Should Politicians REALLY write Books?
Barack Obama released a new children book. Tony Blair released a new book. Thousands of books are fresh out from the press. They all have the name of world leaders on their cover.
Evidently there is a new formula of success when it comes to writing a best-seller. Today books released by world leaders rank high in the list of best sellers. But, do the people need to read books about political figures? We hear them talk every day. Do we really need a copy of their book in our coffee table? There is freedom of speech, so anyone does have the right to write. But what about the writers who struggle day in and day out with the perfection of words? Writing can be an underpaid job. Yet, most decent writers dedicate to writing with passion.
As Cervantes wrote, (probably in prison after collecting money for the Spanish Kingdom), "Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it." So yes, the field of writing is unique.
While writers budget and guidelines is set by editorial boards in closed rooms inside tall Corporations buildings, the public is left with political-leaders new best-sellers to read.
Thousands of excellent books are written every year by outstanding writers. They are passed down and forgotten. These writers work through poverty, work on the fields, report and sweat on every page. Some even write behind bars, like the thousands of political prisoners around the world. Others live by their word.
Publishing Houses continue to release books from within the "Silver Establishment", under bright suns, while they break to discuss the state of the stock exchange market.
If you are a writer and feel at times as if you are fighting giant windmills, have no doubt about it, political leaders and their books are in it for the long run. What journalists are left with is to either review the copy or to decline writing about it. Letís just hope that our brains do not dry out before we finish the book. Letís just hope we do come to our senses.
Is everything in this world turned into a political maneuver? Why are we obsessed with figures that speak for us? Today, good writers not only compete with romantic novels, they compete with books released by world leaders. Do they have a chance of surviving?
Books is the way children read into the past and understand it. Books are the carriers of information that strive through generations. Are books today an independent and unbiased source of history and knowledge?
Is documenting history and novelising the imagination no longer the role of writers, journalists, historians and critics? Politicians have always written books, but now thanks to globalisation they are super-sized and trendy. Is political publishing the new niche of Publishing Houses? Should politicians write books?