Yeltsin's book was a pleasant surprise. The book certainly isn't slim, and when I picked it up, I anticipated a typically dry autobiography written in a prickly, defensive tone. Yeltsin, however, writes honestly, and rather than an arrogant drunkard, I saw a down-to-earth and somewhat perpetually-troubled man. Yeltsin mixes a daily diary with his documentation of some of the more publicized events--sex scandals, wars, and the like--to make a work that reads like a novel.
Now, the above isn't to say that this autobiography isn't biased, because it certainly is. Yeltsin glosses over certain issues and personal flaws, such as his exasperating penchant for dismissing prime ministers, aides, and all kinds of other government bureaucrats every few months. Yeltsin apparently has very high standards--though what, precisely, he's looking for in his personnel he never explains exactly--and a fondness for perfection that isn't readily apparent in media depictions of him. But keeping its one-sidedness in mind, we still see Yeltsin as a calculating commandeer, rather than a blathering puppet. Though he might have fallen to the latter in the latter part of his career, he definitely wasn't always so.
I believe the book is well worth reading, because, in my opinion, it is absolutely essential to examine history from as many viewpoints as possible. This is why I highly recommend reading autobiographies in general.
That being said, this book might not necessarily be for everyone. Because of Yeltsin's constantly-changing Kitchen Cabinet, there are myriads of names to keep track of, and most, being Russian, end in "ov," "ev," or "sky," which doesn't make them very conducive to being committed to memory. This is made more complicated by the fact that a full Russian name consists not of two names, but of three; a personal (given) name, a patronymic, and a surname. Though a character--in my following example, the Minster of the Interior--might be introduced as "Anatoly Sergeyevich Kulikov" for the first time, Yeltsin will subsequently refer to him as "Anatoly Sergeyevich," as is Russian custom.
For those new to Russian history and politics or simply unfamiliar with these older names, there is a useful chart featuring the names and descriptions of the "principal figures" available at the beginning of the book. I'd suggest dog-earing the page, as you will be referring to it often.
Politics aside, it's a good book written by a good man, and it has a permanent place on my shelf.