Margaret Scott

迪克·切尼的代价

伦敦——乔治·W·布什已经开始撰写回忆录。在你做出反应前先数十下。

政治领袖的自传算不上是一种严肃的文学形式。首先,虽然也有像尼赫鲁、丘吉尔和戴高乐这样的例外情况,但是没有几位领导人擅长写作。怪不得多数领导人雇佣“枪手”代笔,这让人联想起罗伯特·哈里斯精彩的同名惊险小说中塑造的角色,这的确是对英国前首相托尼·布莱尔的致命的批评。

其次,这些回忆录通常不过是自我证明之作,文中间或点缀着作者在担任最高长官期间所遇见的知名人物。举个例子,尽管比尔·克林顿本人的演讲充满热情、智慧和雄辩,但他的自传却根本不值一读。

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