28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy, and Hope Hardcover – Aug 21 2012
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About the Author
Michael Bryant is a former Ontario Cabinet Minister, former Attorney General, and Harvard-educated lawyer. Bryant is currently a Principal at Ishkonigan, a consulting and mediation firm owned and operated by former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine. It assists indigenous communities, governments and the private sector to do business together. He also teaches at the University of Toronto. Bryant lives with his two children in Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
One reviewer states that Bryant's "shallowness and lack of introspection...shines through." I found the opposite - a majority of the book speaks directly to how deeply introspective he was compelled to become through his experiences.
At its core, 28 seconds is an unpleasant story of the "28 Seconds" that changed Michael Bryant's life. One evening while returning from an anniversary dinner with his prominent lawyer wife, his car bumped an inebriated and belligerent Darcy Sheppard. In the resulting altercation, Sheppard was killed after attacking Bryant and his wife while they sat in the car and tried to avoid him.
Sheppard was ultimately found responsible in part for his own death. But not before fate reduced Bryant's stature, his fortune, and his marriage to nothing.
Michael Bryant in this book talks about how his life was so great until the 28 seconds - he had enjoyed a series of incredible political victories - and about his underlying problems - his alcoholism and the gradual disintegration of him marriage.
Many, including myself, appreciate the irony of one of the most powerful lawyers in the province coming under the incredible weight of a full prosecution stemming from the police laying charges for his killing of Sheppard.
The shallowness and lack of introspection of Bryant shines through the whole book. That is why this book is so interesting. Bryant wrote it honestly, warts and all, in spite of the fact that he emerges from it as an unsympathetic character.
The worst part of the book is chapter 13 - "Uncomfortably Numb" which features the Bryant's philosophizing on how to be a better person as he stumbles through a weak and unaware recitation of the tenets of secular humanism.
For fans of Queens Park, there is lots of good gossip and stories here. Including an section on page 73 where Bryant goes into detail about cabinet deliberations - which I will assume Bryant had sworn to keep secret. Again, this stuff is well worth reading.
Overall, a book well worth reading, if you can get past its difficult and tragic core story line.
Most recent customer reviews
Couldn't finish this book. It's all about him. Name dropping, only the best for him. Could not stand it.Published 21 months ago by CJ
If you implicitly trust that the police are always right - think again! This true story of a personal and legal nightmare will keep you reading.Published on Feb. 26 2014 by Leslie Winston
"28 Seconds" by Michael Bryant is a very easy read but at the same time, one cannot help but feel sorry for all the victims which include the bicyclist, his family and friends,... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2013 by Michael P. Maciuk
In the summer of 2009 Michael Bryant, the former attorney general of Ontario, was driving along a major downtown Toronto street when he and his wife were confronted by an... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2012 by Craig Rowland