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On Memoirs of U.S. Presidents

Why are so many candidates’ books ‘psycho-self-puffery’?

Many of the most popular stories on Medium are conversion narratives, or accounts of how someone saw the light on a subject and was saved by a process he or she describes. This trend didn’t start with Medium, or with the TED talks that use a variation on the theme.



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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.