I had the misfortune of reading The Reagan Diaries last week, and I’ve learned something new about the man the world remembers as a doddering, senile old fool: he was also a raging egomaniac.
“I went here! I did that! Bla Bla Blah!” From cover to cover, the whole damn book is nothing but Reagan yammering on about his favorite subject: himself.
And talk about name-dropping! We’re all fully aware that The Gitler had rich and powerful friends – that’s how he managed to steal the Presidency from Jimmy Carter in the first place. But I’m sorry if I’m not impressed by how he had lunch with Helmut Kohl, especially when you consider that he probably only invited the German leader over because his name sounds “footbally”.
The sad fact is that no one wants to read other people's diaries: They’re boring! That’s why people keep them private. You sure wouldn’t want to read my 12 year-old niece’s journal – it’s just 230 pages of relentless gushing over boys, scrawled in pink marker that smells like strawberries, with teeny little hearts over the i's. So why would anyone want to read the same crap written by an 80 year-old geezer?
Apparently, Raygun thinks you do.
Now compare Reagan’s narcissistic screed to Al Gore’s brilliant masterpiece The Assault on Reason. Just as An Inconvenient Truth concluded that those who question the validity of Al Gore’s science on global warming do so because the truth is simply too inconvenient for their puny humanoid brains to process, The Assault on Reason delves deep into the nation's psyche to ask how Americans came to be so unbelievably stupid as to disagree with Al Gore on anything. Gore’s book was written not to impress us with his big Hollywood connections, but to educate us so that we can perhaps learn to understand and appreciate his Godlike wisdom.
Unlike The Reagan Diaries, The Assault on Reason is not a tribute to the writer, but a testament to his love for each and every of us. That’s because while Raygun was full of himself, Al Gore is full of something else entirely. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what it is – you’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself!