Re: Sarah Palin's book
No, but not for the reasons people think.
1) It is mainly ghost written. If a person is going to write an autobiography, they should actually be the one to write it. Having a ghost writer defeats the whole concept of "autobiography" IMO. It's okay if actors use ghost writers, because they are actors and not super important in the flow of history. Also, most of them do not make a living writing. A lawmaker, however, does make a living writing laws and should be competent to write a book about themselves, however boring it might be. John Kenndy's autobiography is also supposedly ghost written. I haven't read it either for the same reason.
2) A good autobiography should reveal hitherto unknown information or clear up a cloudy issue. For example, in James Doogan's autobiography he reveals he lost part of one of his hands as a Canadian pilot in WWII and that the film makers of Star Trek always filmed him so his deformed hand would not be exposed. Palin's book does not appear to do this. She is so famous, there is very little we don't know about her. She is not exactly a private person.
3) I don't care that much for autobiographies. I find them self serving and boring especially those of politicians. I have had to read several in my studies as a historian, but I don't really like them. They rarely give insight into the person, IMO. The obvious exception to this is the James Doogan and Leonard Nimoy autobiographies, I enjoyed both of them. Nimoy's internal struggle with the feeling he was actually becoming the character he played in I am Not Spock
was truly insightful into the world of method actors. I generally find actors' autobiographies more interesting than politicians.
There is no special reason for that other than I'm a fan like anyone else. Besides, I find actors are often more honest in this sort of work, because they are not running for any office. Their reasons for writing are also probably self serving, but it's not a type of self serving interest that actually has an impact on my life. Also, their autobiographies are just more interesting. Sorry Obama, I will probably read all the autobiographies of the original Star Trek cast before yours.