Has anyone ever read an autobiography or memoir that you felt (even if you are not necc. certain) contained deliberate factual misstatements or just some good old-fashoned bullshit lies?
I am reading a book now (George Tenet’s “At The Center Of The Storm” about his experiences directing the CIA from 1997-2004) that I believe has some factual untruths woven into it’s otherwise very well written (and seemingly honest, truthful) content.
(I only mention the specific book here because it is what spurred this question—I dont want this to be about politics or any one particular book)
There are two other books I have read in the recent past that I would bet also contain accounts of events or things that never really happened or that are so wildly different from what actually did happen that they are all but unrecogniseable, though these are just my personal feelings, and I will never know if I am right, or if my B.S. detector is way off on this.
Bob Dylan’s “Chronicles-Volume One”
Augusten Burroughs’ “Running With Scissors”
Now I have never met Bob Dylan or Augusten Burroughs before, and I have nothing factual to base my feelings on, but in my opinion, both of these memoirs have a lot of things described in them that probably never really actually happened, or if they did happen are exaggerated about in such a way as to make them virtually untrue.
Again, these are just a couple of examples (and for the record I am a huge fan of Bob Dylan’s musical legacy) but I am wondering if any of you have similar examples of memoirs that dont pass your “sniff test” even if all you have to go on is a gut feeling that someone is full of it.
Sarah Palin’s book is automatically off the table.