

With Going Rogue flying off the shelves, Time looks back on the best political memoirs ever, including:

  • Ulysses S. Grant—The first presidential memoir to take the nation by storm, Grant finished his book just days before he died, and loaded it with thoughtful reflections and Civil War action.

  • Richard Clarke—Bush’s former counterterrorism adviser’s bestselling 2004 book Against All Enemies was packed with damning accusations against his ex-boss, including his eagerness to link Saddam Hussein with 9/11.
  • Barack Obama—Okay, so he wasn’t in politics when he wrote Dreams from My Father. But it laid the foundation for his career, and no less than Toni Morrison praised its “big, strong, artful sentences.”
  • Dwight Eisenhower—His last memoir, At Ease: Stories I Tell To Friends was a lively collection of colorful anecdotes that drew a great portrait of the popular hero.
  • John McCainFaith of Our Fathers cemented his (somewhat reluctant) war hero image, and became a best-seller and even a made-for-TV movie.
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