Tomorrow, with great fanfare, Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices drops at a book retailer near you. Partisans have already lined up to debate whether the 656-page tome is worth reading or not.
From its characterization as a "newsless snore" to its nominally juicy tidbits to its parsing of relevant policy from Bowe Bergdahl to Benghazi to Syria, it's not earth-shattering to submit that Hard Choices is being considered almost exclusively by its non-literary qualities. What, pray tell, are the non-literary qualities of the book?
Well, first we must acknowledge that this is a book inasmuch as George W. Bush's portraits, based on top Google search images, are art. Or as Mark Leibovich predicted last month, Hard Choices will enter "the expanding political subgenre of Inoffensively Clichéd and Calculated Titles Composed of Inoffensive Clichés and Calculations."
In other words, he concludes, "the most engaging political memoirs are written by those who are ending their political careers." Despite all this, it's difficult to argue that this book is without its implications.
So what are we to make of the most-boring-yet-the-most-important in the world?