WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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 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.

Best-Selling Political Memoirs, 2004 to 2014

For our show, 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.

See the full list here

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