Politicians try to rewrite history, but there is scant evidence that autobiographies change the public’s views says The Economist:
There is scant evidence, however, that autobiographies change the public’s views. Memoirs by presidents, in particular, are likely to be bland. The first sections of Mr Clinton’s book are interesting enough, but the main conclusion from “My Life” is that it makes an excellent doorstop. “Dreams From My Father” is fascinating precisely because Barack Obama wrote it long before becoming president. Perhaps the last illuminating memoir by a former president was written 124 years ago, by Ulysses Grant.