The Last Gasp of the Politics-as-Usual Memoir

New books by Barack Obama and John Boehner promise a trip down memory lane as the world burns

Images: Penguin Random House; St. Martin’s Press

John Boehner, the former speaker of the House, is enjoying a glass of red wine. A cigarette is balanced against an ashtray in a dim bar with dark wood panels. Boehner leans forward in his red leather armchair, relaxed and lightly…