I'd mentioned a few posts ago the book tour going on just now - Mary Katherine Ham hits it in this piece, "Seminar in Shamelessness The Ayers-Dohrn road show".
Once upon a time people were ashamed of their wrongs and tried thereafter to live a life of quiet goodness, attempting to repay the world for their transgretions.
Now, you write a book glorifying your actions and demand that you be held up as an example of what is best in this world.
It is a disgusting thing to see - the utter loss of sense and...decorum. However, it does make for much easier target recognition should the time come. Know your enemy.