美國前總統歐巴馬出版了一本名為《A Promised Land》的新書，美加第一天面市就出售了將近89萬本，似乎可能成為最佳銷量的前總統自傳。
Former US president Barack Obama published his memoir A Promised Land, which was sold for nearly 890,000 copies in US and Canada on the first day. It seems like it is going to be the best selling memoir of a former US president.
This news reminded me of a Bill Clinton’s autobiography that I bought many years ago. I can only remember the stories about his winning of presidential election and taking the oath of office. Subsequent chapters were only day-to-day accounts during his years in office. I was skimming through the pages while I was watching documentaries. To put it simply, the so-called autobiographies most likely written by ghost writers are actually not interesting. I had skimmed through autobiography of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and the dull reading experience was about the same.
Speaking of biographies of politicians, the greatest writer is Anthony Seldon, the authority in writing British political biographies. I read several Seldon’s books on former British prime minister Tony Blair. I really enjoyed his works for the detailed records of how things unfold, the narration of the stories, and the elegance of British English writing style. Which shows that British English is still better for reading.
Opportunities to ghostwrite are available in the copywriting market. For ghostwriters who wish to take up the projects but are unsure about the writing direction, they can always take autobiographies published in US as a reference. Writing in a style similar to US English is easier for writers to learn the writing style and for readers to read.