The Washington Post

Do you prefer your political memoirs dull, predictable or unsurprising?

Hillary Clinton's new memoir of her time at the State Department is officially for sale. She is scheduled to sign up a storm -- perhaps for eternity -- and there are already so many book reviews that an anthology of the collected criticisms of "Hard Choices" should be available at a book store near you by the end of the week.

The hoopla hasn't translated into glowing book reviews. However, if you step back and look at reviews of political memoirs past, it's hard to find a single example of a critic swooning when presented with the latest installment of syndicated campaign diner anecdotes. The difference between campaign books is so imperceptible that it can be difficult to figure out which one reviewers are complaining about where you remove the proper nouns. As boring as the campaign books may be, the descriptions of them haven't changed much over the years either.

Are you such a scholar of political memoirs that you can distinguish one described as eye-crossingly dull from one that is merely duller than usual?

1

Who wrote this eye-crossingly dull political memoir?

George W. Bush
Ronald Reagan
Bill Clinton
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

2

Which quintessentially American politician posed for this book?

Robert Gates
Jon Huntsman
Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld

3

Which politician tried to settle scores in a political memoir?

Hillary Clinton
Sarah Palin
Margaret Thatcher
Michelle Bachmann

4

Which politician revealed no surprises in their political memoir?

All of them
Madeline Albright
Sandra Day O'Connor
Hillary Clinton

5

Which politician wrote a memoir that appeared to be written on autopilot?

Barack Obama
George W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
Jimmy Carter

6

Which president wrote a memoir that basically doubled as the source material for Captain America?

Ronald Reagan
Dwight Eisenhower
Bill Clinton
Teddy Roosevelt

7

Which politician wrote a memoir that could have been half its length?

All of them
Newt Gingrich
Lyndon B. Johnson
Hillary Clinton

8

Which politician wrote a political memoir some found to be dry?

Gerald Ford
Mitt Romney
Jimmy Carter
John Kerry

9

Which politician disappointed this Amazon customer reviewer?

Condoleeza Rice
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Hillary Clinton
Nancy Reagan

10

Which politician wrote a memoir some found to be boring?

Herbert Hoover
William Howard Taft
Dwight Eisenhower
Richard Nixon

11

Which politician used a few cliches in their memoir?

All of them.
Tony Blair
David Cameron
Margaret Thatcher

12

Which politician wrote a political memoir that seemed shallow, dull and lined with boilerplate?

All of them
Thomas Whitmore.
Do you think so little of my reading comprehension? It literally says that they are all dull right there.

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