"It would be naive to pick up the memoir of a recently retired politican expecting total candor. This may not be a law of nature - a lasting contribution to the American literary canon is Ulysses S. Grant's 'Personal Memoirs,' written when the author was dying and had no interest in doing anything other than telling the truth - but it's a sound rule of thumb.
"Today's retired politicians are usually trying to rush out their memoirs before the window of interest has narrowed, and they are more concerned with keeping secrets than with telling them. The resulting books are often hard to get through, and many of them are for owning rather than reading."
- John Lanchester, The New Yorker, September 13, 2010