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Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics Hardcover – Sep 24 2013

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Sept. 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034581326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345813268
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Extraordinary…. Fire and Ashes is a brilliant testament to the state of our politics, a cautionary tale about the perils, and pleasures, of political life and a must-read primer for anyone contemplating a political career.”
 —Robert Collison, Toronto Star
 
“Compelling and curiously moving account…. For a clear-eyed, sharply observed, mordant but ultimately hopeful account of contemporary politics this memoir is hard to beat.”
 —The Guardian
 
“A charming book, frank and funny.”
 —Paul Wells, Maclean’s
 
“Engagingly frank…. Ignatieff has written an elegant, thoughtful, candid book.”
 —Financial Times  
 
“An honest account, full of wisdom hard won.”
 —John Ivison, National Post 
 
“The shelves are full of memoirs written by successful politicians, painting their careers with the rosy glow of battles won. Michael Ignatieff tells a very different tale: of humility, self-discovery, and human connection. It is a book that plumbs the essence of politics, one that all voters and the leaders who would represent them should read.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
 
“A distinguished intellectual, writer, journalist and academic gives up his library and his chair at Harvard to pursue a political career at the highest level and for six years he experiences the passion and the fever, the enthusiasm and the intrigue, the failure and the success of party politics in the vast Canadian scene. Six years after that immersion in political life, he goes back to his library, he does some thinking and he offers us an exceptionally insightful and honest account of that adventure. This book is a compass that will help the reader find his or her way in the dizzying maze that politics has become in the great modern democracies.”
—Mario Vargas Llosa

About the Author

MICHAEL IGNATIEFF was born and educated in Toronto. He gained a doctorate in history at Harvard and has held academic posts there and at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of London and the London School of Economics. His critically-acclaimed books include The Russian Album and Scar Tissue. His 6-part documentary series, Blood and Belonging, on nationalism, was shown on BBC2, CBC and PBS, and went on to win major awards in Canada and the United States. Ignatieff's writings have appeared in all the leading journals of Britain and North America, and he was for several years director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the end of 2005 he returned to his native Canada and entered the political arena, being elected a Liberal Member of Parliament and subsequently becoming leader of the party before stepping down after the election of 2011. He teaches human rights and politics at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.


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We rarely hear back from people who tried and met with failure. I enjoyed his advice for would-be politicians, his clear and enticing vision of Canada, the description of politics and its new drivers, and the crisp analysis of his own hubris.

Some parts I didn't enjoy as much, like when he gets very defensive about certain attacks he's faced, but those were short, and I can understand how difficult writing such a book can be.

I am thankful to the author to have shared such difficult moments with us. I certainly have learned a lot reading this book.
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This is a good read. It is a balanced account on a very interesting period in Canadian politics.
It provides insight into the formidable forces at work behind the scenes.
Michael has written both fiction and non fiction before this one and the experience shows.
I think it contains lessons for everyone across the political spectrum.
Perhaps most significantly, as I finished the book I was left with the thought that yeah, I'd really enjoy having a beer with this guy.
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Well crafted, eloquent, informative, and overall excellent read! It was a pleasure to learn more about this chapter of our Canadian history.
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On the eve of the 2015 federal election this should be required reading for any politico of any stripe. Critics panned Iggy for this post-defeat reflection but it offers valuable insights on lessons learned.
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